I arrived home yesterday to a nice surprise: A delivery of locally-sourced groceries. A large bunch of scallions, a fresh-packed container of arugula, four rosy-red tomatoes, three varieties of lettuce. And other goodies, too, like a square of cheddar and blueberry jam from Vermont, a bag of rotini made in the Catskills, a package of artisanal bologna — yes, there is such a thing — all made in small batches for Mike’s Organic Delivery, the service that delivered it to my doorstep.
I felt like Michael Pollan was curating my pantry. Except it was Michael Gellar, a Greenwich native, who founded the service a few years ago. Every week Mike visits local farms and food purveyors and selects the best organic, farm fresh foods, offering his finds to Westchester and Fairfield County residents in a variety of combinations, depending on the “basket” that you order. The produce in the delivery is often in the ground 12 to 36 hours before it arrives on your doorstep, which will be AMAZING in berry and tomato season.
Think of it as Fresh Direct for the Whole Foods set — with the price tag to match. A Mixed Produce basket runs $55, and this week, includes “5 Snow Sweet Apples, 1 Bunch Asparagus, 3-4 Red Skin Potatoes, 1 Bunch Baby Mixed Lettuces, 1 Bunch Green Garlic, 1 Bunch Broccoli Rabe, 4-5 Vine Tomatoes and hopefully Blueberries and English Peas.” Select the Two Fruits basket, which will send whatever the freshest fruit selections are that week, for $13.
I have to say I’m hooked on the idea; I loved getting produce this fresh. It’s exciting in the way that finding a new restaurant to deliver to your house is. It has me thinking: If I don’t buy too much other produce at the grocery store, it may even out somewhat week to week. There’s nothing like a farm-fresh tomato, or the aroma of a freshly picked garlic onion. I’m always trying to make better eating choices, but then I make the worst ones anyway because I’m lazy and tired and just grab what’s already made. Having all of this fresh stuff on hand made me want to cook. And that’s part of the battle right there.
If you’re interested, find out more about Mike’s Organic Delivery Service and order online here.