I’m trying to eat more healthful foods these days – eating more often at home, trying to use more whole foods (instead of processed), that sort of thing. To supplement this new way of eating, I thought it might be good to try out some local produce options. How lucky was I that Green B.E.A.N. delivery offered to send me a free trial basket? I was very, very lucky, because I got some *amazing* veggies and fruits to try out:
My box contents: Grape tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, green beans, brussels sprouts, sweet peppers, oranges (two varieties) apples, onion, mango
A little background, first: Green B.E.A.N. Delivery is the Midwest Farmer and Artisan network. They connect local food producers with local consumers in the Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky region, through year-round local and organic food delivery. Not only do they have fruits and vegetables, they offer lots of other products – baked goods, beef, eggs, you name it!
Mr. Martini and I loved having all of this fresh produce at our fingertips this week, and it was such high quality! Admittedly, we don’t typically shop at grocery stores with high-quality produce. This was such a treat. Plus, I did a little calculating, and this is a cost-effective option for getting better produce at a decent price.
Here’s what we’ve done (or plan to do) with the produce we received:
- Salad with the lettuce and tomatoes – some of the best lettuce we’ve had in a while
- My favorite brussels sprouts recipe with the sprouts and the apples
- Snacking on the apples and mangos
- The oranges were so juicy we couldn’t resist squeezing them for fresh OJ
- Sweet peppers in a stir fry
The only thing we can’t come up with a clever use for is the cilantro (we don’t use it much at home) or the green beans. Do you know any good green bean recipes to try? We’re planning on just steaming them unless we can come up with something more exciting.
Have you thought about trying a local produce supplier like this? Well, if you live in the Green B.E.A.N Delivery area, you’re in luck! Use the coupon code SLbfGB for 50% off your first produce bin. (The FINE PRINT: The 50% off does not apply to any grocery items added to your first order, and is for new members and reactivations only.)
HURRY! This coupon code is only good for the next week – get your order in soon to get the savings!
Do you subscribe to these sorts of produce bins or CSAs? How do you like them? Any tips for a newbie?
Disclaimer: As I mentioned in the first paragraph, Green B.E.A.N. Delivery did send me this sample produce bin for free. All opinions expressed are my own.
Filed in: In the Kitchen