A friend of mine recently asked if I’d be willing to try out Green Bean Delivery. Foodie that I am (and curious about the service, as I’d heard great things), I said of course!
My first bin from the company arrived on my doorstep last week (my delivery day was Tuesday). It was kind of fun to have groceries just show up on my front porch (even if I did look hilarious trying to lug the box into our entryway while juggling my son on one hip). When you sign up for the service, you can choose which “bundle” you want based on size and price. I went for the standard $35 option and was curious as to what I’d find inside. Conveniently, right when you open the box, you get a nice inventory list letting you know what produce awaits!
And, of course, it was super fun to actually dig THROUGH those goodies!
A few observations I had about the service:
• The produce was all in GREAT shape. From the beans to the potatoes to the squash I received, I was delighted that every fruit and veggie was ripe but not TOO ripe. The only exception was the cantaloupe in the bin. It was definitely ready to be cut up that night! But, items like the zucchini, apples and grapes in my bundle? They’re all still going strong! (and I’m snacking on those grapes as I type!)
• I wish there was a way to have a bit more flexibility in your options with the service. Like, if I could have (when creating my account) answered the question, “What kind of produce would you never want us to deliver to you?” I would probably have answered “squash”. Lo and behold, I had three (very nice, I might add) butternut squash at the bottom of this bin. I’m TRYING to like squash (and have made plenty of it for Dean), so I guess I’ll be experimenting with butternut squash soup this fall. Anybody have any good recipes? (After posting this entry, I just learned from my friend Melanie you CAN customize your order. That’s awesome!)
• Organic doesn’t always mean local. I think one of the major appeals of a CSA-like delivery service is the idea that you are helping support area farmers. While organic, some of the items in this bin were brands you might find at the big box stores (like Organic Valley and those Driscolls berries) (so just FYI, Green Bean is not solely a “local farm” type of service … then again, if that were the case, you might only have $35 worth of tomatoes and cucumbers in that bin!)
• The service is VERY thorough about letting you know when your bin is coming, when you need to set your bin out at your door for next-day delivery, etc. (for anybody wondering how that worked, as I always have with these services!)
• I’ve become a BIG fan of the Green Bean blog, which has tons of yummy recipes to share! I’ve made this DELICIOUS chicken-rice soup now twice already this month (Nick LOVES it) and the green beans I got with my delivery? They were awesome with some mushrooms I picked up at MARSH thanks to this recipe.
Overall, I think Green Bean offers a great service, especially for those who hate grocery shopping or are willing to pay a bit more for the convenience of someone else doing this kind of shopping for them. And the great news is, if you live in the Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Muncie or Anderson communities, you can try it out for a discounted price on me! Just log on to Green Bean, create (or reactivate) your account, and use the promo code 15GWPml for $15 off your first Green Bean order!* Isn’t that great?! If you’ve tried out Green Bean or are motivated to do so after this post, let me know your thoughts!
*This promo code is only good for one week, so hurry to take advantage of this offer!