Review of Door to Door Organics (and a giveaway!)

Door to Door Organics is a grocery delivery service that lets you sign up for weekly or bi-weekly deliveries of certified organic produce–you pick a box size ranging from “bitty” to “large,” based on your family’s needs.  You can modify each order by up to five items, and they have a wide range of other groceries you can purchase as add-ons to your standard order.  I was most excited that they have a “local” tab that lets you shop for local meats, produce, and other grocery items.  Door to Door Organics provided me with a free trial of their service in exchange for an honest review, and they are also providing a $50 voucher giveaway for one lucky Colorado reader who lives or works in their delivery area–to see if they deliver to your area, click here and enter your zip code.  They are also offering $10 off of your first order for anyone in their Colorado delivery area.  The coupon code to receive the $10 off is SAVORY15CO and the code is good for one year.

When you sign up you select a box size and a produce mix of all vegetables, all fruits, or a mix of the two.  I selected the small, mixed box, which is described as “good for a couple that cooks often or a family of 3 or 4.” Since we cook most of our own food, this was an ideal size for the two of us.  Each week you get an email to let you know to check in and see what will be in your next box, and it is easy to substitute for items you don’t need or enjoy.  For instance, green bell peppers are one of the only foods I refuse to eat, so I selected a head of romaine lettuce instead.  I also added on a few extra grocery items that I found irresistible–some local ground lamb, some grain-free Cappello’s pasta, and some fresh herbs.

Door to Door Organics

 

The boxes are delivered right to your door on the day you select–our delivery area had the option of Wednesdays or Fridays, for instance.  Frozen items (like that ground lamb I ordered) are carefully packed in coolers with dry ice.  One really appealing thing is that all of the packaging is recycled by the company, so you just leave it on the porch the day of your next delivery and they will pick it up for you. I would add that it is easy to skip an order if you will be out of town or you just don’t need the produce that week.  This was my “small” box plus a box for the frozen items:

Door to Door Organics

You do not have to be at home to accept the delivery, and you can place any special delivery instructions on your order online.  I was home when the first box arrived, and the delivery man did a great job of explaining the recycling and what to do in extreme weather.  You can leave a cooler on your porch if the weather is a concern, and they will pack the produce in the cooler for you.

I was really happy with the quantity and quality of the produce received and I have continued to subscribe to the service past my free trial.  During the summer we get most of our produce from C.S.A. shares, but since that isn’t an option for the better part of the year it is great to be able to get fresh, organic food delivered to your door.  There is no extra cost for the delivery.  One piece of advice I would offer is that when you get lettuce or other delicate greens they will arrive unwrapped, so it is helpful to have some produce bags on hand for each delivery.  I was also delighted to have the option to substitute some of my favorite winter vegetables, including a nice celery root, which I used to make this hearty stew of beef and winter vegetables.  The stew came together nicely with several other items from the produce box, including local potatoes, onions, and some rainbow carrots.

Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Stew

Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Stew
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Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds organic, grass-fed beef roast, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 28 to 30 ounces of diced tomatoes in tomato juice (4 cups)
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 pound carrots, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 medium celery root, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound turnips and/or potatoes, trimmed and chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1/2 pound fresh or frozen green beans
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep skillet. Brown the beef cubes in two batches, transferring the meat to the slow cooker after it has browned. Add the onion to the pan and let it cook, stirring frequently, until it just starts to soften. Transfer the onion and the pan juices to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, red wine, and all of the vegetables except the green beans to the slow cooker. Stir the tapioca starch into a cup of the water until dissolved, then pour the mixture over the vegetables. Add the rest of the water.
  3. Set the slow cooker on high and cook for 4 hours. Add the green beans and cook for another 1-2 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Note that tapioca starch does not break down when cooked for long periods of time, so unlike arrowroot it works well for slow-simmered dishes.  This makes a big batch and requires a large slow cooker, but you can easily cut the recipe amounts in half if you prefer.

On to the giveaway!  If you live in the Colorado delivery area and you want to enter for a chance to win the $50 voucher, just follow the directions below.  $50 is enough for a small produce box and some fun add-ons from the grocery store, or it will pay for a medium box for a larger family.  Want to enter?  Here’s how:

Giveaway has ended!  Congratulations to Megan, who won the Door to Door Organics voucher, and thanks to all who entered.

-To enter, visit Door to Door Organics and then leave a comment below about your favorite winter produce.

-For a second entry, “Like” Door to Door Organics on Facebook, and then leave a second comment below that notes that you did this and that includes your Facebook name.

