Local Box Year in Review

2010 was a good year for subscribers to the Local Box. Collectively, our Local Box orders supported local farmers, encouraged biodiversity in Central Texas, stimulated the local economy, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by helping us forgo car rides to the grocery store. We also got to eat a whole lot of awesome organic food!  What were your favorite parts of eating locally in 2010? The high points of the year for me were

  • 4 straight weeks of blackberries from Naeglin last spring.
  • Gala, granny smith, and fuji apples from local growers. Local box apples were scarce until this year!
  • Eating artichokes from Miguel Farms in March.
  • Discovering squash blossoms on the baby squash we got from Animal Farm in September. They were like hidden treasures!
  • Cooking an all-local Thanksgiving dinner.

I compiled a list of all the Local Box contents from 2010 and discovered that Greenling delivered over 100 different items this year. That includes seven types of tomatoes, six kinds of squash, five types of radishes, four lettuces, three melons, two types of sorrel, and one variety of Texas wild grapes.  The top 10 most frequently delivered items of 2010 were:

  1. Lettuce – 25 weeks
  2. Onions – 23 weeks
  3. Carrots – 18 weeks
  4. Radishes – 18 weeks
  5. Shallots – 18 weeks
  6. Cucumbers – 16 weeks
  7. Apples – 14 weeks
  8. Cilantro – 14 weeks
  9. Beets – 13 weeks
  10. Arugula – 12 weeks

We also got to sample some exotic produce.  Although we got just one shot at these special deliveries, they made Local Box deliveries feel like a special event!

  1. Squash Blossoms
  2. Artichokes
  3. Sunchokes
  4. Texas Wild Grapes
  5. Canary Melon
  6. Speckled Lima Beans
  7. Escarole
  8. Fennel
  9. Key Limes
  10. Spearmint

Finally, here’s an overview of the types of food that we got in our Local Boxes this year. I didn’t realize until just now that herbs make up 10 percent of our deliveries!

Thanks for reading and cooking along with Stephanie, Mason, and me this past year.  If the contents of next week’s Local Box (purple mizuna!) are any indication, we’re all in for a healthy and exciting year of eating in 2011.

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