That seems like a good price. The answer is somewhat complicated for if you should do it.
It depends on the farm and program, if you can swap things and if you cook veggies often enough to avoid waste. Is there one in your are that you pay by the week (that way you can try it for a few weeks and see)?
We did one a few years ago that was a bust and here is why:
-Box did not have enough stuff in it for the price.
-Box pretty much only had stuff in it I was unfamiliar with at the time.
-I could not easily change the contents of the box (there was an auto replace option at set up but I did not think to include things like sunchokes because heck I did not even know what they were).
-The included recipe cards were vegan and gross IMO.
-The quality was spotty. I expect fresh to be NOT nearly rotting.
-We were not a point were we were cooking enough veggies and were comfy enough trying new things.
However, we do one now (which is a farm and a wholesaler) and I LOVE it. Here is why:
-Box is bursting with goodies and is a good value.
-I get an email on Friday that tells me what I will be picking up the following Thursday and then I can replace items that either we hate all the time or we just don't want that week (like tomatoes in the summer when we have our own coming off the vine or basil when a friend has given me a ton for free). I can also pay to add items in. They then charge my card on Weds and I pick up on Thursday. Easy as pie!
-The recipe suggestions do not assume that we are wheat free vegans.
-When there is a quality issue (rare) I shoot them an email and we get a credit or an extra item the next week.
-Most critically, we cook a lot of veggies, are willing to try new ones and we love greens. I plan my meals and other shopping around what I know the box is going to have in it.
-While not everythign is from their farm they detail what they grew, what they got from other farmers in WA state and where any other items came from (mostly OR and northern CA). I live in WA and don't want to eat greens and apples and carrots and greens and apples all winter, so I am happy with a mix (mostly local, some adjacent states).
Maybe they could give you some refrences or more info?
Last edited by kijip; 01-28-2008 at 08:48 PM.
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