Over the past few years I hear more and more about CSA delivery services, organic pick your own farms, and various other ways to get locally grown fruits and veggies to our house.
About a month ago I saw a deal on Plum District to try 2 weeks of delivery of the From the Farmer delivery service for $40. This was 50% off the regular price. For $40 I thought it would be worth trying. I emailed with Nick a few times before I bought the offer. He was so helpful and I know he was probably flooded with emails on the day his offer came out. But Nick answered all of my questions, and I quickly signed up.
It was easy to pick which weeks I wanted my delivery. I just emailed Nick, told him which two weeks I wanted to try and then I just had to wait for those weeks to arrive.
Last week was my first delivery. The excitement began on Thursday. I got an email from Nick explaining what items were going to be in the basket along with suggested recipes to use each item. Also included in the email are storage directions. The only thing not included with the instructions was someone to cook up a few dishes. Luckily we enjoy doing that ourselves!
I had trouble sleeping Thursday night in anticipation of our delicious surprise.
My little girl and I were so excited to open the front door at 7 am and see a bright orange picnic basket waiting for us. From the Farmer delivers all the baskets between 4 and 7 am to avoid traffic and to get you the items as fresh as possible. On our first delivery day we did not take any pictures. But the images are fresh in my mind. My four year old brought the basket in herself and carefully opened it. She took out each item and we talked about what it was, smelled it, thought about how we would use it, and then checked out the next item.
So this week we remembered to put out our bright orange picnic basket last night. This morning when we woke up I whispered to Diane, I think our picnic basket is here. She ran out of bed, opened the front door and could not have been more excited. Today we got a bright red basket and the first thing she said was, there are green smelly things sticking out, what are they????
Diane was so excited that many of my photos are blurry. I love seeing her excited about fruits and vegetables. She told me the basket today was much heavier than last week so I helped her bring it to the kitchen. We began unpacking to discover what we would be eating this weekend.
First we found the huge spring onions. I have never seen spring onions this big! They were almost as tall as a 4 year old!
Next was a bag of mustard greens. Diane smelled it to see what flavors she could find.
The favorite find in the bag was the fresh strawberries.
The brothers each grabbed a few and declared, sweetest strawberries they ever tasted.
A couple of the sweetest apples I ever tasted were in the bottom of the basket as well.
A few items are not pictured including a bag of lettuce, a loaf of rye bread, and some strawberry lime marmalade.
The saddest part of the basket is that the strawberries are all gone. It is only 8 am and yes, they were all eaten up. Didn’t they look beautiful and delicious?
If you want to email Nick I am sure he will hook you up! You must live in the DC/MD area though. Sorry to all of you reading this from far away.
Or check out their website at http://fromthefarmerdc.com/