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January 06, 2005

What I like about Urban Organic

Each Wednesday at about 7:30 pm, a box of fresh organic produce arrives from Urban Organic. No plastic bags, no fanfare, just a jumbled heap of produce plus one sheet with tips and recipes and reasons to eat more produce and why organic. What I like is that I get whatever they give. I could pick and choose a little, but except for a standing order not to include bananas, I stick with the box of the week, sometimes adding parsley or celery. This week I got spinach with muddy roots. The greens--lettuce, chard, kale, collards, dandelion, depending on the week--are generally sparkling fresh. There may be a squash or sweet potatoes, bosch pears, a few apples, maybe some kiwi fruit, and one or another kind of citrus, but always carrots and potatoes. I don't go shopping--I would have to go pretty far afield for organic produce or pay a premium for lesser quality--and once the box arrives I am committed to cooking it up. That means a better diet all round and less inclination to eat out, whether because I never got round to cooking or shopping or boredom with what's in the fridge. I like the small quantities, the variety, and arbitrariness--the roulette--of it all. I do supplement the box with a few choice items from Chinatown such as watercress and daikon this week. More on daikon momentarily.

Posted by BKG at January 6, 2005 10:12 AM