Why Do Meal Delivery When You Can Do a CSA Box?

Recently, we were all gathered around the TV when a commercial came on for a new service called Blue Apron, which touted “farm fresh ingredients” and a “better way to cook”. I hopped online to look at what all this service entailed and came across these Blue Apron reviews which detailed one user’s experience. Turns out there are a number of companies following this meal delivery service model, including Green Chef, Plated, Hello Fresh, Chef’d, and Pete’s Paleo among others. The basic model of the Blue Apron service is that users are sent a weekly box with all of the ingredients they need to make 3 different meals. With Blue Apron, meals start at $9.99 per meal for 2 people, so that’s $59.94/week for two people to make three dinners. And Blue Apron is “reasonably” priced – other services, like Green Chef charge upwards of $15 per meal per person for their all-organic, Paleo-friendly fare. I was flabbergasted from reading reviews to find that people are paying this much on a handful of meals for the week. Having three dinners delivered means you still have to take care of 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 4 dinners with whatever is left of your grocery budget.

CSA boxes give way more bang for your buck than any meal delivery service
CSA boxes give way more bang for your buck than any meal delivery service

This left me wondering, why don’t more people take advantage of locally-grown CSA boxes? CSA boxes, which stand for Community Supported Agriculture, allow consumers to buy produce directly from local farmers, like us. At Two Small Farms, our CSA boxes range between $25 and $45/week, depending on the size of the box you specify, which is on par with CSA boxes offered by other Texas-area farmers. You can also add on a dozen of our farm-fresh eggs for $5. With our CSA boxes, you get legitimate farm fresh ingredients, and enough of them to have fresh produce with at least one meal a day for the whole week. If you order a large box and add a couple of dozen eggs, for $55 you could have enough produce to get you through almost all of your meals for the week if you just pick up a protein of your choice from the store. No, they don’t come all pre-portioned and measured out for step-by-step recipes, but with fresh produce, the meal possibilities are endless. Google has plenty of ideas for how to cook up those crispy orange carrots or that medley of colorful summer squash. Here are some great ideas from we came across when looking for inspiration for our own crops.

Expect farm fresh berries in your summer CSA box!
Expect farm fresh berries in your summer CSA box!

To find out more about ordering our CSA boxes click here. If we aren’t in your area, we recommend that you contact a local farmer’s market to find out about CSA box options close to you. Many farms deliver their boxes weekly at market, and some are even able to do home delivery in bigger urban areas.