Green B.E.A.N. Delivery
Local & Organic Food Delivery Service
Greater Ft. Wayne
Small Produce Bin: $35
Medium Produce Bin: $42
Large Produce Bin: $49
Fruit Bin: $42
Fruit, Vegetable & Grocery Bin: $28 and up
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Green B.E.A.N. Delivery is a service that promises to connect organic and artisan farmers with local consumers, providing them with fresh produce and groceries. It runs year-round, unlike most CSAs and farmers’ markets, is convenient and promises to make local food cheaper and more easily obtained.
So, when Green B.E.A.N. contacted us asking for a review, we were understandably excited. More support for local, sustainable food is great and we happily support it and others who do too. So we signed up for the small produce bin and waited. There are designated delivery days and times for different areas, ours being Tuesday anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Different types of bins are available, the basic produce bin being a mixture of fruits and vegetables that is available in different sizes. There’s also a “grocery bin” that provides some fruits and vegetables, and then other products you can choose from a list such as meats, bread, jams, etc.
I wanted to say that our green bin of mystery magically appeared on our doorstep one fine Tuesday, but it didn’t quite work out that way. Instead, just as we were getting out of our car after arriving home, the Green B.E.A.N. van appeared and pulled into our driveway. This was actually nice because I was able to get a picture of the van.
Our Small Produce Bin, which goes for $35, contained an interesting mix of items:
- 1 green cabbage, MD Organic
- 1 12 oz bag of cipollini onions, US Organic
- 1 broccoli, US Organic
- 1 2 lb. bag of Yukon Gold potatoes, US Organic
- 1 pomegranate, US Organic
- 3 navel oranges, US Organic
- 4 ambrosia apples, US Organic
- 1 pint of grape tomatoes, US Organic
- 4 satsuma oranges, US Organic
- 1 bunch of cilantro, US Organic
- 1 bibb lettuce, Local & Sustainably Grown
I found it odd that we received oranges which, last I checked, don’t grow in the Midwest. Further inspection revealed that they had little “Florida Organic” stickers on them – if Florida is now considered local then I need to move farther away.
Jokes aside, after looking into it Green B.E.A.N. Delivery does disclose that they are “local when possible” and since they run all year-round, it makes sense that they cannot provide full bins of vegetables in the middle of December. Some things will have to be shipped from somewhere else – but when they are I’d appreciate knowing what farm they’re from. I’d actually like to know this kind of information whether or not the produce is local. They do, at least, signify on the packing slip if the items are organic, sustainably grown, or are conventional. The only local item was a head of lettuce, while everything else was “US Organic.” Unless you were willing to forego certain items you probably won’t ever be 100% local with the service.
The produce itself was very good quality and looked delicious. The oranges were sweet and the apples juicy and delicious. The potatoes were… Well, they were potatoes.
Now, thanks to Green B.E.A.N., we have a fridge full of beautiful vegetables to eat (which is a great way to get yourself to eat more vegetables if you don’t eat enough) and come next Tuesday, we will place the green bin with ice pack back on our porch to be picked up.
Not listed on our packing slip was a small tube of Earthbound Organic Pepper Paste, along with promo material. Definitely not local, and not something I’d ever buy of my own volition, but an interesting inclusion.
If you want to ensure absolutely and completely that you’re getting local produce, it might be better to stick to farmers’ markets or CSA’s, but if you want year-round convenience, local when possible and a wide selection of organic foods and fresh produce delivered to your door, Green B.E.A.N. is definitely an option.
Green B.E.A.N. (Biodynamic, Education, Agriculture, Nutrition) Delivery delivers to Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus Ohio, as well as Greater Louisville in Kentucky and Greater Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne in Indiana.
Interested in giving Green B.E.A.N. delivery a try? Well, now’s your chance – visit their website at GreenBeanDelivery.com and use the promo code OCPabP on your first produce bin and get 50% off (not applicable on grocery items). It expires one week from today, so get your order in soon if you’d like to try it.