Irv's Fresh Picks Delivers Bounty to Your Doorstep
By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jan 25, 2008 5:15PM
As every committed localvore knows, the best way to get fresh local produce (aside from a farmer’s market) is to join a CSA. A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a farm that has decided to sell directly to the public. By investing several hundred dollars in the spring, you can receive deliveries of fresh produce throughout the summer and fall. However, some of us aren’t ready to commit several hundred dollars up front to the cause of fresh produce, or we might not be around in the summers. But we still want to help out local farms, and we cringe a little every time we pick up shallots shipped all the way from Uruguay at Whole Foods.
The solution: Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks. For around $20, you can have a box of the freshest local produce available delivered to your door every week. Lately, we’ve been getting local apples, shallots, garlic, squash and some jars of tomato sauce made with local tomatoes. Not only is the produce tasty, but it introduces you to new varieties that you may not have ever had the guts to try. Thanks to Fresh Picks, we’ve tried black radishes, turnips, kohlrabi and sunchokes, all for the first time. Irv and Shelly also send recipes to help get you started. The selection is up to them, but you can request that certain items be excluded from your box. Best of all, if you set up a “standing order,” it is sent automatically every week. Fresh Picks also carries a full line of produce, meat, dairy and prepared foods that you can add to your weekly order.