One of the great things about living in Colorado is the milk delivery service available to Front Range communities (and maybe other areas too; I only know about where I’ve lived).
Every Thursday morning I wake up to milk “fresh from the farm,” as the boys like to call it. As in, “Is the milk fresh from the farm here yet?” I love it. Mike teases me, but I swear this milk tastes so much better than the stuff from the store. It might just be the glass bottles it’s packaged in, but I’m certain it’s not all in my mind. The half and half we get is so good, I long ago stopped using any sweetener in my coffee.
Last week, when I was chatting with some healthy-minded folks at the LiveWell luncheon, someone mentioned an organic food delivery service, and I was intrigued. In the last year or so, I’ve been delving a little deeper into the world of food. Such as, where is it coming from? How did it live before I grilled it up for my dinner? How many ingredients are in it? And, will the pesticides used to keep it bug-free cause my boys to grow girl-parts? Yuck!
I’ve read books like, In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan, The End of Overeating, by David A. Kessler, MD, and most recently, Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn, and been horrified. These books are eye-opening, and truly frightening. I consider myself a fairly aware and healthy cook, but I realize I still have a way to go.
So I’ve tried to make changes. Stuff that felt impactful to me, but was still realistic for my lifestyle. Because honestly, who really has time to go to three different grocery stores for the grass-fed beef, wild salmon and vegan egg substitute? Not me. I want to do better, but I’ve still got stuff to do.
Anyway, back to the food delivery. The company is called Door to Door Organics, and they deliver boxes of fruit and veggies, right to your porch. There are several options for the amount and contents of the delivery, and you can receive weekly or bi-weekly service. Plus, the price is pretty reasonable, with no delivery charge for most areas (including mine), and you can quit any time. So I decided to give it a try. The Friday after Christmas will be our first delivery, and I’m pretty excited.
Usually, I go to the store with meals in mind and a list in hand. Sometimes I struggle to come up with ideas, or to find the produce a recipe calls for. I see this as an opportunity to sort of reverse the process. Each week I’ll come up with meals centered around what I’ve already got, and I’ll get to skip multiple grocery store runs. At least I’m hoping that’s how it will work. I’ll let you know!
How about you, readers? Have you made any dietary changes recently? Are you trying to go organic, vegetarian or vegan? I love meat too much to ever give it up, but I’m definitely trying to make some positive changes. Little by little, I hope to clean up our family meals, until we are sparkling on the inside!