With school about to start back up, we are heading into days filled with new routines and schedules. I usually find the first few weeks of school to be pretty rocky at first. Getting into the routine of packing lunches and fitting in dinners around the kids’ activities can be an adjustment. One thing that can help with that is a weekly delivery of fresh groceries and produce.
A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to try a delivery from FarmBox SF. FarmBox is similar to a CSA, but rather than delivering produce from one farm, they work with dozens of farmers to bring you the freshest local fruits and veggies at the best prices. Currently FarmBox serves the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas so they work with California farmers. The cost of the boxes vary starting at $39.95 and rising in price as you add more produce, local artisan products, or meat and seafood. There are dozens of different options to choose from. My family sampled the Complete FarmBox – Basic which costs $77.95 and adds a few non-produce options into the basket.
Every delivery is different, based on what’s in season. Here’s what we received:
- English peas
- red potatoes
- pattypan squash
- a small bundle of herbs
- a loaf of bread
- 6 eggs
- a couple fancy snack bars
- rosemary walnuts
- apple cherry cider
- Bellwether Farms Crescenza cheese
Phwew! That’s a lot!
The first order of business was to cut fat slices off that loaf of bread and smear them with some of the cheese. Seriously, we did this within 5 minutes of unpacking everything. The kids even got in on it. So tasty! We ate the rest for breakfast the next morning.
OK, so what to do with the rest of it? For some people receiving a box of super fresh produce every week is a great place to start menu planning. Or if the thought of menu planning gives you a headache, you can just prepare the recipes that are included in each week’s newsletter and you don’t have to plan anything.
I am one of the people who enjoy menu planning, so I had fun finding recipes to use all the gorgeous veggies.
One of the first dishes I made was an improvised potato and pea hash. The peas needed to be shelled which I loooooove doing. Sitting at my kitchen table in my pretty retro apron, I felt like an old-timey lady as I popped each pea into the bowl.
Once I scrubbed the dirt off the potatoes they were the brightest pink I have ever seen. They were even pink on the inside!
I chopped them up, sauteed them with the peas and some garlic and then served the hash with a poached egg on top.
The lettuce, radishes and kale went into salads through out the week. The fruit that didn’t go into lunch boxes was eaten as snacks or with breakfast. The patty pan squash was sauteed with garlic and a little pesto as a side dish at dinner one night. The leftovers were stirred into pasta with some more veggies the next night.
Finally, I used the cabbage and the walnuts to make a blue cheese cole slaw for a pot luck.
I loved the inspiration the FarmBox basket gave me and I’d love to try it again some time. It’s a bit of a luxury for me to spend that much money on something like this every week because it didn’t quite cover all the produce we needed and the additional products were treats I wouldn’t normally buy.
Now for the giveaway! Woo hoo!
FarmBox is giving one Wendolonia reader a FarmBox to try out. If the winner is inside the FarmBox delivery area in the San Francisco or Los Angeles areas she will win a Complete FarmBox- Standard kit. If the winner is outside the FarmBox delivery area she will win a Taste of California Gift Box.
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Disclosure: I received a FarmBox basket for the purposes of writing this review, but I have not been otherwise compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own. I really liked that cheese.