Before I had Zoey, grocery shopping was always a fun and somewhat therapeutic activity. I loved taking my time and browsing through every aisle, sometimes I'd look up recipes standing in the middle of the store, adding things to my grocery list. After three little ones, this simple luxury is definitely behind me now. Don't get me wrong, the littles are usually very well-behaved on our grocery shopping missions, but it just gets a bit stressful and chaotic on my end. And ever since I started working part-time on weekday afternoons, grocery shopping has become even more of a stressor and a chore. Gary is very sweet, and he sometimes goes out to the store for me at night after the kids are in bed. Or he lets me take a break to myself sometimes, meaning buying groceries alone :)
Awhile back, Gary's mom started grocery deliveries from a local farm and has really liked it. We tried it with Full Circle Farm before, but I didn't like their selections and my options as much. We love Costco but the selections of organic vegetables there are sadly limited (and portions are too big to finish before they go bad.) So, in this busy season of life, we've decided to try produce delivery again but with New Roots Organics this time around. We do the biweekly deliveries, and so far everything has been wonderful! They send you an email a few days before your scheduled delivery, telling you the exact items and amount you'll be getting. You have the options to substitute anything you don't want with other groceries, which is a huge plus. You can also skip or add deliveries whenever you need to, or even schedule your vacation days beforehand too.
These are what's in our box this week:
We have the standard-sized bin, which costs $39.99. The quality of their produce has always been very good, with the one-time exception that the oranges we got were rotten after only a few days. However, their customer service made up for it and they delivered new ones to our door as soon as they received my email. So far, this amount and variety of food every other week has been working out quite well for us, since we like eating out too and mom plus my aunt both bring us food sometimes (I know, lucky us! :) I've been paying more attention to the times I go to a grocery store, and I'd say it's about 1-2 times in between the deliveries, and often times it's for things like eggs, cheese, or carbs.
I found these Simple Ecology Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags on Amazon and finally bit the bullet and bought them last week. The quality and sizes are perfect, and I love that you can throw them in the wash too. I was tired of using plastic bags and have read that these keep your produce fresh for a longer time. I'll have to test it out and give an update on that later :)