-For a third entry, Follow Door to Door Organics on Twitter, and then leave a third comment below that you did this and that includes your Twitter handle.

-Giveaway is open to Colorado residents in the Door to Door Organics delivery area, only.

-Giveaway ends at 5 p.m. M.S.T. on Thursday, February 5th.

-When the giveaway entry period has ended I will select a winner using Random.org and will contact the winner via the email associated with their winning comment.  If I do not receive a response, or if the person selected does not meet the geographic conditions of the giveaway, I will select a new winner using the same method.

That’s it!  I would add that Door to Door Organics is currently doing a photo sharing promotion that can net you another $5 off of your order–see details here.

Thanks for reading!

-Angela

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24 Responses to Review of Door to Door Organics (and a giveaway!)

  1. Karen Harris January 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    I can’t say enough nice about Door to Door Organics. Love the quality of their produce. I haven’t ever tried any of their other products but I’m sure it is top quality. Your stew looks delicious. Just perfect for the snowy weather that’s coming our way.

    • Angela January 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      Thanks, Karen! I am also really impressed and will definitely keep using the service. It’s pretty fun to open each new box, too.

  2. Holly January 20, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    I’m on the look out for great slow cooker recipes and will pin yours to try soon. Thanks for the chance to try out Door to Door Organics. I’d love to have some winter vegetables to make a healthy lunchtime soup.

    • Angela January 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      Thanks, Holly!

  3. Holly January 20, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    I followed on Facebook, thanks!

  4. Holly January 20, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    Following on Twitter, thanks!

  5. Jennifer Knievel January 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    Door to Door Organics is the best. We tried a bunch of CSAs and it was always so much of a pain in the neck going to get it at a certain time, not having any say over what’s in there (who can eat 3 heads of lettuce in one week?), and having to figure out someone else to go get it when we were out of town. Door to Door is the perfect answer to what we didn’t like about CSAs – we can pick the produce we’re going to get and substitute anything we don’t want. You can also give them a list of “never send” items or “send when available” items so they know what you really like or hate. The delivery couldn’t be more convenient, and the only time the weather was a factor was when our delivery came while it was 17 degrees below zero, and because we weren’t home, the vegetables were out there for several hours. Even then, only the one thing on the bottom was frozen. I love the option of picking locally sourced foods, but I also love being able to pick the foods I really want even if they aren’t available on the farm next door. My favorite winter produce is the various squashes – this year I met the amazing Delicata Squash. I had never heard of it before, but now it’s my favorite, thanks to Door to Door!

    • Angela January 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

      I love Delicata! I like that you can also eat the skin, unlike other winter squash. Thanks, Jennifer!

  6. Cindy January 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    That recipe looks so yummy. Comforting, wintery goodness!

    • Angela January 20, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

      Thanks, Cindy!

  7. Nancy January 20, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    I share your distaste for green peppers! The service looks great, too bad they’re not in Texas.

    • Angela January 21, 2015 at 10:40 am #

      Nancy, they are really the only vegetable I don’t enjoy–glad to hear it isn’t just me.

  8. Jaime Heitmann January 24, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    Hi Angela! This stew looks so good it’s making me want some. I have never tried door to door organics but I have always wanted to and now I will use your promo code! Thanks! I love all produce. I love celery root as well. Beets. Parsnips. Not sure there’s a veggie I don’t like? Happy Weekend

    • Angela January 24, 2015 at 10:18 am #

      Jaime, I am finding it pretty exciting to get the boxes–I am a geek like that 🙂

  9. Megan Carpenter January 26, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    I haven’t tried Door to Door Organics, but have wanted to for a while! I feel you on the bell peppers (I’m not a huge fan of them in general), but I do love cauliflower and brussels sprouts in the winter!

    • Angela January 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

      Cauliflower is my favorite!

  10. Megan Carpenter January 26, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    I think I’m following instructions correctly 🙂 but I liked Door to Door on FB. My Facebook name is https://www.facebook.com/megan.felker (Megan Felker Carpenter). Thanks!

    • Angela January 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

      Megan, that’s perfect, thanks!

  11. Christina M. January 31, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    Root veggies and greens are soooo good, and I definitely crave beets and leafy greens in the winter. I liked door to door on fb, and folllowed on twitter also! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Christina M. January 31, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    Oh, and my twitterhandle is @DeerheartMoore… <3

  13. Kim February 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    I love their service. Good selection delivered right to your door.

  14. Anna Powell January 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Looks simple and easy ingredients. Found this from a GF slow cooker post. thanks,Anna

    • Angela January 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

      Thanks, Anna!

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