About 3 years ago I subscribed to a veggie home delivery program called Front Porch Pickings. Every two weeks a box of vegetables grown within Florida is delivered directly to my doorstep for only $26 a delivery. I love vegetables and am not picky at all. Even my husband enjoys the veggie creations I come up with. My goal every two weeks is to use everything in the box even if I have no idea what it is. I have grown to love turnips and kohlrabi, vegetables I never would have purchased on my own at the supermarket. I even became hooked on my eggplant parmesan recipe because I had no idea what to do with the gorgeous eggplants I got in my delivery box.
What I really love is they send you what you will be receiving the Sunday before they deliver so you can make changes and take out items you don’t like. For instance sometimes there an abundance of salad bunches in the box and my husband usually purchases tons of spinach for our salads so I may substitute for more of one thing or add on something different that may be available. In addition to vegetables you can add in local coffee, bread, soaps, and more.
Because everything is from Florida the vegetables usually arrive ripe and full of nutrients. Another nice thing is if I run out of something that is especially delicious I know it is going to be available at the local farmers market or grocery store so I can go and get more. I feel like I am on top of whatever is in season based on what is in my box. Here are a few of my finds from my local deliveries:
Oyster Mushrooms, sweet potatoes, green beans, eggplant, peaches, tomatoes, muscadine grapes and sweet potato greens.
Here are a few of the meals and sides I have made with items from my Front Porch Picking bin:
Locally grown black eyed peas with fresh sauted green peppers
Locally grown green peppers and mushrooms in a chicken stir fry
Locally grown arugula, peppers and cucumbers in a yummy salad
Locally grown roasted zucchini
Do you subscribe to a local veggie delivery service ? What is your favorite vegetable?
I need to vent a little bit…
I haven’t been feeling that great lately. I know what it is. During the weekends I am usually on the go and rarely have time to prepare my own meals. As much as I say at restaurants:
“I have celiac disease, I am gluten-free, dairy-free and shellfish-free, please notify the chef. Also please avoid cross contamination by asking the staff to either change out their gloves or mix my food in clean bowls and avoid breading, sauces, and spices”
…I still find a way to become sick. During the week it is super easy to stay gluten-free I usually make all of my meals. I still manage to get sick even when I am super strict, which makes me wonder:
- Is it true what they say about gluten and coffee?
- Should I avoid my Diet Coke because there could be gluten in the caramel coloring?
- Is it true what they say about quinoa and other grains still aggravating celiacs?
- Is my non-dairy creamer making me sick?
- Do I need to worry about the meat I eat, do I need to be concerned if they were fed grains?
I am not one of those people who knows exactly what makes me sick. I typically eat the same thing each week and rely heavily on vegetables and salads. After two years with this disease I am still perplexed and frustrated. I miss convenience and I miss being able to eat without having to describe what is wrong with me. I don’t miss bread or pizza (well maybe a little) or stuff like that, I am just frustrated that gluten-free does not always mean gluten-free for all. Packaging is confusing and cross contamination is not always labeled or taken seriously.
Thank you for letting me share- I promise to post something positive next time…
What is hard for you? Do you have any advice for me?