The problem with being a mom and working full-time is that I just don’t have as much time to do things as I used to have. Shopping is one of those things, and I’ve come to love grocery delivery. However, ordering groceries didn’t allow me to choose locally produced foods in most cases, so it was a sacrifice I was making. In Connecticut, it’s difficult to find locally produced foods in the winter, and although we do store large quantities of beef and pork and small quantities of chicken, turkey, fish and shellfish in our freezer, I didn’t do as much other food preservation as I had hoped this summer. I had resigned myself to using conventional produce until late spring when my garden starts producing, strawberries are in season and the farmer’s markets re-open.
One day right before Christmas, I was searching for a friend on Local Harvest and stumbled upon CT Farm Fresh Express, a delivery service that supplies Connecticut residents with local food! I was so excited, and the picture above shows my first order. (No, it doesn’t come in a sled… We were out enjoying Joshua’s new sled when we saw that the delivery had arrived, and I saw a photo-op!)
Now, of course it’s winter so there’s not a ton of produce available, but still there’s quite a bit! I got veggies like potatoes, carrots, shallots, winter squash, thyme and salad greens. I also picked up some apples, delicious cheese, butter, eggs and a fresh baguette. I would say the prices are comparable to shopping at a farmer’s market, and the convenience is great. Unlike the big grocery store, I didn’t have to be at home to receive the delivery. Instead, I joined their “cooler exchange” program and they left the groceries in a cooler on my front porch. Next time, I’ll leave the cooler outside and they’ll pick it up and leave my new groceries in another cooler. Easy!
I love shopping online and I’m willing to pay a little extra for quality local food. This is a great solution for me for winter shopping!
Have you ever tried grocery delivery?