Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Full Circle Farms

Roxi introduced me to Full Circle Farms and we received our first box today. This farm in Washington makes weekly deliveries to southeast and central Alaska. A selection of organic veggies and fruits is delivered either weekly or biweekly at pickup spots around the community. You have a choice of small, medium or large boxes. Its was almost like Christmas and ever since I placed my first order last week I've been filled with anticipation. The pickup spot is just a couple blocks from the house so that makes it real handy. Each week they make a deliver and stack up the boxes. You just go in and take your new box and leave your the box from the previous delivery to recycle for your next order.

I went ahead and signed up for a small box to be delivered weekly. You can change your mind at almost any time and so far they seem really responsive to requests.

Our pick-up day in Juneau is Tuesdays from 3-7. The previous thursday at noon the "list" becomes available and you can make substitutions if you don't like what they are sending. This week I made a couple subs based on what I already had in larder.

So I opened the box and this is what I saw...(well, I do wear reading glasses, but my sight wasn't as blurry as this...sorry)

Lots of fruit this time: grapefruit, tangerines, mango, pears, baby bok choy, green leaf lettuce, cucumber, italian parsley, carrots, broccoli, yams, and sunchokes (cross between a rutabaga, potato, sunflower seed, and water chestnut)

We had the lettuce and parsley in a tossed salad and had carrots, broccoli and cucumber chips on the side for dinner today - YUM.

Tomorrow I think we'll have a curry with the yam and bok choy.

I'm pretty sure that the price for this service will be equivalent or even a little cheaper to buying organic foods locally - maybe a little bit more expensive if I chose non-organic and probably a lot more expensive than I would normally purchase on a weekly basis because I don't buy these items because of the price. I guess especially with the fruit - I buy citrus based on the price/pound and usually end up with navel oranges.

So what a treat! We'll see how it goes in the next couple weeks when every week is like Christmas!


Anonymous said...

Wow - this looks great - maybe I should find out why there isn't a pick-up in FAI. I've looked for such a service before but never found one that delivered to AK at all; must be a bad search technique on my part.


Anonymous said...

Do you have pick up sites in Palmer Alaska??

Heidi Olson said...

why yes, I do believe they have a pickup location in Palmer - check their website out: http://www.fullcirclefarm.com/locations_anchregion.phtml

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