Once again, the fabulous folks from Toronto’s Green Living Show have challenged a group of bloggers to Go Green for the month of March. During the month I will be trying out awesome products and services that help families lead greener lives. The best part – I will be sharing my experiences and the products and services with you. Every week I’ll be hosting a different eco-friendly giveaway.
There are many, many reasons why eating organic produce makes sense, especially for growing families. Once a family has made the decision to shop organic the first concern they generally have is how to keep it affordable. This is where a home delivery service, like Organics Live, comes into play. These services will deliver a box of quality organic, locally sourced (when possible) seasonal and well priced fruits and vegetables. Best part, they are delivered right to your front porch. I’m sharing a few tips for making the most of your organic produce box – to reduce food waste and help you spend your money wisely.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of An Organic Produce Box
Eat Seasonally – Organic bins are packed with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are the best quality, plentiful and most delicious. Seasonal produce is also the most cost effective option…produce that is readily available is going to cost less. However, we aren’t necessarily accustomed to eating seasonally. The never ending availability of countless fruits and vegetables at the grocery store has led to our desire to eat whatever we want, whenever we want. Shifting to organic fruits and veggies makes you appreciate the natural seasonality of produce.
Proper Storage – Once the box arrives it is important to store the fruits and vegetables properly. Organic produce is not sprayed with preservatives and waxes so they have to be handled appropriately. If you know that your kids will eat carrots if they are peeled and sliced, then store them that way. Make eating fresh and delicious produce easy by storing it correctly and making it easily accessible to kids.
Freeze For the Future – The easiest way to reduce food waste (aside from eating the food) is to freeze what you aren’t going to eat right now…so you can eat it later. Most fruit and vegetables can be easily frozen. Clean, chop, freeze on a baking sheet and transfer to a freezer safe container…that’s it. Bulk shop for fruit during the summer months, so you have local, organic fruit all winter long for smoothies, ice cream and sauces. Vegetables can be frozen and kept for stews and stocks.
Try Something New – While it is possible to customize the produce in the organics bin, take a chance on something you have never tried before. One of the best things about organic produce boxes is they offer an opportunity for kids to try new and interesting vegetables. Our box from Organics Live came with eggplant – a vegetable that we never, ever bring home – this week we’ll be finding out how to prepare eggplant.
Use the Recipes – Most organic produce delivery services, including Organics Live, will have an easy to navigate website and helpful e-newsletter. The site and newsletter are filled with recipes ideas, food storage information and organic eating tips. Sign up for the newsletter and take full advantage of the resources the organic produce box service offers…after all they know what is in the bin and the best ways to use it.