August 23, 2009
The Happy Box
One of the best parts of living in Ohio again is getting our Happy Box every Thursday. The Happy Box comes from Fulton Farms, and it's only $25 per week! (Although we may upgrade to the $30 per week Premium Service so we can have more choices...) I happened to turn on the radio one Saturday while running errands shortly after we moved in and heard a local talk show host raving about this program. I immediately looked it up online when I got home and was sold! Our whole family has been enjoying locally grown organic produce every week! We've saved a lot of money on produce, and I've been able to be creative in the kitchen as I look for ways to make use of all the items in our boxes.
The photo shows what we got in our last box: sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes, plums, oranges, cucumbers, squash, banana peppers, basil, parsley, and lettuce. We've also received mangoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, zucchini, red onions, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, sunflower greens, kale, and probably some other stuff. It's fun to see what we get each week, and we've been eating pretty healthy! I'm so thankful I heard about this program! I love making pasta with the fresh tomatoes and herbs, and the zucchini herb wheat bread I made in the breadmaker a few nights ago was a very nice addition to our meal. Zucchini bars were a hit (Ted made them--you go, honey!), and the kids have discovered that they really do love sweet corn. (The stuff we tried in Nevada shouldn't even be labeled as such.) Charis will often slice up a whole tomato for a snack for herself, and the boys usually snitch some cherry tomatoes as they run in and out of the kitchen. I love it!