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'In Season' produce delivery comes to Brookline and JP

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gramercyfoodie Aug 14, 2008 07:26 PM

Have heard wonderful things about this service...fresh produce delivery year-round. I don't know details on costs, days of delivery etc, but wanted to spread the word.

website: https://www.inseason.us/

daily candy write up (from earlier this summer): http://www.dailycandy.com/boston/arti...

We won't be able to get it for a few weeks due to move-in and vacation, so would love to hear your feedback..

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    joebloe Aug 14, 2008 09:56 PM

    What's wonderful about it? Do they carry mangosteen?

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      gramercyfoodie Aug 15, 2008 03:35 AM

      local produce delivery year-round is wonderful for me. maybe not for you, but was alerting people who would appreciate knowing.

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        BostonZest Aug 15, 2008 06:15 AM

        It's advertised as "New England suppliers for fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, and dry goods" and therefore no mangosteen unless you know of where they are grown around here.

        This is another opportunity for our farmers and artesian food purveyors to sell their goods and stay in business and that is important to all of us.

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        BackBayGirl Aug 15, 2008 07:15 AM

        I'm so glad they're now servicing Brookline. I posted a think about them back when the Daily Candy article came out. I'll definitely be trying some of the products!

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          gramercyfoodie Aug 15, 2008 12:43 PM

          you are now BrooklineGirl, right? Looking forward to sharing tips on our new 'hood.

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            BackBayGirl Aug 19, 2008 01:44 PM

            Well...you can take the girl out of Back Bay, but you can't take the Back Bay out of the girl. Ha! I plan to move back to Back Bay in the future, but I do love my new Brookline neighborhood for the time being. Lots of great restaurants to discover!!!! Plus, Brookline has the In Season truck which is cool, so I have to try it out!

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          pomodori pelati Aug 15, 2008 12:02 PM

          I just placed my first order. Thanks for the heads-up!

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            gramercyfoodie Aug 15, 2008 12:44 PM

            I'm so glad -- would love your feedback when you get it.

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            agneaux Aug 19, 2008 02:11 PM

            I am a big fan of a service called Boston Organics (www.bostonorganics.com)...it's very similar to inseason, but they cast a much wider delivery net, being based in Charlestown. You register with them directly on website, provide a "do not include" list (i.e., I don't like eggplant, I can get my own bananas) and they deliver to your doorstep a fresh box of produce each week. You can also add on neat items like local eggs, Nashoba Bread, organic cheddar from VT. and free-trade coffee. I like the 1/3 fruit and 2/3 veg box, and it's about $28/week. You can change the add-ons, preferences each week, and there is no "contract." If you are looking for strictly local, this may not be for you...some of the produce comes from out of state, but it is all certified organic. Then again, at this time of the year, the bulk is local. Wonderful service. They also include a little sheet of recipes for the produce you select, as well as updates on local farms. Try it!

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              jylze Aug 19, 2008 03:16 PM

              i really wanted to like boston organics, but the quantities were just too small for the money. it's less than a weeks worth of produce, and for $28 i can go to russo's and pick up about 2 1/2 weeks of produce. (even including gas, it's still a better deal.)

              still though, i wish i could continue to support it because i love the idea, but it doesn't make financial sense for our household.

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                Niblet Sep 5, 2008 02:04 PM

                I'd do this as it looks like a nice box o' stuff with excellent variety, however the delivery is between 10am - 5pm, and for Boston it's on a Tue. Not practical for most working folk.

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                  heathermb Sep 9, 2008 01:54 PM

                  They will deliver to a work address, if you can accommodate the bin at work and then carry stuff home. But, as someone who dropped the service I'm probably not the best person to promote it!

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                    lkmuller Sep 9, 2008 04:04 PM

                    Just curious, as someone who is interested in joining, why did you cancel?

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                      heathermb Sep 9, 2008 06:30 PM

                      A few things -

                      1. The quantity in the box was getting smaller and smaller, which I do understand - but for the $/lb I could get much more using farmers' markets - and have much more control over what I got.
                      2. Too much was coming from VERY far away - I'm more a fan of eating seasonally
                      3. My delivery was on Friday and by that day I had almost nothing that was listed on the website as "This Week's Box" so it was often a disappointment rather than a pleasant surprise.

