So I was browsing Facebook from my phone recently and actually saw a FB recommendation that piqued my interest (shocking, right?). I usually just scroll past those things. I don’t even get recommendations or ads on my computer because I use Adblock Plus, which I highly recommend!
Anyhow, this recommendation was for Backyard Produce where fresh produce and other organic products from local farmer’s markets are delivered right to your door (well, my door and maybe yours if you’re in NC or VA). There’s a $15 annual fee and then you can either pay for a weekly variety box or they offer boxes based on your family size. They use a reward system for custom purchases, I didn’t read too much in to it.
I’ve always wanted to try something like this. I’ve tried signing up for a CSA in the past but I was always too late. Now I’m just wondering if it’s worth it. Backyard Produce only delivers during the summer months. So the annual fee is more like paying $5 for each of the 3 months of delivery. The two-family package is $35 a week and gets you about 7-10 items.
While it would be nice to try it out and get a variety of produce, maybe even some I’ve never tried before, I’m worried that it would go to waste. I want to eat healthier but as I’ve tried in the past two months, lots of fruits and veggies have gone bad. But 7-10 items a week isn’t a lot. Is it worth $35 and then some? Our grocery budget is $400 a month. Last month we were right on that mark. This month I’ve been cooking a lot more, granted, it’s mostly been pasta and rice, which is bad for my gluten sensitivity, but we’ve only spent about $250 and that includes grocery shopping for this last week of June (and for the first time this whole month I purchased fruits and veggies). So one month of Backyard Produce would cost about $140, leaving $260 for the rest of the month or $65 a week. It seems doable but maybe now is just not the time?
I think for now I’ll stick to purchasing produce from the grocery store until I find more motivation to stick to a new healthy eating/cooking habit. Then I’ll check out my local farmer’s markets. If I’m still in Virginia next summer, I’ll keep Backyard Produce in mind.
Do you use any food home delivery services in your area? How much does it cost you?