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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I'm A-Knockin' On Your Door Again, My Darling

In an effort to force myself into something resembling a healthy lifestyle, I've signed up once again for an organic produce home-delivery service.

I haven't been enrolled in one since I received the (now defunct) Pike Place Market Basket delivery service a number of years ago. I ended up letting it fall by the wayside after I moved onto the boat, because I simply didn't have the room to store the abundance of produce I'd receive on a weekly basis, or the ability to cook a lot of it in proper fashion.

Of course, nowadays just about every major grocery chain does home delivery of some sort, even these guys for crying out loud (funny, how occasionally some old-fashioned practices come back into style.) And of course, anyone who lived in Seattle during the dot.com heydays of the mid-to-late '90's fondly remembers long-dead sites like HomeGrocer.com, MyLackey.com, and - my personal fave - Kosmo.com, all of which went belly-up around the turn of the Millenium (I mean, who could possibly have guessed that a business model centered on quick home-delivery of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and the latest Adam Sandler video from the local Blockbuster by an army of spandex-wearing bicycle messengers would be a money-losing proposition?), so it's not like this is all that new or innovative, but for some reason, it just sort of clicked with me.

In fact, I hadn't really even been thinking about it, but, when I randomly ran across a link to the web site, and looked at the pricing ($25 a week for a single person), and the quantity, which seems like a reasonable amount to consume in a seven day period, I thought "what the heck?". The nice lady I spoke with over the phone assured me it was perfectly okay to skip a week's delivery if I hadn't used up everything from the previous week, and that I could always request to either have specific items not delivered (which will no doubt occur as soon as Brussel's Sprouts come into season), or even substitute larger quantities of other items to make up the difference.

Really, it's kind of a no-brainer. I get a weekly delivery of fresh, organic local produce for a reasonable price, and - purely out of my ingrained sense of guilt over wasting food - I'll find ways to cook up and eat as much of it as I can. Plus, I remembered one of the interesting aspects of this type of service was that you frequently received items with which you may previously have not been all that familiar, and so you get to learn about the food, how to prepare it, what it goes with, and the services themselves generally provide a handful of recipes to help guide that process.

So, first delivery is on Monday. We'll see what's in the basket.

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