                      So, it wasn't for me, but it might be for you - I wouldn't tell people not to join - but it's not for me.

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                        beetlebug Sep 9, 2008 06:37 PM

                        Are you referring to Boston Organics or In Season? I think with In Season, you choose what you want to buy.

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                          beetlebug Sep 9, 2008 06:49 PM

                          sorry, I think you (heathermb) are referring to BO. I cancelled BO for very similar reasons as HeatherMB. On top of her reasons is that the produce selection was getting very predictable as well as some bad veggies.

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                            heathermb Sep 9, 2008 06:55 PM

                            You're right - I was referring to BO. In Season is something I might consider once the Copley market closes - right now it's just too convenient to consider anything else!

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                              BostonZest Sep 10, 2008 06:15 AM

                              I'm with you heathermb. I may try this in December. However, living in the Back Bay we will have to try to work out some more secure drop off point.

                              Even our newspapers have been stolen from the front steps. I'm not about to risk a $50 plus order of meat and cheese. I have a couple of ideas but have to see if anyone else in our building is interested so we can make an arrangement.

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                                twentyoystahs Sep 10, 2008 10:12 AM

                                You could do what Niblet did and have the guy call you when he is at your place..of course that means that you'd be ok with getting a phone call anywhere from 5:30-7:30am. Not sure when In Season delivers to the Back Bay area but I'm sure he could give you an idea.

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                                  BostonZest Sep 12, 2008 04:17 PM

                                  Thank for the idea. I tend to work late into the night but I'm working with the building staff to see what we might be able to do building wide.

              2. poptart Aug 29, 2008 07:37 AM

                They are now delivering to lots more towns:
                https://www.inseason.us/Email/08.29.0...

                Has anyone tried this service? I see that they have cheese from Cambridge now as well.

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                  lisa13 Aug 29, 2008 09:28 AM

                  They are very amenable to adding new delivery towns to the routes. If you are interested in being a customer and are not living in one of the official delivery towns, drop them a note to request service anyway, as they may be able to accomodate you.

                  I am ordering this week so we'll see how it goes.

                  1. cassoulady Sep 4, 2008 06:45 AM

                    Hi, I just wanted to know if anyone had placed an order recently and what feedback they had.

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                      twentyoystahs Sep 4, 2008 07:00 AM

                      I was actually wondering the same thing...I placed an order yesterday and should get my first delivery on Tuesday morning (i'm in JP) so will be sure to post an update then...

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                        cassoulady Sep 4, 2008 07:03 AM

                        thanks! i will look for your post next week.

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                      pierce Sep 5, 2008 11:45 AM

                      If you are only getting stuff "in season", and it's truly local, what exactly are they delivering in January and February? Winter wheat? Sno-cones?

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                        lisa13 Sep 6, 2008 04:42 PM

                        https://www.inseason.us/blog/2008/08/...

                      2. Niblet Sep 5, 2008 01:53 PM

                        I just placed an order too. I live in Boston; fyi the delivery charge is $8 on an order of $32. I ordered heirloom tomatoes, corn, fingerling potatoes, eggs and bacon. I'll let you know how it goes.

                        Commenting on above post, it will indeed be interesting to see product offerings in Jan & Feb; they already sell dairy, beef, pork, chicken, breads, jams. Maybe offer nonedibles like handknit hats and sweaters...hah

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                          pierce Sep 5, 2008 01:56 PM

                          ah, i see, I didn't realize they were meat as well. That makes a bit more sense now.
                          Sounds like an interesting outfit, but sadly my wife and I can't afford to pay a middleman to collect it all for us, so we'll have to stick with going direct to the farmers.... (chestnut and parker farms)

                        2. Niblet Sep 9, 2008 07:29 AM

                          Report:
                          Chris delivered my order to Boston this morning at 7am. I had requested that he call whilst en route as I live in an apt bdg, and this he graciously did. He's also extremely pleasant, and there's a lot to be said for that first thing in the morning!

