New Organic Food Box Delivery in So Cal

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 15, 2013

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There’s a new organic fruit and veggie box in town, and for those trying to amp up their diets with both, it takes the guesswork out of it for you and makes it easy.

It arrives at your front door weekly, every two weeks, or monthly, as you wish, and is organic, fresher-than-fresh, sparkling and convenient. This is fruit-and-veggie therapy in a box.

Offered by Melissa’s Produce, the national distributors of fine specialty produce, this is a great deal for Southern California residents.

Melissa's Produce Fruit and Veggie Box on Shockingly DeliciousMine was chock full of a variety of greens, both suitable for cooking or eating raw, fruits and other veggies. I could make soup, I could make salad, I could juice it, I could stuff lunchboxes, I could go wherever my food imagination led!

Here’s what I made:

Honeyed Carrots on Shockingly Delicious1. With the bunch of carrots: Fabulous Honeyed Carrots. Even my carrot-hating husband likes this one.

Vegetarian Chard Soup on Shockingly Delcious2. With the bunch of chard: Vegetarian Chard Soup, which seems homely, but is amazingly delicious.

Raw Kale Salad with Avocado and Blood Orange on Shockingly Delicious3. With the bunch of kale, an orange and the avocado: Raw Kale Salad with Avocado and Orange.

Pear Tart (Cake) on Shockingly Delicious4. With the pears: Pear Tart (Cake).

Vegetables in canning jar on Shockingly Delicious5. With the celery (and a carrot): I packaged them cutely for pre-dinner crudite.

Box specs:

Size and price: 7-11 pounds of mixed vegetables and fruit for $25, which includes shipping in Southern California between Santa Barbara and San Diego.

What came in my box:

  • 1 bunch chard
  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 10 pieces of fruit (2 D’Anjou pears, 3 Gala apples, 3 naval oranges, 1 avocado, 1 lemon)
  • All items were large (no skimpy or wispy bunches), fresh, perfect condition, top quality

How to order: Here’s a link to order the box I got.  Here’s a link to order that describes the different ordering patterns (once, weekly, monthly, etc.

To ship outside of So Cal: Add about $58 for shipping, since the box needs to go overnight. Here’s the link to get a box shipped outside SoCal.

New features coming: They’re considering adding larger boxes for larger families, recipes that will come in the boxes, additional fruits and veggies in season (stone fruit in season, squash in season).

For parents and other busy people, it’s all about convenience and making healthy eating easier. And if you are into juicing, it is also wonderful to have your veggies delivered to your front door.

This is akin to a CSA or farm box. If you have never tried something like this, I recommend it highly! It gets you to eat different kinds of veggies, and makes it relatively painless. The chard’s in the fridge, might as well sauté it for dinner!

Soup makings on the front stoop!

Melissa’s Produce sent a sample box for review.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts March 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I love the relationship I’ve had with the different CSA farms I’ve enjoyed over the past several years. If you can’t find a local CSA to have that special relationship with, this looks like a good substitute. Can’t beat veggies showing up on your doorstep! Thanks, Dorothy.


CJ at Food Stories March 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

Thanks for letting us SoCal chicks know about the veg deal 🙂


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