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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Green B.E.A.N. Organic Produce Delivery - Review and Discount!

I've seen the Green B.E.A.N. delivery trucks around town for a few years now and every time I see one I think to myself "I really should check them out". I've always wanted to try a CSA, but there were a couple of things holding me back. First, the price. I thought it would be much more expensive than what I pay at the grocery store. The second issue was my affinity (some may call it an obsession) with planning our weekly meals and purchasing our groceries based on that. From what I knew of CSA's, I'd be surprised with a random mix of produce each week. Not ideal for a planner like me. Green B.E.A.N. laid my fears to rest, though, when they invited me to try out their weekly produce delivery service.

Green B.E.A.N. Delivery service areas include:

Indiana - Indianapolis

Missouri - St. Louis

Read on to find out how it all works and get a special discount code to try it yourself!

>What is Green B.E.A.N. Delivery?

Green B.E.A.N. Delivery works with local farmers and artisans to bring organic produce and natural groceries straight to your door! By working with local producers, Green B.E.A.N. is able to provide a healthy alternative to conventional grocery stores while supporting local farmers and businesses.

>How does Green B.E.A.N. Delivery work?

First, you log on to Green B.E.AN.'s website, select your service area and create your account. You then choose your bin size and delivery frequency. Depending on the size of your household, they offer bins for 1-2 people all the way up to a large family of 8 or more. Any of these can be delivered either weekly or bi-weekly. 

Once you've got your standing order all set up, you'll receive an email before each delivery with details of what will be included in your bin. If you don't like what you see, you can log in to your account and swap items out from a list of about 40 seasonal produce options. You can also add a variety of natural groceries - everything from meat and cheese to trail mix and almond butter.

Then you wait patiently (or impatiently) for the big day! In my area, the delivery day was Friday and when I opened the front door on Friday afternoon I had a big green bin of goodness waiting on my front porch! Everything was packed well in an insulated cooler and there was an ice pack to keep it all fresh until I was able to put it away. 

Everything looked fresh and delicious. I was really happy with the quality and with how well they packed the bin to make sure everything was protected on the trip over to my house.

At the end of the week, you just put your empty bin back outside and they will swap it out for another bin filled with a new assortment of fresh, organic goodies!

>What did I receive?

Here is a rundown of what I received in my Small Fruit and Vegetable Bin (for 2-3 people):

I was super impressed with the variety of fruits and vegetables! The cost of this bin is $35, which isn't much higher than what I would pay at the store to purchase organic produce. While it was slightly more than what I would spend at the grocery, it is difficult for me to find organic varieties of some of these items in my area. I end up buying conventional produce when I would prefer to buy organic. That along with the convenience of having it delivered to my door each week definitely makes it worth a little bit extra in my opinion.

>What did I love about it?

What did I love? So many things! I really like that I don't have to question the quality of the produce - I know that I am receiving fresh, organic produce and supporting local farmers. And, as you may have guessed, I really love that I knew ahead of time what was going to be included in my bin. Before I sat down to plan my meals for the week, I reviewed my order summary to see what would be included.

Another great feature is the ability to skip a scheduled delivery or change your delivery frequency. Another thing I assumed about CSA's was that once you signed up you were pretty much stuck on a set schedule. This way, if we were to go on vacation or find that we had a lot of produce left from the previous week ( if that would ever happen in that house), we could skip a week and pick back up the following week.

Green B.E.A.N. also makes it easy to decide what to do with all that fresh produce in their Healthy Times blog. They include recipes and nutrition information that coincide with what is in your current bin, artisan bios and handy tips like how to get that garlic smell off your hands.

>Ready to give Green B.E.A.N. a try for yourself?

Start here by choosing your service area. While setting up your account, you can use code 15WIGml to get a $15 discount on your first order (for new members and reactivations only). Its that easy! If you do sign up, be sure to share photos of your yummy produce delivery on Green Bean's Instagram page - they have a ton of cute pics of families enjoying their organic produce!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but did receive one complimentary produce bin from the company. All opinions are 100% my own and I would never share a product or service with you that I haven't purchased or used myself. 

1 comment:

  1. What a great service if you're lucky enough to live in their delivery area. Awesome produce!!