Do you want to eat locally but have trouble getting to one of the many farmers markets around town? Even if you cannot make it to a weekend morning or weeknight farmers market, you can still get fresh produce from growers around the Houston area.
A new program called Greenling has opened up the Houston area for local produce delivery. The produce you get is the same that is delivered to the farmers markets in the area, and best of all, it costs nothing to join or to have boxes delivered. The only caveat is to order at least $25 of produce.
If you are adventurous, try the local box, which includes a mixture of whatever is most available that week. Those are usually around $35 per box. Best of all, the items in the local box are listed on their website each week with the name of the farm each item came from. For instance, the local box one week may have sunchokes from Animal Farm and kale from Wood Duck Farm.
Just as farmers markets are not confined to only selling produce, Greenling also sells things beyond fruits and vegetables. You can get cheese from local dairy farmers and local chicken eggs. There are also prepared foods and some organic commercial items that you can order to be delivered to your home or office.
Have you ever had an experience with home-delivered food before? The quickly shuttering Rice Epicurean markets once offered home delivery, and will continue to do so from their sole-remaining store. Did you take advantage of their service? What did you think about it? Would you try home deliver of farmers market produce?