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Hi CHs...

I know this has been discussed before, but many posts are old. I am looking at signing up with an organic produce delivery company. From the posts I've read, I am torn between MamaEarth, Front Door Organics and Wanigan. I'm hoping people can share their thoughts? Its for a family of 2, and I am hoping for enough fruits/veggies that I don't really have to supplement... also, looking for a good amount of variety and interesting produce!

Thanks for sharing!

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  1. hi,

    hubby and i have been with waingan since last fall. we love it. we get the vegetable wanigan and that is enough veggies for us for the week. we cook 99% of our meals from scratch. occasionally, i have to supplement some onions, garlic, or potatoes. but not all that often.

    we started originally with the fruit/veggie wanigan (i can't remember the size) ... but i quickly figured out that i still like picking out my own fruit. not sure what it is but i like being able to pass on that apple b/c it's slightly bruised or whatever. plus, hubby and i eat 3 servings of fruit (each) per day so what we were getting in the delivery wasn't enough.

    here's what i like about wanigan:
    - quality of produce is AMAZING ... way better than anything i've seen in the grocery stores
    - variety is awesome ... we haven't been bored yet. plus, we've been 'forced' to try a bunch of veggies that weren't really on our radar before. each week, there's always something 'interesting' ... last week, we got local asparagus (to die for) and today, we're supposed to be getting fiddleheads.
    - flexibility is great - there's an online order management system - you can easily cancel any upcoming order. you can also ADD to any upcoming order from wanigan's 'catalog'.
    - upcoming delivery notice - i get an email the friday before our delivery telling us what will be in our order. so, if i'm really stuck on making a specific dish (i.e. for company over the weekend), then i know whether it's coming in the delivery or if i have to go out and buy it.

    the delivery comes in a large, plastic, bio-degradable bag. perfect for us ... i use this to line my kitchen garbage can and no longer need to buy kitchen garbage bags. we've seriously cut down on our plastic bag usage and i like that this bag is bio-degradable.

    when i was looking into the various delivery options in toronto, i had settled on mama earth. a friend of mine was with them and loved them. however, they didn't deliver to our neighbourhood (west-end). in a way, this was a bit of a blessing because we really, really love our wanigan!

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    1. re: lilaki

      Thanks Lilaki....
      I am a little worried about the quantity of fruit that seems to come in most baskets... 2 apples, 2 pears and 3 bananas just wont cut it for us! Have others found the fruit is more than this??

    2. I'ved used both Front Door and Wanigan (when it was WOW). My wife and I use them for veggies. Sometimes you get fruit that you don't want. I simply tell them via online DO NOT SEND forms to cancel the fruit, and cancel some veggies. I remember one time cancelling just about everything from Front Door (a $42 box) and ordering all new stuff.

      It may just come down to the day of the week they are on your street. I live by High Park and Front Door comes along on Tuesday. This allows us to see what we have before we got to Dufferin Grove Mkt on Thursday.

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      Dufferin Cafe
      2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

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      1. re: Dean Tudor

        Thought I'd report back. I went with Mamaearth. They have been great! $35 for reg box- and $2 to customize (as many changes as you want). The first delivery brought me a bruised peach, and they ran out of my live basil (sent regular packaged basil)- so after a quick email I was given a $5 credit and a free live basil in my next shipment. Also- they realized my house fit better on a different days route- so to compensate me they gave me a week for free (all I had to do was put my box out one day earlier!).

        The produce has been great so far, and I'm excited to see what more local stuff will continue to come.

        Great customer service and a great selection!

        1. re: shariberri

          i've tried WOW, greenearthorganics and frontdoororganics but I'm still in LOVE with Wanigan. if you don't fancy anything in the prepackaged box, you can totally customize your entire box without any penalty as long as you purchase a minimum of $25. they have a storefront in brampton. and the best part is if you don't want to order for a while or the following week, you don't have to worry about trying to remember to hop online to cancel an order!
          worth checking out at least once.

          1. re: jeannieh20

            Wow, I live 2 minutes from here and had no idea there was something like this around there. A local organic produce storefront, in my own backyard?? What services do they offer at the storefront?

            Thanks for the tip!

            1. re: duckdown

              the storefront is open throughout the week plus the delivery service for those who can't get to the store. check out their website for hours:

              www.wanigan.com

              they also have items in store that they can't deliver (i.e. ice cream

              )

              it's a small store front and only carry enough produce for the week so it's not overstocked.

              1. re: jeannieh20

                Thanks, but they have lots of fresh local fruits and veggies available for purchase in the storefront? Like for instance do they have seasonal stuff like local strawberries and so on?

                1. re: duckdown

                  what ever they have listed online they have in the store front. check out the website and decide if the selection is what you like and go check it out.

          2. re: shariberri

            we do mama earth too and i am very happy with it. they also allow you to cusomize your whole basket.

        2. We get ours from Green Earth Organics. They have been consistent in terms of quality and quantity. As others have mentioned it does make you try vegetables you normally wouldn't bat an eye at. Now I know that I REALLY hate Kale! Each week, or course, you have the option to change max. of 4 items from your basket with replacement items or double some of the ones in the basket. We pay $37/week.

          BTW if you want really good basil (not sure if it's organic) then get the ones from Highland Farms (or at least from the Bennett Rd. location). They're sold by the bunch wrapped in plastic with their roots exposed. I always use their basil and their garlic... just amazing quality.

          http://www.greenearthorganics.com

          1. Tried Wanigan after reading this post….interesting selection…be prepared to cook what you get in the next day or two as everything we got was ready to go and even had to throw out some selections. Added the “organic O.J.” to our wanigan…never again. When you order organic o.j. you don’t expect a carton from concentrate.

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            1. re: BeachHeath

              hi beachheath,

              what did you order?

              i've never had any issues with the produce in my delivery from wanigan ... in fact, sometimes, things last well over a week!