Time to update my CSA search.
|One of the many little ones I feed all day long...|
FarmBox LA was up next on my list to try. I chose their "Complete Farm Box - Standard (No Meat)" which consists of the following:
-1/4 lb to 1/2 lb local, California artisan cheese
-1 quart fresh-squeezed, unpasteurized orange juice
-1/2 dozen vegetarian fed, true free-range eggs (Lily's Eggs)
-1 half-loaf or baguette of freshly baked bread (Rockenwagner)
-a rotation of local nuts, fresh hummus, jam, honey and other artisanal goods
-the week's seasonal rotation of fruits & veggies (various local farms)
Even though they came highly recommended, I was very hesitant to try them as I am ultimately looking for a farm direct CSA. FarmBox LA consists of two lovely women (and their small crew) who shop the Farmer's Markets and hand pick the weekly produce. This means you are paying a convenience fee for their expertise in knowing what's at optimal freshness and using their connections to get a good price by buying in bulk. Since I had a $10 off coupon I decided to give them a try. Pros and cons listed below.
Week of 9/21/14 $99 (I used a coupon, so it was $89) Complete FarmBox - Standard (No Meat) contents:
Fresh Orange Juice
Rockenwagner Whole Wheat Loaf
Garnett Sweet Potatoes
Green Curly Kale
Heirloom Mixed Color Carrots
Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes
Red Flame Grapes
Week of 9/28/14 $99 (got a "2nd delivery" coupon, so it was $89) Complete FarmBox - Standard (No Meat) contents:
Frog Organics Bakery Croissant
Point Reyes Toma
Fresh Orange Juice
Rockenwagner 7 Grain Loaf
Autumn Royal Black Grapes
Little Gem Lettuces
Orange Kabocha Squash
- Every single produce item was super fresh.
- I got to try a few local food artisans that I normally would never have tried. When I am at the Farmer's Market I tend to just get fruits and veggies and skip the other food vendors.
- Customer service has been superb. On my second delivery I was missing 1/2 doz eggs and 1 lb of Fuji apples (I had added on to my order). They had the missing items delivered first thing the next morning and gave us a full doz eggs and 2 lbs Fuji apples!
- If you live in the city and don't have access to a compost pile, they offer to pick up your scraps and compost them for you.
- Ordering is simple and it's easy to customize each delivery with a lot of "add on" items
- I didn't have to navigate a busy farmer's Market with all my kids in tow!
- Not all items are organic.
- There's a steep upfront charge for their reusable eco-basket (they do offer to just use a reusable grocery bag though).
So obviously the pros deeply outweigh the cons. I will definitely use FarmBox LA again in the future and would recommend it to anyone who asked. For now I need to keep searching for a better deal on our local, organic veggies. This box only lasted us for about 2 days, and at $99 a box...that's just not in our food budget.
Have you used FarmBox LA? What are your thoughts?