                          He delivered a blue tote box which he said I give back next time. Not sure my preference is to hold onto a big tote due to space constaints of city apartment to be honest. And what if I don't use the service again... but I was very happy with the contents which were loose inside: 2 large heirloom tomatoes, 2 ears of corn, a dozen or so fingerlings, pound of bacon, protobiotic yogurt and dozen eggs. Came to just under $40 including $8 delivery fee. Which is a luxury; if I had a car I'd do it differently but this is a nice supplement to farmers mkt visits and I'll be eating well for the next week.

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                            poptart Sep 9, 2008 11:11 AM

                            Thanks for the report! I am planning to try it out soon.

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                              twentyoystahs Sep 9, 2008 01:30 PM

                              Like Niblet, I also got my order early this morning. I did not request a call (though that's a good idea for the future) but the goods were waiting on my front steps when I went down at 6:30 (i'm in jp.) On the website it says they do a quick "ring and run" of the doorbell but I'm glad he didn't....wouldn't be a good idea at 5am with a sleeping baby & a barky dog...
                              Everything was as I ordered & though I haven't had a chance to try any of it, it all looked good. I also got eggs, yogurt, milk + some peaches and apples, fresh mozzerella, and homemade ravioli...all for abt $33. (Might have to try the bacon next time..) Eager to dig in over the next few days but so far I'm very happy. (Though I do agree about not particularly wanting to hold on to that big blue box till next time...not sure what the solution is for that tho'..)

                            2. noradeirdre Sep 10, 2008 10:46 AM

                              I have been using In Season for a couple weeks now, using the pickup location in Salem on Wednesday evening. I'm very pleased with the quality of products, the customer service, and the prices. Mmm, now I'm thinking about the blackberries and country ribs we are picking up today!

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                                amamba Dec 4, 2008 07:44 AM

                                I have been an "early adopter" of in-season in Salem, but I have to say I am quite disappointed with the delivery. I used to be able to pick up my products in person (first on Saturday afternoons, then on a weekday evening) from Essex Street in Salem (no charge for this). Adding an $8 delivery charge to my meager weekly order (normally about $20 or so) makes this an unaffordable service for me to now do weekly. Its too bad - I hope Chris will go back to weekly pickups in Salem next summer.

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                                  SA70077991 Dec 4, 2008 06:06 PM

                                  i was also an early adopter and loved the service, but after it switched to wed. night pickup it was very inconvenient for me to pick it up so i ordered much less frequently, i was excited that they were going to switch to delivery... until i found out about the $8 dollar delivery charge, unless you going to buy a ton of stuff it is not really worth the delivery cost, the products are expensive enough in the first place. I don't think it is fair or good business practice to completely eliminate the pick up option and to only offer delivery for $8. Usually when there is a separate delivery charge for something, you also have an option of going to pick it up yourself, at no extra cost, such as with restaurants-takeout or services like peapod-stop and shop. If they are not giving a no charge pick up option then they should not be charging a delivery fee because it is not an extra optional service, its the only option and its the premise of the whole business, their delivery costs should be figured into the prices they charge for what they sell, not tacked on as an extra charge at the end.
                                  I have talked to several people who were also early customers and no longer use the service because it is unaffordable to pay $8 for the few things they ordered each week, it is dissapointing to see the businsess take this turn. In season sells basic items like bread and milk, things people like to buy weekly, but how much can you really expect people to pay for such basic things? Ironilcally, if you spend $100 or more, you get free delivery.

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                                    noradeirdre Dec 10, 2008 07:51 AM

                                    I agree- since they switched to delivery, we haven't ordered much at all. I have been putting off doing a Big Order that would waive the delivery fee (over $100) but I really miss being able to get the milk, pasta, eggs, and a few fruits and veggies every week. It's really too bad.

                                    Chris, if you are reading, please think about going back to weekly pickups in the summer again like amamba suggests!

                              2. leahms Nov 23, 2008 01:15 PM

                                I have a couple articles about delivery choices in the Boston area. I hope they are useful. I have used some and plan to try out in season now that my CSA is over for the season.

                                If you are interested in the articles they can be found here: http://www.examiner.com/x-1240-Boston-Family-Foodie-Examiner~y2008m10d16-Delivery-101--Boston-Organics.
                                There is a whole section entitled delivery 101 just see the list on the right hand side.

                                Hope this helps.
                                Leah
                                Boston Family Foodie
                                http://www.examiner.com/x-1240-Boston...

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