Abundant Harvest Organics

>> 4.03.2010

If you live in Central or Southern California and don't know of and/or don't use Abundant Harvest, I have to tell you what you're missing! On their website Abundant Harvest describes themselves as "an alliance of small family farmers in Central California dedicated to growing superior organic produce and getting it to you in the simpliest manner possible...". Everything is grown locally and they only deliver locally~ which means that all the produce you receive is as fresh as possible. Deliveries in my area are on saturdays and everything we receive was still in the ground the Thursday prior. Two days old! Can you imagine going to the grocery store and picking up fresh and ripe produce that wasn't harvested 5 weeks prior and shot with any number of chemicals? This is what Abundant Harvest offers.

Their prices are so reasonable as well. For a small box (which provides just the right amount for my husband, myself, and our 3 small boys) the price is $19.80 a week. There is also a large box available which runs $33.80 per week. In today's small box we were given: potatoes, clip top carrots, oak leaf lettuce, asparagus, vidalia onions, grapefruit, naval oranges, and mandarin oranges. Those receiving a large box were also given: artichokes, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, cabbage and tomatoes. I love getting our box Saturday mornings~ it's like a little present waiting for me. The variety has also forced us to try new veggies. For instance, I had never cooked with a beet or a parsnip (I had to google parsnip for a picture of it so I could identify it that week). But I soon found a recipe for roasted beets, sweet potatoes and onions that is out of this world, and I learned that parsnips are amazing to add into mashed potatoes. There's also a little newsletter in each box that gives pointers on how to store and cook specific items from that week. (click here to see if Abundant Harvest delivers to your area)

And that's not all Abundant Harvest offers. Along with the produce there is a long list of "add-ons" that can be added on to your weekly box. The add-ons range from raw milk to grass-fed beef and free range organic chickens to coffee and composts. Here is an example of their weekly add-ons. We have been buying our raw milk from Organic Pastures through Abundant Harvest and are now adding on all of our boneless, skinless chicken breasts and pastured eggs. It's wonderful to be able to support all of these local farms!

This post is part of Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet and Food Renegade
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4 comments:

motherhen68 April 21, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

You know, envy is one of the 7 deadly sins. I am very envious of you all right now! :)

You're very lucky. I spend about 20.00 on produce per week @ the farmer's market, but we don't have the access to the raw milk & coffee. Lucky dogs. Enjoy your weekly deliveries!

Oystergirl April 21, 2010 at 7:38 AM  

Hi Anne, lovely website! look forward to digging in and following you guys! You are SOOO luck to have access to food like this---on long island, its hard because most of our farmland is now vineyard (sound familiar? only we are an island!) we have a small family organic farm with chickens close, and we feel very blessed! take care--visit me at my blog www.amoderatelife.blogspot.com

april@The 21st Century Housewife May 21, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

That's a lovely organic box - beautiful veggies. By the way, parsnips are one of my family's favourites. As well as using them in mashed potatoes, you can also roast parsnips (peel cut in chunks or wedges and drizzle with a bit of olive oil - you can also drizzle with maple syrup too - and roast for about thirty to forty minutes), use them in gratins or they make wonderful soup. There are some recipes on my site (Recipe of the Week section and on the blog) if you get parsnips in your vegetable box again!

Anne May 27, 2010 at 7:14 AM  

April~
Thanks for all the great tips on parsnips! We will definately be searching your recipes for other yummy dishes. =) Thanks for looking around the blog.

Anne & Jen

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