Brown Box Full of Green. And Red. And Yellow…

By: Elizabeth Webber Akre

I love Facebook.  I’m always amused to hear someone say “I don’t do the Facebook thing” because they have no idea what they’re missing!  Yes, it’s fun to reconnect with old college friends, play games (I was once addicted to the Mafia) and laugh at funny photos.  But what I really love about it is how much I’ve actually LEARNED from Facebook.  You may ask, “like what?”  Well, let me tell you.

I learned about Pinterest! Thank you FB people. I also learned about Zaycon Foods via Southern Savers’ posts.  Huge thank you there.  Just this past Friday I got my delivery and now have 20 pounds of beautiful boneless, skinless chicken breasts resting comfortably in my freezer.  Most recently, I learned about Brown Box Veggies from my blogger buddy April’s  Facebook  page.  I’ve been telling myself that I wanted to belong to one of these vegetable co-ops but haven’t come across one that I felt was really affordable for my family.  Some of them are just plain expensive and they send so much produce that I was really more afraid that we wouldn’t be able to make a dent into it before it started to spoil.  But, I’ve now found the answer…Brown Box Veggies.

Here’s how it works: you place your order and pay for it on their website.  They deliver on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.  The BBV people work with local farmers to spotlight their produce in their boxes. So, each time you order, you’ll get an assortment of what’s in season.  Then, you choose one of the many distribution points they have around town for pick up.  In my case, I picked up at the Ole Timey Meat Market on Rosewood Drive, which is so close to my house I can walk there.  Chances are you’ll find a pick up location close to your neighborhood, too. Now, here’s the best part of all: this beautiful bunch of goodness is only $22.00.  It can’t get more affordable or more convenient than that.  And if you’re like me, any opportunity to support local farmers and merchants is golden.

Brown Box Veggies

I placed my first order a couple weeks ago, and I was eagerly waiting to get my veggies on April 6th. My daughter and I went to the market to pick them up and when the lady opened the box to show us what was inside, we both squealed with delight.  (Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but you get my drift!) Ours contained the following:  Carolina Sweets onions, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, spinach, parsley, apples, oranges, pears, asparagus and red potatoes.  I was absolutely thrilled.  I’ve been telling everyone I know about it ever since Saturday morning!  Brown Box Veggies also offers a salad box and an all-fruit box.  The BBV lady also showed me one of the salad boxes and it was equally beautiful…lettuces, tomatoes, avocadoes, just to name a few.

Spinach is one vegetable that I’ve always loved.  I cooked it last night by simply sautéing it with garlic and touched it off at the end with a little lemon juice.  It was perfect.  In fact, my husband has determined that this is how I should cook it from now on. I did some reading online about these Carolina Sweets.  I didn’t know anything about them until now, so I’m excited to experiment with them.  I am thinking something like an onion tart so I can showcase the onion itself.  Have you ever cooked this type of onion before?  Suggestions?

ElizabethIf you’re interested in fresh, healthy fruits and veggies from our home state, I suggest you check out Brown Box Veggies.  I am certain I could not have bought everything that came in my box for only $22.00 at the grocery store.  And, it can’t be any more easy and convenient.

Support local!

Elizabeth also writes “Gastronomy (by a Wanna-be Chef).” She loves all things food and wine and how they fit into our lives.