Grocery stores are laden with packaged foods and produce lacking in nutritional value. Did you know that most grocery produce is at minimum a week old by the time it arrives at the store? Your local farmers market is the best source of fresh produce and wholesome foods, but if you’re pressed for time, these delivery services can help keep your kitchen stocked with nutrient-rich and delicious food.
Farm Box LA
Los Angeles, CA
What’s great about Farm Box LA in particular is their support of local farmers known to have some of the best produce around, such as Weiser Farms and Tutti Fruitti. You can be sure you’ll get ripe produce that is in season and therefore tastes as good as it gets.
In addition to Fruit & Veggie Boxes, they have a variety of other options, including the Complete Farm Box (includes grass-fed meats, a balanced mix of produce, dairy products, bread, fresh juice and local artisanal goods). Specialty boxes like Juicing Boxes and Crossfit/Paleo are also available. Deliveries can be customized to fit your preferences, and each box includes a weekly newsletter with recipes.
The thing that makes Farm Box LA even more special is their eco-sustainable business practices. Deliveries are packed in reusable produce bags and baskets to eliminate waste. They also provide services such as taking leftover produce to a food bank or farms for composting. They can even turn your leftovers into jams and preserves if you like!
Venice Beach, CA
Nut milks are all the rage, but the store-bought varieties contain added ingredients that are less than ideal. Aside from attempting to make it at home, are there any alternatives? Jeff Leaf, founder of Mylkman (the first almond milk delivery service in the nation) says yes.
Jeff’s almond milk is made with freshly-cracked coconuts and raw organic almonds. It’s packed with nutrients and is completely free of sweeteners, additives and GMO’s. The best part is you get it delivered fresh to your door on the day it is made. You can make your delivery eco-friendly by refilling your glass bottles. Mylkman services areas throughout Los Angeles County with weekly almond milk deliveries made on Thursdays.
Farm Fresh 2 You
Farm Fresh 2 You offers one of the most flexible and economically-priced organic delivery services available, making it easy for everyone to incorporate farm fresh eating into his or her dietary repertoire.
Capay Organic is the farm behind this service. A variety of seasonal produce is harvested to offer an array of service options to suit your individual needs. Deliveries are packed in reusable cardboard boxes that can be flattened and left for pick-up. The fruit and vegetable selection changes each week and varies depending on what’s in season. They also work with neighboring organic farms, so you can be sure a nice variety of produce is waiting at your home or office door.
The Venice Merchant
The Venice Merchant offers a handpicked selection of organic and local food at affordable prices that are delivered to you straight from the source. Founders Giles & Laura Donovan make eating well simple by offering a seasonal produce options as well as additional items such as pasture-raised chicken and sustainable salmon. Custom wood crates include recipe ideas for the produce packed inside.
Spud brings locally produced food and those you’d find in a natural food market to you via convenient online grocery ordering. Not only do they offer a Fresh Harvest Box and Juicing Box program, there also have quality grocery items typically found in a natural food market. You can get everything from beverages, snacks, dairy, meat, even health and home products!
A helpful feature on their website is the ability to shop based on special diets or dietary restrictions, including gluten free, kosher, vegan and others. Once you click on a diet type, the website displays items suitable for your selection.
Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.