Accessibility has remained the main concern in the spread of “green thinking,” and there is nothing closer to our fingertips than the Internet. Organic produce delivery has combined the fast-paced lives of today’s urban Americans with the demand for fresh, preservative-free, sometimes healthy, but always-delicious organic food.
Organic produce delivery has exploded on the Internet, with each company’s Web site allowing you to look online at the week’s produce and grocery options, create your own shopping cart, checkout and pay and then open your front door to the realized product of Internet fantasy that same week; quicker than you can say eBay.
ParadiseO’s Web site is comprehensive, user friendly and graphically organized so as to not overwhelm newcomers. Paradise offers customizable packages to fit even the most economical of needs with delivery service offered weekly, biweekly or even just once when you’re feeling especially green.
For $25 you receive a box of 12-16 types of produce: fresh, delicious, functional items that are easy to incorporate into any meal. A sample selection includes butter lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, strawberries, mango, apples and pears. This is the combo box, but if you’re feeling especially leafy there is a vegetable only option, and the same goes for fruit lovers.
With supermarket prices at an all time high, Papa’s Organic, a produce delivery service that also offers limited organic groceries, is a real financial competitor with the likes of Vons and Trader Joe’s. Although non-produce food items are sparse, for the organic novice they are affordable and a step in the right direction. A bi-weekly box of produce costs $31, but you’re paying for the luxury of variety and exoticism (eight species of apples are not going to grow themselves).
Spud.com is a perfect balance of simplicity and option, ingenuity and good old-fashioned common sense. Kettle Chips, Morningstar, Yves, Amy’s; meet your Internet consumers. These brand names are common to grocery stores, the vegetarian public and probably even acquainted with your own refrigerator.
Combining these familiars at exceptionally low prices with Spud’s own organic brands, they make it easy to venture out and try something new without neglecting your basic everyday grocery needs. Frozen organic dinner meals for the rushed diner, weekly deals for the bargain hunter and an ingenuous search engine that scans for food by health benefit, Spud is a never-never land for health conscious surfers.
As the converted mini-vans of ParadiseO turn into fuel-burning planes and pollutant- toting boats options may increase, but the soul and frankly, the point, of organic produce delivery dissipates. Exhibit C: Diamond Organics. A chaotic Web site that quickly backpedals its claims of “local” with explanations of the occasional import from Mexico and Central America, what is justifiably described as alternative eating quickly turns into fanaticism.
The Original Sampler feeds two-three people for about four days, weighs nine pounds and costs a grandiose $82. Great cost does result from great variety, and 12 varieties of tomatoes, vegan chocolate mousse, grass fed buffalo meat, line caught wild fish and organic caviar is merely covering the Diamond Organics basics.
Eating organic isn’t just for hippies anymore, and now with the wonders of the Internet and socially conscious trends it’s accessible to even the busiest (or poorest) full-time workers to help their body and the environment.