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Monday, February 25, 2013

Four Subscription Services That Bring Local, Sustainable Groceries to Your Door

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

click to enlarge JOSH LESKAR
  • Josh Leskar

Let's face it: sometimes we simply can't be bothered with any one of the dozens of farmers' markets throughout the week to grab groceries. The process is just too daunting: the time and energy necessary to arrive, deal with multiple vendors across the lot, and lug the haul back home.

Luckily, there is hardly a shortage of ways to bring fresh, local, seasonal produce into our homes thanks to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes. Whether picked up or delivered to our doors, the convenience is clutch.

Yet man (nor woman) can live on fruits and veggies alone. So, if you're looking for an excuse to have all of your shopping needs taken care of via subscription services, check out a few alternative "CSAs" to bolster your kitchen.

See also: We Test the Seafood CSA and Learn to Beard

Mission Community Market's Chef Box

Pastured Pork to You: Details on 4505 Meats' CSA Box

4505 Meats

Carnivores rejoice! Since September, Ryan Farr and crew began making it simpler to satisfy those carnivorous habits. Customize your cuts, ranging from mostly grilling pieces to braising and roasting portions, or challenge yourself to cook something new with the "Butcher's Choice," a selection of the best of the beasts (beef, pork, lamb and chicken). Available on a monthly basis, each butchers box will always include at least one pound of 4505's famous ground beef, a one pound pack of sausages, and a bag of chicharrones for you snacking pleasure.

SirenSeaSA

If seafood is more your style, have locally caught or sustainably farmed fish fresh off the line on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. To ensure the freshest possible catch, each bounty is delivered to a drop-off location within 48 hours of leaving the water. Cod, salmon, and even crab are just some of the possibilities, depending on the week. Even better, there is also a "half share" option for those who want to introduce a bit of variety but not commit solely to seafood for the entire week.

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  • Goody Foods

GoodyFoods

Allison Kim became exhausted in her quest to find healthy snacks to nourish her family, all of which were laden with refined sugars and white flours. In starting GoodyFoods, she removed all of the 'junk' ingredients in favor of more nutritious ones packed with protein fiber: almond, teff and barley flours, healthy fats like coconut or grapeseed oil, and natural sweeteners such as apple sauce and fresh or dried fruit. Baked fresh Sunday morning and delivered Sunday night, these seasonal muffins, cookies and bars come in a 100% compostable cardboard box and are ready to serve at a moment's notice.

Luke's Local

Sometimes, there are those weeks where we just need everything in one convenient package. Part CSA, part local grocery store, Luke's Local allows you shop online and stock your box with seasonal fruits and veggies, rotating pre-made meals, breads, eggs, coffee, condiments packaged snacks and Luke's famous burritos. Add flowers to brighten up your home when your box arrives at your doorstep.

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