Review: Farm Fresh Organics delivery

I’ve been keen to trial organic box delivery, but when I did my research awhile ago our suburb wasn’t included in the drop-off zone. I’ve since found Farm Fresh Organics and we’ve had two deliveries so far.

The first week we ordered a mixed medium box of organic fruit and vegetables on the Tuesday. A Styrofoam box with ice packs was delivered a few days later containing: 1 leek, 1 cos lettuce, 3 zucchini, 1kg carrots, 4 onions, 8 mushrooms, 1/4 kent pumpkin, 1/2 cauliflower, 1 1/2 broccoli, 1/4 cabbage, 1 corn cob, 4 apples, 4 bananas, 3 sweet mandarins and 8 oranges. Phew.

Matt was concerned that he liked to feel, smell and select what he wanted to buy, but we were more then happy with the quality of the produce. One night Mattt steamed some grocery carrots mixed with organic carrots. He then asked me which where the organic ones! I selected the wrong ones based on colour. The grocery ones were bright orange and quite hard. The organic ones were duller but softer and tasted nicer.

Another concern was the cost. Organics can quickly add up, but we found that we could keep the price down by selecting produce in season and sticking to a spending limit. We also found that some things had a similar price to non-organic produce in the supermarkets. We ate everything, except the lettuce and some onions. I like to think of it as an investment in our health, and the mixed box is a good deal.

This week we decided to select individual items for our order. This time we got a bigger box, so it wan’t as packed. Matt got the scales out, but everything ended up being a little over what we were charged. A rare occurrence these days.

We also ordered some organic lamb chops, which were more gamey, with visible marbled fat. Matt said he’d order a different cut next time. I ordered my usual gluten-free loaf of bread and was impressed by how fresh it was!

The only draw back is now that we are eating more fruit and vegetables, we are probably making it harder on ourselves to become self sufficient!

Highly recommended.

4 thoughts on “Review: Farm Fresh Organics delivery

  1. Lara

    I’m not sure if I’ve posted a comment on your blog before, but I’m a long-time reader. :)

    Have you tried Food Connect? I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them – I’ve been getting my fruit and vegies through them for ages now and the quality is excellent. Hope they have a “city cousin” in your area!

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  2. Shane

    As the founder and owner of Farm Fresh Organics I’m delighted that you’ve enjoyed our organic home delivery service. We’re committed to making real food available to people who seek it out, and very much encourage everyone to grow as much of their own as they can. As you go though your self sufficiency experiment you’ll quickly discover that you just won’t have the full variety of vegetables, and especially fruit, all year found that we’ve all become used to if you’re farming on a standard suburban block.

    One of my other hats is the nutritionist and media spokesperson for the Biological Farmers of Australia. I’m passionate about organic food, ecology and sustainability and write as often as I can about issues like peak oil – the imminent end of cheap oil – to alert people to the importance of greater self sufficiency.

    BUT, and this is important, in a future world where peak oil has made local food production the rule instead of the exception it is today, no man or woman will be an island. Success will depend on community, rather than thinking we can do everything ourselves. Australia will have to rapidly transform our agriculture to organic, as fossil-fuel based inputs like fertiliser and pesticides become simply too expensive to continue using. When this happens, we’ll be very thankful that the organic agricultural movement has already gained invaluable knowledge and experience in terms of low-input agriculture, short supply chains, local food production, resilient varieties of various crops, natural pest control, organic soil management, etc.

    Yes, grow your own – it just makes sense – but if you still need to buy food, which is likely, choose organic so as to a) get real, healthful food, b) avoid pesticide contamination of yourself, the environment and those who’ve grown your food , c) reduce agriculture’s impact on climate change, and d) support the kind of agriculture we’ll all be reliant on on the future.

    This is why we started Farm Fresh Organics, so we’re always glad when people find our service of value to them. And we only sell CERTIFIED organic food so you know what you’re getting.

    Many retailers make various claims to sell organic food but don’t insist on organic certification to back those claims up. Buyer beware! See our website for a free report: ’5 Things you should know before you buy organic food’.

    Shane
    Farm Fresh Organics

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