Your Foodie Friday post...

My latest food obsession, is locally-sourced farm products delivered to my door.  If you've never been to/heard of Austin, you should know it's somewhat of an organic/hippie sort of place and we all embrace things like eco this or local that.  I try not to go overboard with it but I love the idea of supporting a local economy and I certainly appreciate organic farming -- I'm not really into pesticides.  (Stay tuned for a blog post on TEDxAustin.  Boy do I have a video for you if you're the least bit interested in learning about GMO foods...wow.)

In one of my many expat food searches, I came across this UK company, Riverford, who delivers organic, locally sourced (from farms around the UK) fruit and vegetables right to your door.  I was totally intrigued and wanted to try it here in Austin first just to see how I felt about the whole 'produce' delivery mechanism.  Would I like it?  Would I use up what they gave me?

Fortunately, Austin being the 'granola' city that it is, has a similar company with a similar premise, Greenling.  A few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and order their local box -- this only includes vegetables/fruit from local farmers and each week it's a surprise as to what you might get.  This means you get things grown: in season (which means it wasn't shipped from outside the U.S. having environmental impacts), locally (which means you're supporting local farms and the local economy), non GMO (see above for link), and organically.  It's almost as if you can hear the angels singing....

Well let me tell you, I LOVE GREENLING.  Seriously.  I love it.
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What a Greenling Box might look like (Links to Greenling.com)
There aren't enough people in my house to order it every week (because there is SO much good food), but, I've been ordering every few weeks and even then, having to hustle to use up all of the food.  One of the things I've really loved about Greenling is, it's made me a better, more inventive cook.  I'm using vegetables that I like, but don't really buy all the time -- like beets or fennel -- because they are in my box and I don't want to waste them! So, I've would up creating/adapting several recipes with my Greenling boxes which you can find at the bottom of this post (the recipes were completely inspired by my Greenling local box and also inspired by a few different recipes I found on allrecipes.com).

All of this to say,  I'm so sad in June to leave behind Greenling, but I'm really excited to try Riverford when I'm in London to see how it compares -- and of course, I'll blog about it!!!
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Links to an article about Greenling
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Links to an article about Riverford
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