I was so excited when my produce box arrived that all the family gathered to open it together. I took lots of pictures to document my produce. It arrived on time, with a cold pack and nicely packaged. I was pleased with the fact that a few extra pieces were added that I wasn’t expecting.
Here’s a breakdown of my opinion: the positives and negatives
- variety of fruit choices (at least 5)
- forced to try something new (plout)
- can substitute vegetables into fruit box
- has personal preferences in settings which allows you to tell the company what you dislike so it is never on your menu
- company guarantee that your produce will arrive on time and in good condition; they want to please the customer
- delivered to your house! so convenient
- more produce in my box than what I was promised!
- only have 3 substitutions on menu ( I made the mistake of playing around to test the product not realizing I could only make three changes)
- personal taste limits choices-because there are fruits my family wouldn’t eat (pomegranate) we had fewer choices and ended up with extra apples, pears, and bananas
- time frame of ripeness-you have to eat the fruit when it is ripe which was about a 3 day window. Now not everything was ripe at the same time but I would say that you need to eat everything within 7 days or you will end up throwing it out because it will have spoiled. I had to throw bananas and pears out 🙁
- financial commitment- there is definitely an expense to the service. If you subscribed bi-weekly you are looking at approximately a $60 commitment monthly and if you did weekly it would be a total monthly expense around $120. For many people this is not affordable.
Currently, I feel that it is too costly for my family. I would not be a regular purchaser of this product because I do feel that it’s too much money to spend on a bulk of fruit that my family will not be able to eat within the time span of its freshness. Now, the company does have a guarantee but I do feel that it’s not the company’s fault that fruit is ripe for 3 days and I don’t eat it all. I feel really guilty throwing food away too. I could rationalize the expense of subscribing to once a month with the option to skip a month when necessary. We have a strong farmers market during the winter and spring months here in Florida, on Saturday. I think that I could get a lot more at the farmers market for the same price. On the positive side, you can’t beat the home delivery!
So, after my research, discussion, experiment, and reflection I am not completely sold on buying 100% organic produce. I think I have some good tips to help someone looking or interested in organics though!
- Check the dirty dozen list
- Decide what you eat and quantity
- Circumstances important to your family: like a busy schedule, location, children, allergies, budget
- Select the best market to buy your organics. Now, many supermarkets will carry organics but the price will be higher than other options like using a coop. Some specialty stores only sell organic, vegan, and gluten free products.
- Find produce keepers to extend window of freshness.
Lots of people know of the dirty dozen and the clean 15, but here it is in a great chart from Environmental Working Group.
Dirty dozen picture: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/
Happy shopping for organics and be sure to follow Kristen Hamilton’s posts on organics this month too!
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