Convenient CSA Meal Subscriptions
Want to eat fresh food from your local farm, but worried about figuring out how to use the mystery box of produce that arrives weekly with your typical CSA (community supported agriculture) share (and which you often have to supplement with additional grocery shopping trips)? CSA Meal Subscriptions combine the fresh taste, organic health, and delightful surprise of local food with the convenience of ready-made meals. And on top of that, you’re supporting regional agriculture while minimizing environmentally harmful food miles.
We provide 3 packaging options for your meal subscription:
Convenient CSA Meal Subscriptions
“Master Chef”: Your produce arrives whole and intact, ready for your culinary genius. Suggested recipe options (of varying complexity) are provided.
"Convenience Cook": Your ingredients arrive pre-measured, pre-cut, and with simple step-by-step instructions. It’s like having a personal cooking prep assistant.
"Busy Diner": Your fresh meals arrive pre-cooked and ready to eat in reusable containers. Simply pop them in the oven or microwave, bring them to warm up at work or school, or store them in your fridge for future use.
GETTING STARTED: To sign up online, you simply choose your packaging option, food preferences (i.e. vegetarian, food allergies, etc.), the # of meals you need in a week, the # of people eating each meal, and weekly drop off location of your choice (including your home or work). During delivery by our electric-powered refrigerated truck fleet, containers are also collected for reuse and organic scraps are picked up for composting.
GROUP DISCOUNTS: We provide volume discounts and group payment options for joint deliveries, so you can group together to share the bounty and better value. You can get together with your neighbors or apartment building, your church could pool together to distribute deliveries after worship, your school’s Parent Teacher’s Association could organize after-school pickups (when parents are picking up their kids), or your communal kitchen could subscribe for its members to prepare meals together.
ONLINE RESOURCES: And you can use our online directory/mapping to add and search for current groups and individuals looking to join groups, as well as learn more about the farms and farmers that grew your produce (including scheduling visits for say picking your own fruit or buying direct), nutritional & growing info, etc.
FUTURE CONVENIENCE: As local food becomes the norm, we also plan to provide CSA Meal vending machines (& container/organic scrap collection points) in convenient places you already visit like subway stations. The graphics & information on these vending machines will also further spread awareness and knowledge about local food.
Brought to you by your local organic farmers’ cooperative and the chef of **top-rated area restaurant that sources from these farms**.
Note: this is a concept, and as far as I know, not a pre-existing business. Also, though these ready-made packages can also be provided through supermarkets (as a large pre-existing channel), by delivering more directly to consumers the farmer can receive more of the profits, consumers may benefit from lower prices, and the direct matching of supply and demand minimizes food waste. At scale, this can also result in a lower carbon footprint across the total delivery chain.
Image Attributions: Salad To Go (
http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/14946691/), Prepped Ingredients (
http://www.flickr.com/photos/darren/2592957509/), Whole Produce (