I try to cook using more fresh, than processed foods. Yes, I still use short-cuts, but I do like cooking from scratch. I read a hint somewhere to begin your grocery shopping in the produce section and you’ll fill up your cart with good, fresh food and less processed food. The hint continued to suggest shopping only on the outer edges of the store. OK, I still shop the inner grocery store isles, but my cart is filled with the good stuff first.
A while ago I heard about Imperfect Produce. They deliver to your home produce which is good produce but may be a bit misshapen or was overages and not sold at the grocery store. At the same time, they help support food banks. Read more about them at their website. Last week I saw that they are now available in Maryland in the Baltimore & Montgomery County area. I checked online and they deliver to my zip code on Tuesdays.
They have Small, Medium & Large Boxes, and you can choose all fruit, all vegetables, mixed fruits & vegetables, organic or non-organic. I ordered a small box of mixed fruits & vegetables. After ordering, I was able to go online and customize my order by removing items I didn’t want and adding items I wanted.
Monday I did some regular grocery shopping and checked on the store’s produce pricing. I am pleasantly pleased with the price of my #UglyProduce items compared to the store’s prices. Honestly, I can’t really say what I received was ugly. It was comparable to the produce in the store.
Imperfect Produce included a card “I eat ugly because…” and promised, if a picture was taken and posted on Facebook, they would donate 5 pounds of produce in my name to a local food bank. You can see other photos on their Facebook page.
You can see what I got. It was about 11.8 pounds of fresh, nice looking produce – no bruises or bad spots. My box included:
- 2 pounds of Sweet Potatoes
- 2 pound Butternut Squash
- 1.8 pounds of Carrots
- 2 pounds Green Cabbage
- 2 Naval Oranges
- 2 Red Pears
- 1 Grapefruit
- 2 Green Bell Peppers
- 2 large Yellow Onions
I’ve never had a red pear, so will check those out first! The oranges will go into the Power Pressure Pot with some cranberries for some Orange-Cranberry Sauce, I’ve made before. Think I’ll browse for a recipe for Cabbage with Rice and Meatballs in Spaghetti Sauce. The Butternut Squash is a bit smaller than I would normally buy. Maybe I’ll make Apple and Butternut Squash Soup.
Hope you’re having a good week and getting some stitching done!