One of our goals this year is to shave a little off our grocery bill and improve the quality of the food we’re getting. We decided to looking to getting more fresh produce in our meals, but the prices seemed discouraging. After some thought, we started looking at Local Harvest to see what some options were.
We discovered The Produce Box and felt like it would help us achieve our goals. I thought it would be appropriate for our first review to be them since we’re trying them this season.
The Produce Box- What is It?
The Produce Box offers locally grown, farm-fresh produce delivery service to members in the Wake County area. The cost for the program we’re looking at is $22/week plus a yearly $15 membership fee.
Compared to what we were seeing, the cost seemed very reasonable so we went ahead and signed up for it this season. They’ve recently expanded to the Wilmington, NC area in case anyone is interested.
What You Get with The Produce Box
What’s included in a typical small box? While it varies according to what’s in season, I found a listing of last season’s packages. A great option with this CSA is that for most week, there are alternate boxes you can sign up for and adds on like more fruit. Having some choice on what we get was very appealing to us.
- 10 Ears Of Corn, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Field Tomatoes, Peaches, and 1 Surprise Item From The Farm
- 10-12 peaches,1 personal seedless watermelon ,6-8 ears of corn ,1 pint blueberries,Tomatoes , 2 sprite melons
- Field or Roma Tomatoes, Bell pepper, Peaches, Potatoes, Butternut squash, Sprite melon, Cherry or Grape tomatoes
Besides having a variety of choices each week, the portions seem reasonable for the two of us. There have been times where we buy more to get a discount, but we’ve had to dump a portion of it because we didn’t use it in time. If we start having more than we can eat or store with this program, we can simply out of the following week’s delivery.
Thoughts on The Produce Box and CSA
We have received a few deliveries this season and so far it’s been great. The only hard part of ordering is deciding which box to pick out. We’ve tried purple sweet potatoes for the first time and the strawberries from Lewis Farms has been fantastic. My husband and I have also have to adjust to the slightly different appearance of the fresh produce. The baby spinach doesn’t seem so baby as it is in the store and the Lewis Farm strawberries are bigger than we’re used to eating.
I’d like to get your take on community supported agriculture and how it affects you. How many of you have participated with a CSA? What have been some fo the pros and cons of joining? Have you been able to save money on groceries?