Monthly produce delivery boxes as gift -is there such a thing? [Madison, WI]
This may be a bit out there, but, I'm wondering if there are any local farm programs in Madison that deliver boxes of produce to houses that one can subscribe to, like a fruit-of-the-month sort of thing?
I've gotten wine clubs and exotic fruit-of-the-month as a gift for my folks. I have no interest in fruit-of-the-month from places like Harry and David --how many perfectly waxed apples can one eat?
What I thought would be nice would be a produce-of-the-month club (not just fruit), supplied by local organic (ideally) farms, maybe as a small box with variety each month.
This may be wishful thinking --produce like greens are more perishable, and a box that is not too much for 2 people may not be economical from the supplier perspective. Nonetheless, no harm in asking. Is anyone aware of such a possibility in Madison? I read about something called the Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture, but that seems much more involved, and requiring pick-up at pretty inconvenient places. (I think my mom has significantly reduced her visits to the farmers market as the crowd and traffic have become annoying.)
We used Harmony Valley as our produce CSA but, as you have found, that is a pickup situation.
AND we found that a half share was more than we could keep up with!
While I don't have an answer, I do have a suggestion.
If any organization would know about this type of service, it would be Willy Street Coop. I would give them a buzz.
In the Metro Detroit area we have a company called Door to Door Organics that provides home delivery of very customizable boxes of fruit and vegetables. I did a quick search and didn't see anything in Madison. Drop them a line and see if they have plans for your area, at the least it would let them know there is interest. Myself and several friends/co-workers use the service and we are all very satisfied.
Different CSAs (Community-Supported Agriculture, perhaps not the same CSA you're referring to but certainly the more colloquial one) have pick-ups at many different places, and they're designed to be convenient -- though I guess I don't know where you live; perhaps equidistant from every CSA's pick-up spots.
Regardless, delivery is going to be a big reach because farms are already strapped for infrastructure between the CSA deliveries and farmers' market transportation. Shop around for a CSA that has the most convenient pick-up. REAP Food Group and FairShare Coalition (formerly MACSAC) have handy lists.