Just recently I went shopping at Whole Foods and was totally frustrated. The prices of organic produce and fruits were way over the top. A friend forwarded me some information on Annies Buying Club (http://anniesbuyingclub.com). I checked it out and decided to give it a go. You might not get everything you have access to in a grocery store but you have everything which is organic, grown locally and very fresh. I love the idea of not knowing what you will be getting until the day before you are to pick it up. You see, your order is prepaid a week in advance, and you pick it up on a specified day and time at a designated location near you. The service spans out from South Florida to Gainesville.
Taken from their website: "What is a Buying Club?" " It is a group of people who share a common goal to save money on quality healthy foods. By pooling our resources, we create purchasing power to buy food at drastically discounted prices."
It's a wonderful concept and preserves the right of all of us to have quality food at affordable prices.
I joined the club and picked up my first box yesterday. It was great. Instead of long lines in grocery stores and settling for produce I got a box. A woman was standing in her own kitchen with a toddler in her arms explaining the procedure. All I kept thinking was I think I'm going to like this. I was overwhelmed when I saw the box at first. It was almost like ok here is the box but is it ok to go through it? I choose not to and carried it out to my car. I paid for next weeks box before I left. $45. for all this and it's organic.
I couldn't wait to get home. As soon as I got home I began unloading the box. Potatoes, sweet and white, lacinato kale, chard, carrots, apples, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, celery, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower and more. It was my own private little harvest of plenty. I hereby declare myself an organic foodie.
I was under the impression the food I was buying was the best from Whole Foods, was I wrong. The taste from these veggies was incredible. You really tasted the foods. They came direct from the farm to the table. The taste was undeniably delicious and who better to support than organic and local farmers directly who "promote ecological harmony and environmental responsibility."
It's all part of the cooking experience isn't it?
Today I made some Lentil soup and used all the veggies I got yesterday and was it ever good. Whatever veggies you get in the box creates a challenge to yourself to create a wonderful recipe with them.
If you live in Florida, give it a try. It's economical, conscious living, and delicious.