5.12.2010

Setting a goal

I have been trying to eat better over the last few weeks.  Not only for my heath but also because I have to be in a wedding dress in less then 11 months..eekkkk

I thought about joining Boston Organics because they deliver farm fresh fruits and veggies straight to your door.  There are also other CSA programs in the area too, but since I'm late in the game this year I don't know if I will be able to find a delivery one.

Does anyone out there currently have a CSA or get weekly deliveries?  How do you like it?

an example of what can be delivered


Either way I will start to buy more fresh veggies and fruits at Trader Joe's or Whole foods AND because I am vowing to become more green in my everyday life I plan on making a few of these reusable produce bags 


I love these and you can find tons of free patterns right here

And once I get that good-for-you produce home these Jayson Home & Garden farmers market baskets are perfect to keep them in.  Much prettier (and greener) then the green plastic ones to keep on your counter or in the fridge.

Since I will be registering soon I can not wait to put some glass storage containers on my list so I can get rid of the plastic ones once and for all.  These Anchor Hocking ones are at the top of my list
 

 

I figured I needed to write all this down because it holds me more accountable.  Once I tell myself I am going to do something often times if I don't write it down or tell someone I forget or let myself slide when it doesn't get done.  

So now that I blogged about it- its out there in the open.  I have to, 1. buy more fresh, organic produce, 2. make some pretty reusable and good for the Earth produce bags and 3. make sure I register for some glass storage containers to replace all the gross plastic ones in my kitchen.

I'm expecting you all to keep me on track now.

 

(photos from: dailyolive.com, farmfresh.org, Jayson Home & Garden and Anchor Hocking)

21 comments:

pamela said...

Hi -I belong to a CSA and love it. This is our third year and we are a family of three. What I enjoy about it most is that I find myself pushing myself out of my cooking comfort zone in an effort to use up the produce. I know we eat better during the CSA season. I'm also confident I save money. Everytime I set foot in a market, I buy things not on the list. We also have milk delivery from an organic dairy and people immediately taste the difference.

I love all your pledges to go green. Your glass round containers with the tops can double as small condiment bowls everyday and then you just throw the tops on for leftovers. I also think I do better with stuff in glass because I can see what I ever.

Go Green!

Pamela in Portland, OR

tania* said...

You will have to let me know if you decide to go with a CSA. I also live Boston and have been giving it some consideration myself. I usually buy all of my produce from Whole Foods or Trader Joes (but beware of the one on Bolyston, it can be a mixed bag!) but it just gets so pricey. Keep us posted!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

I have been looking into one in my area! I think it is a great idea and it's so important to take care of your health...it is really everything! Janell

Bringing Pretty Back said...

YES! I need to have more fresh veggies and fruit in the house for my weight loss and health!

Rachel said...

I don't belong to any of those programs, but I am definitely a huge eater of fruits and veggies. (I just need to eat LESS of all the other crap, but I digress...) I try to eat organic when I can, but sometimes the "regular" stuff is more in line with my budget!

Good luck with everything - and have fun registering!!! Right now, I have a server with 2 plates (one above the other) serving as a fruit stand on my counter. I'd say it's "green" because I'm using something I had (got when I got married!). I've also used wooden (like teak) bowls for fruit storage - they are great to have on hand for things like that and salads.

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

My BF parents get deliveries and they split them with their neighbors that way it cuts the cost and food isn't wasted! Good luck! xx

pve design said...

I have a fun fruit bowl that I load up and then keep glass containters full of freshly washed and ready fruits and veggies- I have been a member on behalf of another member and love getting surprise fresh goodies.
I will help to remind you to keep fresh items on hand and then you will be so happy!
pve

Stephanie Sabbe said...

I have been thinking about joining the CSA. Let me know if you do.

domestikatedlife.com said...

I signed up for Boston Organics for a few months last year.

The produce was all great, but I ended up not being able to keep up with my box because I was just cooking for my boyfriend and I. We ended up throwing out a lot of the stuff that would go bad before I had the opportunity to cook with it.

I did notice though that since I signed up, they have more options for the size and mix of selection now. And you can add things to a "do not like" list so you don't end up getting food you're not going to use.

It definitely made me eat healthier, and since what you get is a suprise from week to week, it made for some fun cooking experiments!

Punctuation Mark said...

if you can't find organic you can also buy a veggie wash to use on conventional produce... good that you are decided to eat healthier!

Lovely Little Nest said...

Good idea! Fresh produce is the way to go. We have a place called "Produce Junction" nearby. They sell both wholesale and, um, whatever the opposite of whole is (haha). However, the "normal" size items are still MASSIVE (i.e. 2 POUNDS of bananas). The good thing is that it forces me to buy lots of yummy (and healthy) fruits and veggies! So be sure to check out any wholesale produce places, farmers markets, and fruit/veggie stands for the best picks in produce!

jeanine said...

I have joined a CSA before - Brookfield Farm in Amherst when I was an undergrad. They deliver to Boston once a week but you have to sign up in November. I learned what a lot of obscure veggies were and what to do with them.

There is a great farmer's market at Copley once a week if you are in the area.

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Been thinking about trying out fresh market delivery where I am...just worried I won't use it all in time. Let us know how you like it if you give it a try!

positdesign said...

CSAs are THE BEST!!

Not only are you supporting local farmers, etc., but I find it also makes me a much more adventurous cook: if we get rutabega or turnips or something we've never prepared before, my boyfriend or I learn how to use it and make it so we like it.

Our CSA drop-off is at the Channel Cafe (a fabulous little restaurant/bar/art gallery near South Station).

What's great about the one we use is that they stretch their definition of "local" a bit, so it's a longer season and greater variety of produce. Can't remember their name at the moment, but can find out. They have flyers/sign-up sheets at the cafe, too.

Laura@JourneyChic said...

My neighbor joined Boston Organics and loves it! She couldn't stop raving about it when we were over for dinner, and we were able to sample some of the fruits and veggies. Very tasty and fresh! She's had a very good experience with their delivery service.

Deliciously Organized said...

You should join! I'm so excited you're into bringing more greens into your life. Come over and make green juice with me!

Pink to Green said...

I just joined a CSA this spring and had our first delivery yesterday... I'm excited for the challenge of cooking out of my comfort zone, but I think it will be more challenging than I thought! I'll keep you posted.... definitely a great way to eat healthy and support local farmers!!

shoestringliving said...

Great plan, I have friends who use a co-op, but they get to order exactly what they desire.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I am wondering how wedding dress shopping went?!?!

positdesign said...

Aha! Ours is Enterprise Farm: http://www.enterpriseproduce.com/

Boyfriend just came home with SO many greens last night!! His tip for making them last longer: sautee and refrigerate. My favorite is: make pesto; you can do it with anything leafy. Romaine pesto is yums.

sarah :: this is jackson riley said...

i'm picking up my first CSA box tomorrow! I'll let you know how it goes...