New Veg

Dec. 18th, 2016 11:00 am
okrablossom: (apples)
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I found out about a local meal-delivery service that sources from local farmers. Even, ahem, now, during the winter. I was excited about their setup for a couple of reasons:

  1. Local veg.

  2. They told us to put out a cooler with cold packs for them to leave the food in. Reuse instead of recycling or waste!



We tried it last week, with the rutabaga pie. I liked the packaging:





which was reusable/recyclable butcher paper and twine. Inside that package were three bags and a recyclable container:





That's a bag of shredded celeriac and onions; a bag of chopped rutabaga, potatoes, carrots, broccoli; a bag of of dough. The container had the pot pie gravy.

I have no idea if this was intentional but I realized: by cutting up the veg for me, that means they can use ugly vegetables. Which I think is awesome and reduces waste. Plus, that's actually a lot less work for me. So that was a real, unexpected plus.

So we sauteed the veg and mixed in the gravy and rolled out the dough [perhaps a tad too thin but whatever] and baked it up:





And then there was pot pie. It was pretty tasty. There's no way I think this was two servings, like they said, but I was really happy to find they included nutritional information with the serving numbers.

So, while their website is awful and their name rather silly, we're going to try them again this week. Veg bi bim bap. We'll see how that goes.

Date: 2016-12-18 06:32 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
That is AMAZING!

Date: 2016-12-19 03:17 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I think mostly the combination of doorstep delivery with sustainable packing just blew my mind. I have encountered healthy-snack and meal-ingredient delivery services and decided that they were not, for me, superior to buying ingredients and prepping them in bulk to make my own convenience; but I've always had a soft spot for old-fashioned milk bottles and such.

For one thing, this is the kind of re-conceptualizing that takes things like this out of the realm of the ridiculous and into the range of 'possibly sustainable, as an option for special circumstances' (e.g. special occasions, people who can't go out, etc) Most of the modern Western food chain really is *not* sustainable, in the sense of 'physically possible to keep going indefinitely', when the environmental and public health impacts are taken into account...but neither is going 'back to' living 'in harmony' with the land, which was never a general rule across the board. We, as a society, have to draw on all our creativity and cultural capital, ancient and modern, to un-break our food systems. (Although, I quite like some things that *are* ridiculous, such as fancy chocolates.)

For another, it's fun. And reusable wrap is like another package, for freesies!

Date: 2016-12-19 07:43 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
>> I am willing to overlook some things for options that support local farmers as I'd like to still be fed <<

*nods* Yes very much this.

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