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Fruits and veggies at my door!

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In the spirit of shopping locally and sustainably, I received my first delivery of organic fruits and vegetables, yesterday. You read correctly, delivery.

This was the bounty is from my bi-weekly $25 small order from a small local business called Coastal Organics.

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It turns out, after examining a month’s worth of grocery receipts, I do spend around $50 a month on produce (and that’s not all organic neither!) so I’m thinking what I got here is a pretty good deal.

There’s a lot of banter on the subject of organic and for good reason. I like to think that the fruits and veggies that got delivered today are of better quality in more ways than one but even beyond the organic bit, there’s a few other great reasons for choosing something like this over shopping at your neighbourhood grocery store.

1. Um, remember that part about delivery? As in, it’s included in the cost! Pretty sweet deal!

2. It’s supporting a small, local business and thereby your local economy which is pretty crucial where I live.

3. You’re likely more inclined to eat all the fruit and veggies – something about spending all that money on said organic bounty compels me to get my healthy on.

I really want my lifestyle to support a more sustainable manner of living. This is one way that I am trying to do that. I do my best to make healthy choices in the food I buy, as little processed goods as I can get away with (munchy food is another story, that still holds a enjoyed place in our lives), whole grains as opposed to enriched starch and eggs from the neighbour’s chicken coop down the road. I’ve even gone healthy with my cookies! Check out these bad boys made with applesauce, chia, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and coconut.

cookie with seeds, coconut, chia, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds

My husband made a rather insightful comment about my cookies. He said that they embody the wealth that is at arm’s reach for many Canadians as ingredients from around the world are brought together to produce a nutritionally rich and tasty treat. How blessed we are to afford such luxuries. But that opens a whole ‘nother can of worms. Why are these ingredients affordable? In my case, Costco is the provider for things like chia that would otherwise cost an arm and a leg. If I really delved into the gamut of who what and where the food came to be at the wholesale giant, what would I discover? Part of me doesn’t want to know for fear of my ethical reasoning telling me that I cannot support it. But on the flip side, maybe there are jobs being provided because of this industry that wouldn’t be had otherwise.

I’m learning what it means to live sustainably and if there’s one thing that seems to be the most important aspect, it is summed up in simplicity. My boy has a choice of five different crackers in our cupboard, none of which I made of course. If I wanted to reduce my carbon foot print, I would buy a cracker from a company that makes them here on the coast. But one, I don’t know of such a company here and two, it’s a lot easier to not pay more than five bucks for a box at the IGA down the road. First world problems…

My husband crochets. He has made toques for all of us. If I could just get him to start on the rest of my wardrobe and the boys’ now, we’d really be on our way to hippie ville.

hand made toques, crochet, self-sustaining

The last bit is a joke seasoned with truth. I really would like to revive age old skills that people have utilized for thousands of years to provide for themselves. For some reason though, in our society, that makes you someone who is out of touch with reality or something. But that’s another post for another time.

I’d love to hear if you have discovered ways of shopping locally that doesn’t leave your pocketbook depleted and your cell phone providers cutting off service because you can’t pay the bill! 😉

fruits, veggies, organic, delivered, good deal

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Author: whenwewereyoung...

A stay at home mom of two boys under two, love TED talks, swing dancing and of course, writing. When we were young is my sharing of motherhood, the beautiful, the ugly, the happy, the sad and the world my boys are growing up in.

3 thoughts on “Fruits and veggies at my door!

  1. I don’t get organic produce locally in the winter, I do try to in the summer as much as possible. In the winter I am part of a coop that brings in organic produce from a couple of states away. I do get my delivered but only because my MIL is part of the coop and gets mine for me.
    In the summer we have a garden, whatever wr don’t grow I try to by locally.

  2. Interesting consideration when talking about “Carbon Footprint”

    http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/food-and-our-planet/food-and-climate-change/

    Local or organic: which is better for the climate?

    While it’s good to buy locally grown food for many reasons, ‘food miles’ (the distance food is transported from the time of its production until it reaches the consumer) actually make up a relatively small percentage of the overall carbon footprint of food — approximately 11% on average, according to studies. How the food is grown makes up a much larger percentage — roughly 83%.

    For example, one study showed that lamb raised in New Zealand and shipped 18,000 kilometers to the UK still produced less than one quarter of the greenhouse gases than local British lamb. Why? Because local flocks were fed grains, which take a lot of energy to grow, while the New Zealand flocks were grazed on grass. Shipping the lamb to the UK was responsible for only 5% of the overall greenhouse gases, whereas 80% of the emissions were from farm activities. Similar lifecycle assessments have found the same results for other foods. One assessment done for packaged orange juice found that over a third of the lifecycle emissions came from just the synthetic fertilizer used on the orange groves.

    • Very interesting, E, thanks for sharing! I wonder though, since something like farm activities are the traditional methods of feeding livestock, etc. and only in the last few decades have we seen greenhouse gas emissions spike, how different is the impact than that of something like fossil fuels? I guess what I’m trying to say is that traditional methods weren’t a significant part of the equation up until recently and it would be interesting to note where they fit in on the larger scale of what’s damaging our atmosphere.

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