Update: See the Asian Turkey Wraps I made using some of the produce from my Relay Foods pick up.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, I scored an awesome deal on a Relay Foods produce box thanks to a coupon code from Capitally Frugal. Today was my pick up day and I was excited to see what I would receive. One of the things I initially really liked about Relay Foods was that you could not only select the date you want to pick up your “box” but you can also pick a location close to your home or office. For me, there was a pick up location less than half a mile away; had it not been so cold, I would have walked up with the dog. The truck was parked in a local school parking lot and very easy to spot.
I felt REALLY bad for the guy standing outside handing out the bags when I pulled up in my nice warm car. Since it was my first time picking up, he explained a little about Relay Foods and offered me a coupon code for 5% off my next order. He also reminded me to tell my friends (that’s you guys!) about Relay Foods. Use this link for $30 off your first order of $50 or more. I’ll also get $30 for a referral credit, so thanks! When he handed me my “Local Bounty Share,” my initial reaction was holy cow this is heavy. I should have popped it on the scale to see how much it weighed, but my guess would be at least 10 pounds. The bag the produce came in (which I assume is just for first timers) is super cute and I’ll definitely use it for grocery shopping in the future.
Once home it was time to unpack. Inside the bag was a card indicating the items inside, as well as the farm and farm location.
One by one I pulled the items out of the bag to see what I received. I wound up with:
- 6 large apples
- 6 white (?) potatoes
- 3 large sweet potatoes
- 3 bunches of spring mix
- 1 bunch of collard greens
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 head of cabbage
- 1/2 gallon apple cider
I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get the winter squash and Bibb lettuce as promised on the card, but when I looked online, it looks as though I received cabbage, an extra spring mix and extra potatoes instead. I was VERY excited about the apple cider, because I am a huge apple cider fan. I’m enjoying a glass (not spiked) while I type this post, and it is quite delicious. I’ll have a spiked glass in a bit.
In terms of what I’m going to make with the produce, I’m going to use the cabbage tonight for Asian lettuce wraps (made with ground turkey and mushrooms). Tomorrow night, I’ll make a salad with some of the spring mix and cook up some sweet potato fries to accompany our chicken thighs. I’m thinking the apples will make a nice snack with some peanut butter and maybe I’ll make a small apple crisp with the rest. The spring mix will be easy to use as the base for salads either for lunch or dinner for the rest of the week. The trickiest items will be the potatoes (since M and I really don’t eat “white” starches) as well as the kale and collards. I’m tempted to try this Raw Collard Greens Salad that the Relay Foods blog linked to, since I have all of the ingredients in the pantry. This Pesto Potato Skillet (also linked from the Relay Foods Blog) sounds like a good Sunday morning brunch option, and again, I have everything on hand to make it. And for the kale, I’ll likely make some kale chips to snack on this week.
All in all, I’m definitely happy with the produce. I like that some of the items will push me a little outside my produce comfort zone, and having nice fresh produce in the house will help both of us eat a little bit better this week!