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Farm Fresh to You {local eats}

{note: I’m gonna be real with you guys right now… I’ve attempted to write this post about 4 different times, but every time my Farm Fresh to You box comes in, I start eating the produce and completely forget to take pictures.  #sorrynotsorry}

About 2 years ago, I got a sweet Groupon deal for Farm Fresh to You, a farm-to-front-porch organic produce delivery service that, well, brings organic produce from the farm to your front porch. (obvs)

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I would call myself a smart shopper, so I like to save money on groceries when I can.  However, when I saw this YouTube video, I realized I should probably switch to organic produce (yes, it took an adorable little girl’s science project to convince me).

After a few trips to the local farmer’s markets, I got a tad bit discouraged, wondering if I was going to be able to afford the time and money for this additional shopping excursion {plus, I always seemed to get sucked in to buying organic honey and fresh flowers that I definitely didn’t need at the time}.

I gave Farm Fresh to You a whirl, and I was hooked.  It was so, so easy — and by my count, it actually saved me money when compared to grocery store organic (which, if you watch the video, isn’t really organic) and farmer’s market produce prices.  It is all organic, locally-sourced and farmed produce (yay local!), and it is magically placed on your doorstep sometime during the night by magical farmer fairies (at least, that’s what I think).

I mean, look at all of this produce that I got for only $36!

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[note: I received one of every item, except: 2 heads cauliflower, 2 pears, 2 bunches baby broccoli, 3 bunches assorted lettuce]

But, how do you make sure to actually use all of that produce before it goes bad in your fridge?  After a bit of finagling and fine-tuning, here’s my plan that I’ve come up with ::

1. Choose a Box

FFTY has so many box combinations to choose from.  I typically go with the Veggie Only box, because I’ve found you get more bang for your buck.

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2. Pick your Produce

The lovely aspect about FFTY is the ability to customize your box with any available fruits and veggies, as long as your modify it one week prior to shipment.  Hate beets? You can permanently remove those from all future shipments.  However, my advice to you is to only mark off items that you really don’t like, not ones with which you’re unfamiliar {one week, we got fennel and I had no idea how to prepare it — now I look forward to shipments that include it!}.

Choose a wide variety of options that you know you will be able to use in a variety of ways.  I like to get some salad/lettuce items (these tend to go bad first), but I also make sure to add potatoes, squash, and other items that might have a longer shelf life.

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3. Pinterest + Plan

Now’s the time to get planning!  My favorite go-to if I have no idea how to cook a certain item: Pinterest it.  I literally type in “leek recipes” and I get an onslaught of delicious ideas that spark my interest.

By biggest piece of advice for healthy eating, saving money, and preserving your sanity: plan your meals. Here are some of my favorite sites I go to for healthy, delicious recipes:

Slender Kitchen

Skinny Taste

Half Baked Harvest

and here’s my favorite, not-so-healthy resource for delicious food [great for holidays and special occasions!]:

The Pioneer Woman

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[what, you don’t stage your groceries on a console table in your living room?]IMG_2830

4. Hit the Store

After you’ve planned out your meals (I usually only plan dinners — lunches are made from the leftovers), head to the store to buy the rest of your ingredients.  Here are some main + side dishes that I plan to make with my produce (* = I’ve made it before):

Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Fennel and Rosemary

Quinoa Kale Salad*

Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower*

Pear, Prosciutto, Arugula, + Gorgonzola Pizza*

Tuscan Bread Salad from Jones Design Company*

Roasted Beets + Burrata with Micro Greens

Sweet Potato, Quinoa, + Kale Fritters

5. Store it Away + Eat Clean

The best part: eat happily and healthily, knowing that you are ingesting delicious food that’s good for you, supports our local farmers, and is at least some part local. Look at you, you locavore.

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How are you working toward your New Year’s resolution to eat better?  Here’s one way to start!

#noexcuses #eatlocal #locavore

xx, Nicole {LL805}

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2 Comments

  1. Farm Fresh To You
    4 years ago

    Hi Nicole, thanks for the post! Check out our Pinterest page for simple and seasonal recipe ideas. Planning your recipes ahead of time really is a great way to use-up all your farm fresh produce: https://www.pinterest.com/farmfreshtoyou/

    Reply
    1. Nicole
      4 years ago

      Thanks Farm Fresh to You! That’s a great resource — appreciate the feedback!

      Reply

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