{Local} Fresh Picks WA: Box-a-Week Produce Program

by Melody on May 28, 2012

I’m so thrilled to share this amazing opportunity with you.  Fresh Picks WA from Rowley and Hawkins Fruit Farms and Produce out of Basin City is now offering a local produce drop-off service in Tri-Cities, Othello, Connell, Moses Lake and Basin City.  I know several of you have been looking for a program like this, including myself!

Here’s how it works:

Head on over to the Fresh Picks WA website.  You have 3 options of boxes to choose from:

      • Fresh Fruit BoxAt least $25 worth of locally-grown fruit, including apples, pears, rhubarb, raspberries, peaches and more
      • Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Box - $25 worth of locally-grown fruit and vegetables, including the fruit listed above and lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers and more
      • Lunch Room Box - Full of locally-grown, fresh fruit designed specifically for your lunch room or break room

Click on the title of the box of your choice and choose from the following:

      • 1 week – $22
      • 1 month - $80 or $20 per week
      • 3 months - $216 or $18 per week

You can then choose a weekly or bi-weekly pick-up, choose your pick-up day and desired location from the drop-off list.  They have several drop-off points in Tri-Cities, all through out the day on Thursdays.

Follow Fresh Picks WA on their Facebook page or their blog to keep updated on what is in the boxes or to see what has been in previous boxes.  They do offer some flexibility with their program.  If you sign up for a 1 or 3-month option, you have the opportunity to change the type of box you want so you’re not stuck for the duration of your sign-up time.

They also have items listed individually on their website that you can purchase and have added to your box.  You don’t even need to order a box to purchase individual items, you can just place an order and they will be delivered to one of the drop-off points.

My review and thoughts on the program

I really wanted to share and recommend this program with you, but didn’t feel right it unless I had first-hand experience.  Fresh Picks WA graciously gave me the chance to review one of the Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Boxes last week so I could share my opinion with all of you.

I picked up my box in West Pasco and it couldn’t have been easier.  The gal who owns the house was super nice and informative, the truck showed up right on time and they loaded the box into my car for me.

I received 9 full-size items: two heads of lettuce, green onions, 2 lbs of asparagus, beet greens, 3 lbs of Fuji apples, 3 lbs of Bosc pears, 1/2 gallon of Cherry Apple Cider and dried cherries.  If I had just purchased one box, this would have been $2.44 per item.  If I had purchased the 3-month option, it would have been just $2 per item.

Think about this per item.  2 lbs of asparagus for $2?  3 lbs of fresh, locally-grown apples or pears for $2?

We have already enjoyed delicious fajitas (please note: the peppers are from Costco), roasted asparagus and ALL of the dried cherries.  My husband can’t stop eating the apples, he says they are so delicious and super crisp.  My kids love the pears and beg for the apple cider.  I’m planning on wilting the beet greens and serving them with a fried egg and Pecorino Romano cheese for breakfast.  Everything is wonderful and so fresh, straight from the ground, dirt and all.

Most of you know we belong to a weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program from a farm out of Hermiston.  We pick up 4 “shares” each week (lettuce, tomatoes, potatotes, onions, kale + more).  After trying Fresh Picks WA, my plan is to purchase 2 fruit boxes per month.  I really believe this will get us through the month and I can just supplement with our local farmer’s markets if need be.  What I have loved about the CSA (and now about the produce boxes) is that I don’t have to go to the store and risk spending even more money.  I don’t even have to get my kids out of the car, the produce is amazing AND we will be supporting a local farm.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them for you.  You can also contact Fresh Picks WA here.  Please also share with us if you have tried this program and your thoughts.

Disclaimer: While I did receive a complimentary box to review, the opinions are all my own.  I truly am planning on purchasing more throughout the summer, if that tells you anything about how much I enjoyed my produce.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Beatriz Brown May 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Is there a program you would recommend for the Portland area?

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Melody May 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I don’t know much about the Portland area for programs like this, but you can find lots of good local information here: http://www.localharvest.org/

Hope that helps!

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Sarah Flohr May 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Thank you for introducing this to me! I will be getting boxes as well :) I’m so excited!!!

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