Boston Organics: Excellent!
I got my third Boston Organics shipment today and I'm really pleased with the content. It's still early enough in the season that a lot of the produce is non-local, but the quality is great and the variety was really nice this time. In the small box, 50/50 mix:
1 Romaine Lettuce
1 Carton Strawberries
2 Ears Corn
1 Bag Snowpeas
3 Summer Squash
That's the problem I had with it as well. It was like produce triage the entire time: "Quick! the spinach is going! We've got to eat that! Okay, now the chard! Hurry, it's going to rot! Someone eat that broccoli! Oh no, the fruit! the fruit!"
Tasty, but too stressful for me! Maybe once I'm done with grad school (3 more weeks!) and have more time to cook I'll try it again...
Wow. I never knew about Boston Organics! Thanks so much for the heads-up. I am really interested in doing it, but have a question about delivery - Does someone need to be home to buzz them in? I live in a building without a doorman and am not home during the day. Does anyone else have this problem?
Very good variety. Maybe I should give this a try again. I didn't have a great time with it last year. I only had one item on my do-not-send list and it turned up again and again regardless of email follow-ups. I also got the 50/50 small box and found that it was heavy on greens - chard, kale, cabbage, collards, etc. I love them all but it's tough to eat them all within a week.
So far they've been great about respecting my do not send list. I do the every-other-week option and it's just the right amount of product without becoming overwhelming/challenging to consume. I'm sure the winter months are tough for getting decent variety but I've been really pleased with what they've sent me thus far.
Same here, even when I've made late additions to it (Mon for Thurs delivery). Is it possible there was some confusion about what was being excluded, because there are some similar listings. My one complaint is that I can't pull up my never deliver list online to confirm what's there.
As to the all greens, it's more of a problem in the winter IMO, likely so that they can use some of the sturdy winter greens to add volume to the delivery to offset the limitations on other things based on prices from having to import them.
I do the every other week too, 2/3 veggies. Nice to get oranges pretty regularly with the fruit portion so that I have orange peels I don't worry about cooking with (included some in a pot of black beans yesterday, with broccoli, orange peel, hot peppers and hoisin on the menu for tonight.
Is it too late to sign up for deliveries? does anyone have other favorite organic produce cooperatives? I can't reliably get out of work to pick up the weekly boxes at some of the places I've checked out (Drumlin Farms, a few others).
Alternatively, who has favorite farmer's markets in the Boston area?
Thanks in advance!