I'm new to the 30 Bananas A Day site and really new to this group. I was wondering if anyone here has heard of or used the Full Circle Organic Produce Delivery (http://www.fullcircle.com/#_sf_id=1.1337787677.1237)? If so, what are your opinions?
I had a coupon for them from Groupon or LivingSocial a while back. The quality and selection of produce is pretty nice, but it seems a bit pricey for how little you get. The largest size box you can get in a week (which is supposed to be enough for 4-6 people) ends up being just about enough for one, if you're eating nothing but what's in the box for the week. I was expecting the largest box to be about the size of a banana box or something, but really, it's just about as big as two fairly large shoeboxes set side by side.
My advice is, if you ever see a special deal going on through either of those two sites, try it out and see what you think.
I think setting up a CSA membership thingie (I've been considering doing that) through local farms would be more ideal if you want to save money on some local, organic produce. Also, most of the produce from Full Circle isn't even local if I remember right, if that's much of an issue.
Thanks for your input, I appreciate it. We have looked into local CSAs but our problem is getting quality produce in the winter - around here that seems to be somewhat of a problem, unless you really, really REALLY like kale. :) We're looking for some more diverse fruit, mainly, which necessitates probably going out of state or even the country. But as long as it's organic I think for us that 's the main thing right now.
Yeah, buying stuff in winter can be a bit of an issue.
Full circle seems quite over priced for what they give you.
The $45 box calculates to just over 2900 calories. Granted, it is fresh organic produce, but that box equals about 2900 calories of primarily low calorie, more difficult to digest (than fruit), plant matter, with a few apples just for kicks.
$45 dollars buys you:
155 organic bananas at Trader Joes (or about 16,000 calories).
11 lbs of dates from Trader Joes or shipped from local California farms (or about 12,000 calories)
Diverse fruit in the Northwest? Unless you have an endless food budget to drive out to and pick up organic berries from farms (that are only available part of the year), or if you have the money to spend upwards to $300 each week (for one person) to eat organic mangoes, melons, and other 'exotic' fruit; obtaining diverse fruit in the northwest is very challenging. Also, if you're really wanting to acquire a diverse selection of calories from fruit, since greens won't provide you with a consistent energy source, then I'd suggest you vacate to another place.
Living this lifestyle in the northwest comes down to these simple facts:
For those with a less than a $600 per month personal food budget: Bananas, dates, select organic greens, occasional organic oranges, and occasionally berries and mangoes when sales permit. Some local tree fruit if you're lucky and find it organic at a local farm.
For those with a food budget of between $600 and $1000 per month: Bananas, dates, non-organic mangoes when in season, more oranges, melons when on sale and in season, more variety of organic greens and occasional local tree fruit.
For those with a personal food budget of $1000 to infinity: Bananas, dates, more oranges, more mangoes when in season, more melons, and more money for daily berries and greens. Poor quality, non-organic, internationally shipped exotic fruits (I've seen 1 whole jackfruit cost $70 in Seattle's international district) is also more easily acquirable.
If this variety isn't enough for one, then it's best to move to South America, Thailand or Hawaii. Of course, if you're rich and have an unlimited amount of dollars you can spend, you can get some consistent variety living in the northwest. For what it's worth though, if you have that kind of money to spend on food, you could easily figure out a way to use your riches and relocate to a more tropical environment.
Thanks for your input. I grew up here in the great pacific northwest and do not see myself living in a tropical climate. I like cold rain and slugs too much.
Only $56 for 11lbs of dates?? Are they medjools, or another variety?
Hmmm, I'm not seeing a purchasing order guide on their site. It's unitedsalad.com right?
Thanks! I live a bit out of the way, but I noticed that they distribute near me at retail stores. They probably don't deliver for individuals to a retail store, but I'll remember this place whenever I move to Portland. I plan on it once I'm done with school anyway.