Thursday, December 18, 2014

Keeping my Family Healthy with "Farm Fresh to You"




After having our first child, my husband and I began to reevaluate how we ate.  As a result, we began eating a mostly organic diet and increased the amount of whole foods we ate.   I wanted to be healthier for my kids and I also didn’t want my children to be exposed to the additives, chemicals, and hormones in a lot of conventional foods.

That was over six years ago, and we never looked back.

Overall, I feel like my family of four doesn’t get sick very much.  Both my husband and I are thinner than we were 10 years ago.

When the weather is bad or my toddler is acting up, I sometimes I want to go through a fast food drive thru.  When you eat mostly organic, there are fewer choices for dinner.  Our suburban neighborhood has about five restaurants with organic or ‘natural’ items on the menu.   So, I find myself going to our local natural grocery store….a lot.

This is why I was so happy to be introduced to Farm Fresh to You!

Farm Fresh to You is a delivery subscription service that provides organic produce to homes and offices in both Northern and Southern California. This Community Supported Agriculture service is based in Capay Valley, California.  To assure a wide and fresh variety of produce, the company partners with several other local farms.

So, how does it work?

The great thing about this service is that it is customizable.

You are able to choose the size and type of box, along with the frequency that it is delivered.  First, you can choose what type of box you want.

  • * Mixed Fruit and Veggie
  • * No Cooking
  • * Fruit Only
  • * Veggie Only
  • * Traditional CSA

Then, choose a size:

  • * Small for 1-2 people
  • * Regular for 3-4 people
  • * More for 4-6 people
  • * Monster for 6 plus people (for the fruit and veggie box)
  • * There are also Organic Snack packs, designed for offices,  that come in mini, small, medium, and large sizes.

Finally, you can decide if you want a box to be delivered weekly, monthly or every two or three weeks.

Since we are a household with two adults and two kids, I chose the regular fruit and veggie box.  A few days before my box was supposed to arrive, I went onto the website to customize it.  The box came with amarosa fingerling potatoes, apples, pears, navel oranges, satsuma tangerines, fresh herbs, broccoli, butternut squash, a meyer lemon, assorted lettuces and nantes carrots.  I decided to switch out some of the tangerines for some bananas and the butternut squash for some sweet potatoes.   You can also go to your exclusion page and mark off certain items that you never want to receive.

After I chose what was in my box, I was taken to a page with items to add-on.  You don’t have to order anything.  However, everything looked so good I couldn’t resist. I decided to get some roasted and salted pistachios.  However, some delicious tomato sauce and maple syrup also caught my eye.  Maybe next time.  I also saw olive oil, organic eggs, and granola on the list.  These are great options for those weeks when the weather is bad and I don’t feel like going to the store.

After I customized my box, I eagerly anticipated its arrival.

So, what was in my box?


Everything was delicious and fresh.  After washing my produce, I enjoyed some nantes carrots.  They were sweet and better than most carrots I purchased in the stores.  The navel oranges were juicy and refreshing.

For dinner, I decided to make roasted carrots, sweet potatoes and amarosa fingerling potatoes with fresh herbs.  Here is the recipe:

Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Fresh Herbs

Serves 2-4 people

Ingredients:

2 medium sized sweet potatoes
½ pound of fingerling potatoes (I used amarosa)
4 medium carrots (I used nantes)
1 T of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 sprigs of both thyme and rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  You can peel the potatoes or leave the skins on.  Cut sweet potatoes and fingerlings into one centimeter cubes (it doesn’t have to be perfect).  Slice carrots into coins.   Then take your sprigs of thyme and rosemary and slide your fingers from the top to the bottom, stripping off the leaves and “needles”.  Toss vegetables and herbs with olive oil.   Next, spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet in one even layer.  Cook for 25-30 minutes.  Every ten minutes, use a spatula to stir the mixture around.  Allow it to cool and enjoy!



My family enjoyed this flavorful dish!  The fresh herbs were a nice touch.

Overall, I am enjoying this service.  It is so convenient and helps my family and I eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.   In addition, I love waking up to fresh produce on my doorstep.

If you’re interested in this great service, I have a special offer for you!  Farm Fresh to You has a ‘refer-a-friend’ program.  For each referral, your friends are given $10 off their first box and the account holder is given a ‘$25 credit applied to their account.’  A great deal for both parties involved.  See more of the terms and conditions here.  If you’re interested in this deal, my referral code is MELI6372.  Sign up here.

‘Farm Fresh to You’ makes it easy to include more healthy foods in your family’s diet.

*Disclosure:  To inform my review, I was given my “Farm Fresh to You” box for free.  In addition, I was compensated for my evaluation of the service.  All opinions are my own and I only endorse products and services that I believe in.



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