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!