When compared to imported produce, local fruits and vegetables are more eco-friendly, seasonally appropriate, and more dependable for driving directions. Consume community-minded crops with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of organic-grocery delivery from LPO. LPO's delivery service requires an $18 delivery-cooler deposit, which is refunded when customers return the cooler.
LPO distributes organic produce grown year-round on its three farms located along the Rio Grande valley, with doorstep delivery and online ordering. For a full-spread sampling of their offerings, try a Harvest Box, a construct of eats provided entirely by regional organic farms ($28). The content of this veggie cornucopia varies from week to week, but customers can expect a conglomeration including nutrient-rich nibbles such as Texas grapefruit, Cuyama apples, red onions, red beets, California tangerines, kiwis, broccoli, bunch carrots, and LPO lettuce or greens. Community cuisine chasers can also chomp on a pound of organic pecans ($12.99) or accent items naturally with wildflower Moses honey ($5.38). Bolster a blundering meal with a hearty slice of whole-wheat farm bread hailing from Santa Fe ($4.99) or forego frozen chicken fingers in favor of two pounds of newly minted chicken breasts ($13.99). Wash down your fresh-food feast with half a gallon of neighborhood Rasband Dairy's whole milk ($2.89).
- If I were a head of lettuce living in Albuquerque in January, I know right where I would want to be. Los Poblanos Organics’ south valley farm. It’s amazing what’s going on down there: 30 acres, 5 enormous greenhouses, layer hens, pigs, some fancy looking horses (which I forgot to photograph), and a bunch of friendly smiling farmers. – abqlocavore, Local Food Gal
In 1906, Tollef Skarsgard emigrated from Norway to pursue an American education. After attending school—and learning English along the way—he started a farm in North Dakota, which he first seeded in the spring of 1912. One hundred years and four generations later, Skarsgard Farms continues to produce a wide variety of crops. Tollef’s great-grandson, Monte Skarsgard, now oversees an upgraded version of the estate, where he harvests organic fruit and vegetables, and dresses scarecrows in designer overalls. The farm also distributes prepackaged produce from a variety of regional organic farmers year-round through an online delivery service called the Harvest Box Program.