It can be tough to tell cage-fed chickpeas from free-range, and even tougher to discern an organic head of lettuce from a genetically engineered head of lettuce with the body of a lion. Save the time you'd spend deliberating with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a small box of organic produce delivered to your doorstep from Nature's Garden Delivered (a $39.14 value, including tax). This price includes delivery, but you must be within the radius of Nature’s Garden’s delivery area. Produce boxes are delivered Fridays and you don’t have to be home to receive your produce.
Nature Garden cofounders Michael Kirk and Scott Frishman run a zero-waste facility that recycles or composts almost all of its waste, and specializes in organic products, most of which are locally grown. Start by choosing a small box filled with fruit, veggies, or both. Contents change weekly, depending on what’s in season, your preferences, and how much produce is pilfered in transit by bands of marauding moose. The fruit box may be chock-full of ripe jonagold apples, avocados, bananas, mangos, oranges, pears, and tangelos, and the veggie box includes seasonal greens such as cucumbers, onions, and squash. Unlike new parents gazing into a maternity ward, shoppers have the option to pick and choose items, or add produce to their orders.
Nature’s Garden Express
Cofounders Michael Kirk and Scott Frishman quickly bonded after they met in college, as they shared the desire to support—and help others support—local and sustainable food production. After learning the industry ropes while working together at a small organic-produce company in Colorado, they launched Nature’s Garden Express. At their carbon-neutral facility, where all materials are either recycled or composted, staffers carefully nestle organic produce into boxes before delivering the goods to customers’ doorsteps. The system makes buying local easy for all consumers, regardless of whether their neighbor refuses to sell the koi in his pond. Other boxed offerings include grass-fed beef, local honey, and free-range eggs.