Tuesday, July 7, 2009

getting healthy

good food box!

my good food box arrived today and it was bursting with wonderful freshness! it's a super great program in toronto that delivers fresh produce on wednesdays to certain volunteer run drop off points all over the city! the produce changes from week to week, comes in different sizes and and has organic options as well!

i ordered the small box, non-organic option and i could hardly fit everything into my bike basket today! the contents were:
  • 2 lbs potatoes (white)*
  • 1/2 lbs tomatoes (plum)
  • 1 cucumber (english)*
  • 1/2 lbs bag apples (empire this week one of my favs)*
  • 1 bunch bananas
  • 6 oranges
  • 1 bunch lettuce romaine*
  • 1 bunch broccoli (more like 3)*
  • 2 zucchinis*
  • 1 bunch swiss chard*
  • * = local produce

plus it came with a mini newsletter talking about foodshare, the non-profit that organizes the good food box program, and 2 recipes for the feature of the week: zucchini.

foodshare was originally set up as an organization that helped food banks back in the 80s. now it is an organization that advocates healthy food for people of all income levels through education and a focus on food supply through local communities.

i found out about the good food box thanks to the nutritrionista's mailing list. the nutritrionista is a health food and organic store close to me on dundas street that opened up around the same time when we moved into this neighbourhood. ... and although, i can't eat a lot of the content this time because of a crazy homeopathic diet that i'm on (don't worry i'm doing it under the supervision of a naturopath) the box keeps my fridge stocked which means less take out and heading out to restaurants!

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