We picked up our second order from Eugene Local Foods and we couldn’t be more pleased with our box o’ loot. For those unfamiliar with Eugene Local Foods, it is an online source for local fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, etc. The farmers let them know what they have available each week and they put it online for consumers to purchase. It’s kind of like an online grocery store for only local foods - pretty nifty, huh?
We found the prices very good - less than we typically pay in the grocery store and definitely less than what we pay at the Eugene farmer’s market. I would guess that it is comparable to CSA prices. Here is a copy of our order that I copied and pasted from my order confirmation email.
|Savoy Cabbage (1 head)||$0.98||1||$0.98|
|Red Butterhead Lettuce (1 head)||$1.50||1||$1.50|
|Arugula (1 bunch)||$1.20||1||$1.20|
|Yellow Onions (8 medium/large)||$1.20||2||$2.40|
|Garlic (4 heads)||$1.25||4||$5.00|
|Shiitake (1 lb)||$7.85||1||$7.85|
|Cheddar Medium (1/2 lb)||$4.20||1||$4.20|
|Unsalted Butter (1 lb)||$4.80||1||$4.80|
|Sour Cream (1 pint)||$3.60||1||$3.60|
|Smoked Jalapeno Peppers (1/2 oz)||$1.80||1||$1.80|
The ordering process is incredibly simple. You sign up for a weekly email that lets you know that ordering is open (which I typically get on Thursday). You can also just go directly to the website. Place your order online by Monday at 11:30pm and pick it up between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday.
The best part of Eugene Local Foods is that we have a local source of a wide range of vegetables, fruit, meat, and dairy for the winter (it is available throughout the year, but local food is much more difficult to come by in the winter). With the exception of the arugula which was a little wilted (but revived quickly with a little spritz of water), everything was in great shape, and mostly (if not all) organic.
This is an incredible resource for our community that we will be using just about every week. Yay - local stuff!
Read about other local food and food related sources here.