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by Jaclyn Jecha

We’ve always talked about trying a produce delivery or CSA. And, for the last few years, we didn’t commit to anything for numerous (silly) reasons. A few weeks ago, we read about a local company, From the Farmer, and we decided to go for it.

From the Farmer delivers produce and other local goods directly to your home – or, in our case, apartment. No need to actually pick it up at a weird time in a strange location. (Who has time for that anyway?) And, the best part is that they actually deliver overnight, between midnight and 7 a.m. That fact alone practically made the decision for us. We don’t have to worry about our produce sitting out all day with people going in and out of our apartment building. And, we don’t have to worry about the delivery going to our leasing office instead.

There are a few options to select from, depending on the size of your household – a half bushel, full bushel or double bushel. We chose the half bushel because it’s just the two of us. And, another great thing about the service is the simplicity of making changes to your order. If you’re going to be out of town one week, you simply sign in to your account and make the change accordingly. And, there’s no long-term commitment.

In the beginning of the week, From the Farmer  sends an email letting you know the produce and local goods of the week. The timing is perfect because we usually go grocery shopping on Sundays. With the email in hand, we knew how to plan our week.

We received our first delivery last week on Wednesday. It was delivered during the night right to our door. It worked perfectly because we get up pretty early to workout. We just opened the door and popped it in the fridge before we left. They supply their own bags – you just have to leave the previous week’s bag by your door.

The biggest challenge? Figuring out what to do with the produce! It was time to get inventive. This week, we received a red onion, brussels sprouts, yellow cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, kale, spaghetti squash and apple cider. From the Farmer does accompany their weekly emails with recipes–which was a great starting point. But, we really wanted to utilize a few of the vegetables in one dish.

We stumbled upon a recipe for Kale and Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Kale Topping from Willams-Sonoma. The recipe was pretty easy, even though it had a few steps that required a little bit of time (roasting the cauliflower, crisping kale).

We made sure to toast the pine nuts and served it with some crumbled goat cheese. Ideally, we wanted to make some goat cheese crostinis to go with it, but apparently, we live in a “bread desert”. (Is that a thing? Well, if it isn’t, we’re making it a thing.) We cannot find good crusty bread within a small radius of our apartment. It’s definitely a problem for us. Luckily, From the Farmer actually has an option to add bread to your weekly delivery. Maybe we’ll add that on in the next few weeks.