I love local businesses. I love local produce and groceries. I love this idea.
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery (the BEAN stands for Biodiversity, Education, Agriculture and Nutrition) is a grocery delivery company that serves Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. I truly admire their dedication to support local farmers and artisans in the area. Their produce bins are chock full of local stuff from local folks (now realize, we do have a winter around here and the bins do reflect that come December). Most recently they featured a really fantastic farm, Rock Dove. And I have, quite honestly, had some of the best bacon in my life from these guys.
The small produce bin that landed so cheerily on my doorstep recently included plenty of fruits and veggies for our family for a week or so. Heirloom tomatoes from Northridge Organic farm, a lovely bag of clearly organic greens, jalapenos, green beans, carrots, onions and plenty of fruit. A lot of it local, but some from further away (I’m almost sure that we just can’t manage a great crop of flame red grapes here in Ohio).
I really loved how most all the fruits and veg were contained in brown paper lunch bags instead of plastic ones. It gave me the feeling that everything was carefully hand packed with thought given to how things would best travel. And I know, it’s better for the environment, too, isn’t it? Bonus points.
Minimum orders start at $35, although you can order a $28 bin and supplement it with groceries like Snowville milk and that fantastic bacon to get it up to $35. Just about any staple you could need you can find in their virtual aisles. And orders can be made as rarely as every two weeks.
I can see giving this as gift to new parents, or people that perhaps just need the gift of time. It’s certainly something that made my (much busier than usual) week easier.
**Green B.E.A.N. Delivery gave me a free bin to review. But of course you know that Persephone always says what she thinks, even if she’s been given something for free. My opinions are, as always, my own.