I originally starting looking into juicing and eating organic late last year, while working at a local chiropractic office. Around the time I was learning all about CSA programs, which stands for ‘Community Supported Agriculture’. They connect local farms and produce suppliers with people living in the community, and the end result is a win-win for everyone. Farmers get local support for their businesses, and you get fresh & local produce at a great price. We have a few fantastic CSA programs in the Fraser Valley, but unfortunately, they are not year round. In addition, you usually have to sign up for at least $20 a week during their open season for the entire season. We eat fresh produce, but since it’s just the two of us, I knew a majority of the weekly package would end up wasted.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I discovered Spud (which actually stands for Sustainable Produce, Urban Delivery) through my sister on Facebook. They operate based on the CSA model, and offer harvest boxes that vary depending on selection, season and what is available locally. I love this! It’s a bit of a surprise what will be included each week (although you can check online if you ever want to know), and new ingredients are helpful in keeping me on my veggie toes! Interested in learning more? Read on for my 5 fave reasons why I’m hooked.
In the past, I haven’t made much effort in eating organic. Sure, I stock up on organic and GMO free goodies when I head south of the border to Trader Joe’s, but I’ve never made the effort to only shop organic when doing my regular grocery shopping. Within the past year or so, I’ve taken steps towards a more natural approach to my health, and am beginning to reconsider the benefits of switching to organic. My naturopath strongly advised it, but I always though it was more hassle than good. Since she’s served me well in giving up prescription medications (and I now swear by Rhodiola), I owed it to her to give it a try. I love how Spud is organic, and makes it very easy for me to shop organic.
They’re Local (As Much As Possible)
Woohoo – look at all those local vendors! This is just a screenshot of their vendors page, but I encourage you to check out the entire list right here. A few of my favourite? Happy Planet Foods (from Richmond), Anita’s Organic (from Chilliwack) and Avalon Dairy (from Burnaby). Plus all the local farmers of course!
They Make Juicing Easy
I’m a huge fan of juicing – but not a huge fan of deciding what to buy to put in my juice. I tend to stick to carrots, apples and oranges because I know for certain that those mixed together will still taste good! On my first Spud order, I selected the Juicing for Kids Box – just because it looked safe to mix all the ingredients together if I wanted too. Don’t judge!
It gave me a selection of items that I probably wouldn’t have purchased on my own, and I’ve already experimented with adding celery and kale into my morning juices. In fact, it is because of this juicing box (in combination with the Organic Fruit for the Week Box), that I attempted by very first mean green juice. I’m happy to report it wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected it to be!
They Have Free Samples
When placing orders on Spud, there’s a section on their website for free samples! When they have samples to offer, you can select up to 5 in one order – and they’ll toss them right in with everything else! Pretty cool, right? This week, I’m getting a new kind of tea to try. Which is great because my husband is currently depleting our tea supply in record leaps.
This is hands down, the best part. I know, some of you may think I’m just lazy for having my fruits and veggies delivered to me from a company that operates out of Vancouver. But here’s my reasoning:
- They deliver to Chilliwack 1x week, so I know I’m getting yummy produce every Wednesday.
- It’s guaranteed organic. If I’m zipping into the store, you can be sure I don’t have time to search for organic & GMO free options.
- It feels kind of like Christmas – and I like that! There’s nothing better than arriving home to find goodies on your doorstep. All of a sudden good-for-you greens are a lot more welcome in your household.
- They package things well. Like really well. My milk came in an insulated bag with an extra freezer pack, and you can tell that my goods were packaged with care. It made my heart happy knowing Spud values great customer service.
- Delivery is free if you order $70+, only $3.50 if you order between $40 – $69.99.
- If you are still judging me, I dare you to try it. Just once. You may never go back.
Bonus – You Get $20 Off Your First Order
The main reason I gave Spud a try a few weeks ago, was due to their $20 in free groceries promotion. It seemed like a no-brainer. Sign up, enter in your referral code (thanks to my sister), put $50 of groceries in your cart and pay $30. Sweet! It’s a good promo on their part because I’m sure most people who give it a try get hooked. There’s no catch, you can order as much or as little as you’d like every week, and you can skip weeks that you don’t need anything at all.
Want to give it a try? Here’s my promo code to get you started on the free grocery deal! Just follow this link and make sure the referral code field says CRVAN-MOLSHB – and you’re on your way!
Disclaimer: I have not been compensated or provided any free products in exchange for this article. I simply love Spud and wanted to share the news about this great product. I will, however, receive $20 towards my next order if any of my readers use the referral code: CRVAN-MOLSHB (thank you!!).