I dislike grocery shopping. I know, seems weird, right? Because I love to cook. I used to love to go to the grocery store… In fact, I have an excellent system that makes sure nothing gets missed, and we’re in and out pretty quickly. But lately, I’ve been having trouble finding the time to do a weekly shop to make sure we’re fully stocked up.
That’s when I saw an ad for Home Grown Organic Foods. This small, locally-owned and operated business recently relocated to a new storefront location on Gottingen Street, and to mark the occasion, they offered a promotion through CoastMart. I signed up, of course, and we’ve been getting their weekly food box deliveries for a few weeks now!
It’s pretty awesome, actually: You pick the size of box you want (we started with the double but found it to be too much for us), then let them know if there are any products you absolutely don’t want to receive (so, if you hate cauliflower or something, let them know, and you won’t get any in your delivery) and if there are any items that you absolutely love! Since we live in Dartmouth, they deliver to us on Saturdays, which actually works really well for us. If we aren’t home, we’ve designated a spot for them to leave our order, and we try and make sure we remember to leave out the container from last week’s delivery.
The service costs us $30 a week, and I find it’s a pretty good value, considering we receive good-quality organic produce right to our doorstep. I’m sure we’re paying a bit of a premium for the delivery, but it’s convenient, and we’re supporting a local, independent business, so I’m okay with that. Also, because we didn’t stipulate what we want to receive/don’t want to receive, it’s a veritable goody-box to open up each Saturday morning, and it usually contains at least one item I wouldn’t have normally purchased, so it also challenges me to try new recipes, etc…
This week’s delivery contained: a head of lettuce; generous bag of mushrooms; potatoes; garlic; 3 oranges; 6 apples; broccoli; red cabbage; carrots; and a green pepper.
All-in-all, we’re pretty pleased with the service!