It was a good food week last week–I got my first delivery from Door to Door Organics! It’s the most fun I’ve had since… well, summer I guess. Can’t beat a box of beautiful fruits and vegetables (and some extras) dropped off right at your door.
Established in 2005, Colorado-based Door to Door Organics is an online grocer that is “changing the way people shop and eat.” They are expanding to the Milwaukee area and as part of their local kickoff, I got to try them for free–and so will three lucky Milwaukee area readers. And anyone in their distribution area can receive a $10 discount (see below for details).
How It Works
When you enroll in Door to Door Organics, you select a produce box that is delivered to your door every week, or every other week if you prefer. There are four different box sizes ranging from a “bitty box” for 1-2 people all the way up to a “large box” for a bigger family. Before your delivery you have the opportunity to swap up to five items for different items of your choice. Then you can add “extras” like more produce, meat, pasta, milk, or olive oil–all online. And if you need to skip a week or go on vacation you can do that online too.
I have to say the late February was the perfect time to draw in a fresh produce-starved foodie. Since we are still finishing up some CSA leftovers, however, I decided to start with the small box of fruits and vegetables and was given the option of Tuesday or Thursday delivery dates.
The original contents included:
I swapped out a few of the selections for different items, then added some wild sockeye salmon and kombucha. I was particularly pleased that Door to Door Organics was making some of my healthy eating resolutions (eat more fatty fish & probiotics) easier.
As I browsed through the extensive list of grocery add-ons, I decided that I could easily pull together full meals without going to the grocery store. Besides perishable foods like produce, bread, dairy and meats, they have pasta, olive oil and even chocolate pie crust, cherry syrup and micro brew root beer!
The produce is all organic and the other items I viewed were either be natural or organic.
Why Use Door to Door Organics
Door to Door Organics brings together health and convenience, a challenging combo in today’s busy world.
Convenience. I loved getting a box delivered to my doorstep. If you aren’t going to be home, they request a cooler for storage in challenging weather or may be able to do an office delivery. The next delivery, you give back packaging materials like cold packs so you don’t need to feel bad about waste.
Predictability/Exchange Privileges. After decades of CSA membership, I have come to enjoy unusual vegetables varieties along with their joys and challenges. But I know that many people don’t join a CSA because they don’t like the unpredictability or the inability to customize box contents. For my scheduled Tuesday delivery I get a list of the box contents on Friday and can swap out and add items until noon on Monday. This is also helpful if you are using this service to supplement a CSA or garden.
Selection. As I have alluded to, the number of foods offered is impressive. Other than toilet paper, I wasn’t able to find anything on my upcoming shopping list that they didn’t stock.
Local Items. A potential weakness for a service like this could be lack of local products, but Door to Door Organics does an excellent job of sourcing these. For our area, some of the offerings included local grass fed beef, Collectivo coffee, Indulgence Chocolates and Sassy Creamery products.
During the growing season, they also have a local produce box option (while supplies last). Although it lacks the personal connection to the farmer that you get with a CSA, if you have avoided a CSA because it lacks flexibility, this could be your answer.
If you are buying organic at Whole Foods or your local health food store, I don’t think the cost of Door to Door Organics will faze you. But if you are accustomed to CSAs, buying clubs or cheaper farmers markets (some farmers markets rival Whole Foods), you may notice that convenience comes at a price.
But there were some very good deals too–even for bargain shoppers. The Door to Door Organics wild Sockeye salmon was on sale for $2/lb less than the best local sale price (not counting bad fish–don’t get me started). The nitrite free prosciutto was just a smidge more per ounce than bargain-priced Trader Joe’s and fresh Meyer Lemons were cheaper than buying wholesale from my buying club.
And even though my CSA will start back in June, I think I’d like to stay with Door to Door Organics as a supplement–no citrus or peaches growing in Wisconsin!
And now for the Giveaway
First, anyone in any of their distribution areas, can get $10 off your first order by signing up here.
In addition, three lucky readers in the Milwaukee area will get a $50 gift certificate for Door to Door Organics. (Winners will need to subscribe with a credit or debit card but can chose to cancel when their gift balance runs out.)
-To enter, visit Door to Door Organics and verify that your zip code is in the delivery area. Then leave a comment letting me know how this can help you meet your eating goals.
-For a second entry, “like” Art of Natural Living on Facebook and leave a second comment that you did this (or if you already a follower, leave a second comment letting me know that).
-Giveaway is sponsored by Door to Door Organics and open to Milwaukee area residents in their delivery area only.
-Giveaway ends at midnight CST on March 15th.
-When the giveaway entry period has ended I will select the winners using Random.org and will contact them via the email associated with their winning comment. If I do not receive a response, or if the person selected does not meet the geographic conditions of the giveaway, I will select a new winner using the same method.
Now doesn’t that all sound like fun? Stay tuned as I put the finishing touches on a new recipe for Salmon with Fruit Salsa, inspired by my first box!
- Goodbye Ruby Smoothie
- Dutch Baby or German Pancake