The Produce Box Review

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.  the produce box of NC

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?

Improving Our Eating Habits as a Couple

This was a post I written about a year ago sharing the progress my husband and I made as a couple with our eating habits. I thought before I publish a post about further progress we’ve made, I’d share a bit of where we came from with our eating habits.

We knew that adjusting our diet and changing our eating habits were going to be mandatory for success. We’ve both been reading books and websites on the subject to get some general guidelines.  Food Inc with it’s DVD, website, and book combo offered some more information on the quality of food we should be putting into our bodies and more healthy tipsginger chicken in a clay pot

Adjusting Our Grocery List

I think a huge step for us in adjusting our groceries is we now try to read the labels before we buy. We’ve glanced on them occasionally, but we lazily relayed on the package cover to give us our information. We’re going to have to adjust our shopping list and I’m going have to do a grocery price book to reflect the new items we pick up now.

Drinking More Water and Switching Our Milk

We’ve never been big soda drinkers, but we love drinking juices. We would go through a ton of juice through the week. What we’ve done is cut back on drinking so much juice and tried to incorporate more water into our routines. I carry a water bottle some days to help me stay on goal. After a couple weeks, it’s become a habit and I want to have more water. That’s good news as I’m reducing calories and saving a little bit of money on our grocery bills.

We’ve also tried some different milk options than the whole milk we’ve been using. First we did the 2% choice and it was alright. I didn’t like the taste. We’ve had lactose free milk which was a bit sweet, but it tasted pretty good. We heard from some friends to try our almond milk and I was amazed by how much I love it. We use it for cereal and put some in our coffee. If you want to see the difference between all your milk options, FitSugar has a great chart to check out.

I will say that I wish almond milk was a bit cheaper and readily available.

Making Breakfast a Routine

Having breakfast as part of our morning routine is an adjustment. Too often we’re grabbing coffee (or maybe a smoothie if we have time) and get started with the day. However we need to have our weekday morning be more like our weekend morning, by having a solid breakfast.

Since time is an issue, we decided to have a cold cereal option to help us. We kept reading how skipping breakfast can sabotage your blood sugar and hinder weight loss. Having a good breakfast can increase your energy leveland reduce your chances of gorging later.

Cutting Back on Buying Snacks

As we’ve all heard, junk food is waste of calories and doesn’t have any real benefits for you.

Like I mentioned before, I love sweets and I had a habit of buying sweets as part of my grocery routine. What I try to do now if reduce the frequency of getting junk food when I go to the store. When we grocery shop together, this is less of an issue and we’ve done pretty well with it. This is a problem area for me though and I think it’ll be some time before I say I’m happy with my shopping habits.

Your Thoughts on Eating Healthy as a Couple

What are you guys doing to eat better? What has been the hardest change? What has been an easy adjustment for you?

Photo Credit: NickNguyen

 

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Married Food – Good Food is Better Together

Thanks for visiting Married Food! We’re excited about sharing our love for food with others and learning from one another.  Topics we’ll cover include, but aren’t limited to: pasta and vegetables

  • Cooking Tips & Tricks: Something that I enjoy learning from my friends is tricks on saving time in the kitchen. I truly believe that making people feel comfortable in the kitchen helps them to make better choices.
  • Family and Health: Food has an impressive effect on our health and we want to address topics that affect us. We won’t talk much about specific diets you should or shouldn’t do, but rather look at the components to a balanced and reasonable diet.
  • Favorite Bites: Do you have a favorite restaurant, CSA program, or local chef? We’ll share ours and I hope you submit your own picks.
  • Food for Thought: A topic that interest me is how food is psychology and marketing are involves with our food choices nowadays. We’ll look at how we can take external cues and improve our diets.
  • Global Tastes: We want to share culture behind global cuisine and have some overviews about certain cuisines.
  • Munch and Money: For many people if they can finding affordable and delicious food, they’ll support it. We’ll include tips on how to manage and optimize your grocery bills to keep your food budget in control.
  • Recipes: Please feel free to submit and share your favorite recipes.
  • Sustainable Food: From the farm to your plate, we want discuss locally sourced food and viable options for couples and families.

Married Food is more focused as food & lifestyle blog rather than having just quick and easy recipe site. It’ll grow as we get your ideas on it.

Married Food Contributors

Since I believe enjoying food is enhanced with others, I asked around to see if there were any like minded bloggers for the site. I was grateful to have some step up and offer their expertise.

  • Elle: That would be me 🙂 My husband and I are like most people – we wanted to eat better, but we needed to find a way to incorporate our personal habits. We started switching our diet to less processed options and found that not only did we get healthier, but we enjoyed food more. I’ll share reviews, tips, and books that have helped us make the transition. I also write over at Couple Money and discuss balancing family and finances.
  • Wojo: A food fan, Wojo told me he loves sharing his kitchen knowledge with his friends. He also has many global dishes at his home and he’s a fan of Top chef.  He’s also a writer at Fiscal Fizzle where he discusses personal finance.
  • Kay Lynn: She’s a busy grandmother of six and mother of five children who appreciate sharing practical and time saving tips. In addition to writing here, she also write about preparing for retirement at Bucksome Boomer.
  • Audrey: She’s the voice behind Wifey of a Roadie, one of my favorite blogs on travel and more. She adds her unique take as she travels around the world. Do you eat on the go a lot? I think you’ll enjoy M’s recommendations and tips.

What I’m excited about is the diversity of interest and skill levels with all the contributors here on the site. With 3 of us also writing about personal finance I also think you’ll see plenty of financially practical tips to help you find good food for your family.

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