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.
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:
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!