Washington’s Green Grocer

No Strings Attached

When I was walking out of work last night, a coworker asked me if I had any plans for the night. I enthusiastically replied, “Well, I am actually pretty excited because I ordered a box of veggies from this company for the first time and its going to be home when I get there!” Then I stopped myself from going any further because of the puzzled slash pitied look I was getting. But you guys can appreciate it, right?? ha.

The company is Washington’s Green Grocer, and they are one I have been eyeing for a while. The basic premise behind the company is that they do delivery service of fruits and veggies, sort of similar to a CSA except that there is no commitment to do it every week, or ever again if you’re not happy. You can do it weekly, monthly, or just as you wish, which is what I did for yesterday. From the website, “Our priority and focus from the start has always been to provide excellent quality produce and locally and regionally produced products as well as stellar customer service to every customer while helping to grow, support and encourage sustainable local agriculture…and to have fun doing it!”

I’ve been toying with the idea of giving it a try for a while now, and this week I finally got around to it. You have to sign up for a box by 8pm on Tuesday, and then Wednesday they deliver the box to your door.

They have small or large, and “mixed” or organic boxes. The mixed box has some organic, some transitional (waiting on organic certification) and some regular produce, and the small box is designed for 1-2 people, so I went with the small Mixed and it cost $31.25, including delivery.

I was so excited to see how everything looked, and I have to say I was impressed that all the produce was in pretty good condition.

Here’s the fruit that was in the box:

  • 4 bananas
  • 1 mango
  • 3 bosc pears
  • 3 fuji apples
  • 3 navel oranges

And the veggies:

  • Butternut Squash
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • White Mushrooms
  • 2 Red Peppers
  • Green Beans
  • 4 Beets

The only item I wasn’t super impressed with was the bananas because they were slightly bruised and a little beat up. One great feature of the service is that you can customize your box each week and have them not give you certain things and more of others based on your preferences. So if I do it again, I’ll opt out of the bananas.

I’m happy to have all this local and regionally grown produce on hand, though a little overwhelmed with the amount! I can’t imagine how much more stuff is in the large box – I’d hope not double! This is SO much more than my CSA had each week, and this was $31.25 v. the $26 for my CSA over the summer, which I had to do each week. I definitely think this is a better option for me than the CSA so I can just get it when I want to, no strings attached.

I wasted no time and broke into the veggies immediately to make a huge salad for dinner. I almost never just have a salad for lunch or for dinner because it’s usually not enough to sustain me, but this one was humongous.

Red leaf lettuce for a base, topped with wheat berries, carrots, sauteed mushrooms and onions, red pepper, green beans, and 1/2 a can of tuna packed in water, topped with 2 tsp olive oil and a splash of balsamic. The veggies from the delivery yesterday (red leaf lettuce, green beans, red pepper) were all delicious and tasted very fresh, so I know the quality is there.

The only thing I can’t figure out is whether that amount of produce is worth $31. I mean when I shop, I always browse the sales and rarely spend $30 on just fruit and veggies. I tried breaking it down based on the cost per item and got a little overwhelmed from trying to add it all up, so hopefully you guys can help me!

What do you think? Do those fruits and veggies look like they are worth $31 to you (also considering they are delivered to your apartment)? Do you have anything similar to this where you are from? Would you try it?