For those many seniors, growing their own fruits and vegetables can become
a challenge, and making it to the local farmer’s market on Saturday
mornings is simply not an option. However, they do not have to stop getting
very fresh, and organic, fruits and vegetables. A relatively new service
can deliver the goods to their home.
Here is how it generally works: Customers can place an order either online
or over the phone, and they often have total control over what and how
much comes in their delivery. The produce provider delivers the fruits
and vegetables about once a week. While it’s just as convenient
as ordering groceries through a supermarket, this produce often comes
directly from the growers, ensuring it is fresh and nutritious. Additionally,
these services focus on pesticide-free, organic produce, which can help
an older person avoid any chemicals that could unintentionally make them ill.
Treehugger.com recommends five organizations that deliver food in different
parts of the country:
This company delivers foods in several states, including Colorado, Kansas
City, Illinois, and Michigan. It also partners with Suburban Organics
(www.suburbanorganics.com/learn/) to deliver goods in New Jersey, Pennsylvania
and Delaware. To continue deliveries during the winter, the company gathers
food from warmer climates and international organic farms. The organization
lists what is gathered and where on its website week-by-week.
While this company was designed to provide fresh produce from farms in
the Phoenix, Ariz. area, it also offers an overnight state-and-nationwide
delivery service. The boxes are not frozen, but kept cold with reusable
freezer packs. In addition to essential and more unusual options, Boxed
Greens can also provide a Breakfast Box, which contains seasonal fruits
and fresh granola.
This company provides more than just fruits and vegetables. The online
store lets you order from brands that include Newman’s Own, Annie’s
Sprouts, Tom’s of Maine, and more. It operates through an annual
membership system to keep prices down.
The name SPUD is actually an acronym for Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery.
It targets much of the West Coast, including Seattle, the San Francisco
Bay Area, plus Los Angeles and Orange County. It also ventures into Canada
in Vancouver, Van Island and Calgary. The company lets you design your
own box, choosing contents, delivery frequency, prices and whether you
only want to receive local goods. Additionally, SPUD lets you order canned
goods, baby food, household supplies and sustainably-raised meat.
This company focuses on delivering organic foods to the New York Tri-State
area. It makes weekly stops in the boroughs, New Jersey, Long Island and
Connecticut. Consumers can pick between four different box sizes, and
contents can change weekly. Urban Organic also offers a juicing box, which
lets consumers ask for their own juices and smoothies.
These are just five among dozens of companies that offer to deliver organics,
but all are good options to make sure an elderly loved one has fresh fruits
and vegetables in their diet.