Program in a Box | Making Her Mama

It’s Alicia writing here…

I have been thinking a lot lately about eating locally and supporting our local farmers and the economy. But in all honesty, I hadn’t put that to practical use until 3 weeks ago. I was reading the local paper when I came across an article about Local Farms Delivery. The thought behind this program was to support local farmers while eating farm fresh produce that was either in season or produce that could be stored over winter months. I called the same day and ordered my first 4 boxes.

I waited expectantly on the first Monday for the delivery. My patience began to wear thin when the box hadn’t been dropped off by 9am…but that’s just because I was super excited and I was hoping to wake up at 7:30, open my door and find a box full of wonderful goodies! It finally arrived around 2:00pm, just as I was leaving to pick up my oldest from school. I quickly glanced in the box and to my shock there was a bunch of unrecognizable leafy greens..oh no! But no worries my nearby friend had a produce guide which quickly identified the greens as Rapini or Broccoli Raab

The box also contained carrots, apples, potatoes, leeks, red onion, a few cooking onions, parsnips, 1 dozen brown eggs, and 1 loaf of organic homemade bread. Just by looking at it I wasn’t sure if it was worth the $40 I paid for it. So… I went to the local Thrifty’s to do a price comparison. To my surprise there was a $16.00 difference – my box being the better price.

So now I’m on to my third box. It has been a journey trying to figure out what to do with the vegetables. I discovered that Rapini is ok in pasta, however we do not like the stems. My husband ate the stir-fry containing a bunch of Kale that we received the second week.

This morning I diced up 8 cups of fresh Rhubarb and prepared it for the freezer (I know, I should probably eat it fresh but I honestly don’t have time this week to deal with it!). Nadine and I have been looking into other box programs because there have been a few downsides to this one. First off, I know that apples aren’t in season but if I do find them in my box I would hope they weren’t as beat up as some of the ones I’ve seen this past month. I am also more than capable of making my own bread every week. So, we will keep you in the loop as far as the food box programs go. In general though I do think that the food box idea is terrific. It gets you eating locally and in season which I am very grateful for, not to mention that we are actually eating more leafy greens!

Just out of mere curiosity, do you try to eat seasonally? What determines what you buy in the store? Price? A menu plan for the week?

Cheers,
Alicia

Get Instant Access to My Resource Library!

You will also receive an email whenever a new post comes out (~once a week).

Your privacy is important to me and I hate spam! I will never sell or share your email address. You can also unsubscribe easily at any time.

Written by

Leave a Reply

Nadine Best

I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

  • Are you a lover of #books? Do you #Homeschool using literature or read aloud? Audiobooks are a great way to get in more stories! We love listening to them in the car or while folding laundry! Right now if you sign up for a 30 days free trial you get to download 2 #free audiobooks!! When we did this we looked for #bookcollections - we got The Peter Rabbit collection by #beatrixpotter , the full #chroniclesofnarnia and an adventure series of classical literature stories read by #elijahwood! Link in my bio (it's an affiliate link just so you know!)
Follow @Instagram
  • Are you a lover of #books? Do you #Homeschool using literature or read aloud? Audiobooks are a great way to get in more stories! We love listening to them in the car or while folding laundry! Right now if you sign up for a 30 days free trial you get to download 2 #free audiobooks!! When we did this we looked for #bookcollections - we got The Peter Rabbit collection by #beatrixpotter , the full #chroniclesofnarnia and an adventure series of classical literature stories read by #elijahwood! Link in my bio (it's an affiliate link just so you know!)
  • Who's ready for #homeschool cash giveaway? @HomeschoolMarketing has teamed up with an awesome group of #homeschoolinfluencers to bring you the a $500 Back To Homeschool Cash Giveaway! One lucky family will win $500 (paid via PayPal) to put towards your homeschooling needs!!! How neat is that?! Woot! To enter, follow the directions below:

________

1. Like this giveaway image and click follow above if you aren’t already.

________

2. Tap on the image to find the next person in the loop.  Tap on their name to go to their profile.

________

3. Find this same image on their Instagram page.

________

4. Repeat steps 1-3 on every photo/profile until you make it back to the profile you started with.

________

When you make it back to the person you started with, you’ve completed the loop.

This Giveaway will run for 5 days (August 14th – August 18th midnight your time). The winner will be announced by @homeschoolmarketing within 72hrs of the giveaway closing.

________ *Money will be sent via PayPal (this giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with PayPal.) ________

RULES: All entrants must make their account public for the duration of the giveaway. This is to verify entries and ensure that you are following all of the participants. The winner will be chosen at random and will have 24 hours to claim the prize after being tagged in this post. If within 24hrs we do not hear from you, another winner will be chosen. Account to contact: @homeschoolmarketing

________

DISCLAIMER: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are at least 13+ years of age, release Instagram of all responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

________

#homeschoolinfluencers #Giveaway #LoopGiveaway #NOTBackToSchool #Homeschool #HomeschoolGiveaway #HomeschoolCashGiveaway #CashGiveaway
  • Calling all #Homeschool mamas and papas! Awesome #giveaway coming tomorrow morning at 8 am PST! You don't want to miss this one!!! #homeschoolinfluencers
  • Today's haul from the #garden! Nothing beats fresh #veggies! #pattypansquash #zucchini #carrots #greenbeans #tomatoes and #cucumbers we'd be set for a great salad if only my lettuce had done well!
  • I picked a new #potatoes from our garden! It was partially pruning as the plants have become enormous and the vines are starting to sprawl the pathways in the garden. But.... it was also part curiosity to see if there was really anything growing. We ate some of these #russianbluepotatoes pan fried in #butter! Yummy!!! There is nothing like real fresh food!!! Do you grow potatoes? What's your favourite way to enjoy them? Any tips for my harvest?  And PS this is not a sneaky pregnancy announcement as someone asked LOL I don't have twin spuds growing in my belly!!!!
  • Come they told him..... are you quietly singing parumpapumpum? This is my newest little #drummerboy ! It looks like we made 4 tiny human #drummers. I'll have to try and get it on video because this lil guy has got the groove and dance moves to boot!  Do you have any #musicians in your family?? #drummerslife
%d bloggers like this: