Today, we got our first local, organic delivery from Irv and Shelly’s. It was perfect timing because we put out a bag this morning for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. The outgoing bag was full of pasta, lentils, processed sauces and other fine examples of our previous diet . Kind of interesting the way the timing worked out, but out with the old and in with the new! I’m really impressed with the variety in the Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks Veg/ Fruit Box. It was almost like an episode of “Chopped” when we got it. There were a couple things that I’ve never cooked and have barely heard of… like ramps and parsnips. Other items in the box were a mini watermelon, bananas, oranges, spinach, chives. It is like a cornucopia of organic goodness.
We decided to get creative and work with some new ingredients, so tonight we made lamb burgers stuffed with sauteed onion, garlic and ramps. Then had some amazing sauteed parsnips sprinkled with fresh chives on the side. Whoa! What a flavor packed and delicious meal! Ramps rock and parsnips were surprisingly sweet and super tasty.I’m already excited about out next delivery. It’s really a cool service. You can pick out the right sized box to fit your appetite. It’s actually a bag, but that’s ok… they will recycle the bag on the next delivery (am I turning into a hippie or what?). Anyway, they fill the bag with fresh, local organic produce and then you can add on extras like organic avocados, Gunthorp Farms pasture raised organic chicken, organic grass fed beef or anything else from their site. They deliver to our zip code on Saturdays and bring it right to the door. Is it a good value? I really think so. If I went to Whole Foods and bought the exact same stuff, it would cost more and take at least an hour out of my day. There is a similar service that has more meat items in their inventory, so we will be trying that one, too… and will post the experience as well.