Surprise Delivery

In case you couldn’t gather from yesterday’s post, San Antonio was not the healthiest of trips. I always go with the best of intentions and end up failing miserably and overdoing it while I am away for work. While I know it’s not the end of the world, it’s frustrating that I can’t seem to master eating healthy on a business trip…

One good move I did make was on Saturday I decided to order a box of fruits and vegetables from Washington’s Green Grocer. I ordered a box from them one other time which you can read about here, and while I was overall satisfied, I wasn’t impressed enough to order it again since then, which was about a year ago.

When I placed the order from my iPhone, I think I misread something because I was under the impression it was coming Monday. My thought was that I wouldn’t have time to grocery shop and when I got home from my trip, I’d have a box of fruits and veggies waiting. After I placed the order though, I totally forgot that I did and there was no box waiting at home on Monday.

Yesterday, however, was a different story.

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When I saw the box sitting up against my door like that when I got home, I had NO idea what it was until I took a closer look and realized it was a box full of fresh fruits and veggies!

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This time, I was REALLY impressed with the value of the box. Everything was in excellent condition, and it cost $31.25 with delivery including all fees. I ordered a small mixed box, which includes some organic, some transitional, and some conventional produce.

Check out how much they packed into the box!

First up, the fruit.

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    • 2 grapefruit
    • 3 naval oranges
    • 3 red pears
    • 6 fuji apples

*Note: This time I requested NO bananas, because last time they were a little bruised up and I am super particular about my bananas for some reason, so I’m not sure what they gave in place, but there was definitely a ton in the box!

Next up, the veggies:

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    • 2 portabella mushrooms (already gone)
    • 1 bunch of carrots w/the greens
    • 1 head cauliflower
    • 2 avocado
    • 2 cucumber
    • green beans (in the bag)
    • green leaf lettuce

Quite a lot of produce for just $31.25 including delivery! While I don’t think this will be a weekly thing by any means, I do think I’m going to try to make use of it during particularly busy weeks. I also love the idea of having it delivered when I’m just getting back to a trip and won’t have time to head to the store so that I have no excuses to get back on track immediately.

Have you ever used a delivery service for produce and/or groceries? Would you?

16 Comments on Surprise Delivery

  1. Victoria
    February 3, 2012 at 8:38 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve ordered from green grocer SO MUCH since you mentioned them on your blog and I love them. I am always planning recipes/meals for the week around what they are offering. Enjoy!

  2. Diandra
    February 3, 2012 at 9:07 am (9 years ago)

    I’d love to, but our services only deliver to the first closed door, which means the produce would have to wait outside in the cold/heat until one of us gets home.

  3. Life's a Bowl
    February 3, 2012 at 9:08 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve heard a few great stories and a few horror stories about ordering food online and having it delivered… I think I would trust ordering a box of fresh produce from a local farmer who boxes it all by hand more than ordering it from a mainstream grocery store who uses machines to box it all… I don’t like to get mushed or bruised any kinda food!

  4. Sarah W.
    February 3, 2012 at 9:09 am (9 years ago)

    I think its a GREAT idea – I might even use them.

    While it might be a tad more expensive than the store, you are supporting local growers and also eating/trying different produce you may not regularly pick up at the store. i like that aspect. I can also see my husband trying to brainstorm and figure out how to use up the produce b/c he hates wasting food, so he tends to get creative w/ his ideas whereas i’m more of a recipe kind of girl 😉

  5. Jennifer
    February 3, 2012 at 9:24 am (9 years ago)

    That’s some good looking produce! I’m not sure I’d ever use a grocery delivery service at this point because I love grocery shopping too much to give it up. However, I would be open to having something like this from a local farmer, although I imagine that’s a situation where you pick up, not have it delivered.

    Very good idea in your situation though. Any new recipes planned for any of this stuff?

  6. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    February 3, 2012 at 9:30 am (9 years ago)

    I have a few friends that use co-ops for produce bundles pick up or deliveries and I’ve heard mixed reviews though they do lean toward positive. I think for me, I have to pick out my produce. I guess I’m a control freak! HA! But it looks like you got some good eats there!

  7. Parita @ myinnershakti
    February 3, 2012 at 9:34 am (9 years ago)

    If I lived in a big city, you bet I’d use something like this. And really, even if you only use the service 2x a month, it’s still a great deal!

  8. Melissa @TryingtoHeal
    February 3, 2012 at 10:15 am (9 years ago)

    I get an organic and local produce box every week that I pick up on Saturdays. It always has great quality foods!

  9. Hilary
    February 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Sweet deal! I’ve never used a service like this, but it’d be fun to give it a try!

  10. Dee
    February 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve used a service like this, and I enjoyed it, especially because it gets me to try new veggies that I might not venture toward. I roasted my first butternut squash because it was delivered to me. And my first fresh beets. I only stopped ordering because I found I didn’t get to the produce quickly enough, and food would spoil. I’m better off going to the store 2-3 times per week, getting just enough for a couple days, otherwise, it’s Wasteville.

  11. Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt
    February 4, 2012 at 12:48 am (9 years ago)

    Wow that looks so good. I’ve had fruit delivered to my house but never veggies!

  12. Kim
    February 4, 2012 at 11:16 am (9 years ago)

    I really wish we had that service, would totally utilize it, but Sunny south Africa has lots of small towns, I happen to reside in one of them which do not offer such a service 🙁

  13. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    February 4, 2012 at 11:35 am (9 years ago)

    After I saw your tweet about this earlier in the week, I looked at their website, and I think I’m going to order a box to give it a try, too. I definitely feel like I don’t get much produce during the winter (especially with the farmers market in our neighborhood being closed), and I think this would be a great way to fix that. Thanks for posting about this because I’m excited to try it!

  14. cate
    February 5, 2012 at 10:12 am (9 years ago)

    I think when I start my residency in a year and a half I totally would! I was just linked to your blog via your egg muffins, btw 🙂

  15. Paige
    February 5, 2012 at 11:56 am (9 years ago)

    What a healthy – and delicious looking surprise delivery!!

  16. Hilary @ The Big Weight
    February 13, 2012 at 8:51 am (9 years ago)

    I’ve actually used Washington’s Green Grocer for several months recently. I quit using them only because I was having a hard time using up all the produced before it spoiled (I was on an every other week delivery). I did like that they allowed you to more or less pick/choose what foods you wanted in your box. I also liked that it would force me to try different things. However, I felt like I was throwing away a lot of money in the end because the food was just spoiling. I would certainly consider using them again the future.


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