Friday, January 11, 2008

Bringin' Home the Yams

I've been mulling over how to live by the slightly stupid or incredibly inspired words of Michael Pollan, "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants". We tend to get into a rut of eating only certain fruits and vegetables, most of which aren't organic, local, or even in season. I've gone from being vegan to making most wolves look like Bessy the Cow. Why of why? As most things, it is the result of bad planning. So, we've decided to give Door to Door Organics a spin. Simple concept. You tell them how often to come around, they bring organic and often local produce to your door. They'll tell you what they are including this week, you have a couple of days to ask for substitutions. So here is what the first shipment looked like, it was the "bitty box":
Total list, for $22, delivered to my office downtown:
  • 2 Kiwi
  • 3 Yams
  • 6 Yellow Onions
  • 7 Roma Tomatoes
  • 5 Tangerines
  • 1 Mango
  • 5 Bananas
  • 3 Pears
  • 4 Navel Oranges

Good deal? We are not sure yet. Quality is good, if a little on the green-side. One benefit is already apparent to me, it's making us try new things. I've never had to use Yams. We looked up recipes and came up with a great Moroccan-style chicken with yams and squash. Wonderful, we'll do it again. So for the time being we will continue to use Door to Door Organics and look forward to the interesting things they surreptitiously slip in.

Have you used them, what do you think?

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