theboxexperiment

Attempting to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Box # 5 March 3, 2011

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Same story as last week: we need to get better at actually eating the veggies and fruit that we have delivered. From last week we still have 3 onions (that are ENORMOUS, btw), 1 pear, some apples, broccoli, and the sweet potatoes. Perhaps we’ll take a break next week and get all caught up with the produce.

In this week’s box:

  • Red Potatoes (2) (CA)
  • Carrots (2) (PA)
  • Yellow Squash (1) (FL)
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit (1) (CA)
  • Mango (1) (SA)
  • Bananas (1) (SA)
  • Red Peppers (2) (MEX)
  • White Mushrooms (1) (PA)
  • Butter Lettuce (1) (CA)
  • What we swapped out: Broccoli (GA), Navel Oranges (CA), Gala Apples (CA)

I opened the box last night and there were 3 of the largest carrots I’ve ever seen: twice the length of my hand and ~2-3 inches in diameter. This comes after last week where we received monster onions. I’m placing a lot of trust that these veggies are coming from farms that grow food naturally…but it’s hard to believe when I look at the size of the carrots and onions. I’ve also talked about wanting to eat more locally grown food. If you look at where all the veggies come from, you’ll notice very few of them are local to the DC/MD/VA area. PA is pretty close so that’s 2 veggies. I acknowledge that growing season is definitely not here yet (but we’ll be soon). But I have a hard time believing there are zero farms in the area that don’t have red potatoes and squash. I understand that as long as I live in DC I can’t buy grapefruit, bananas, mangos, and oranges locally. I don’t mind buying citrus-y fruits (and really love them), but it would be awesome if they were somewhere closer than MEX and SA…perhaps stateside like FL or GA. The experiment will continue until we are firmly in the middle of the growing season, if the box items are still coming from far away places we might switch it up.

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