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 offering their local produce drop-off service in Tri-Cities, Othello, Connell, Moses Lake and Basin City for the second year in a row. We used Fresh Picks WA more times than I can remember last year and were so happy every week.
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 Box – Locally-grown fruit, including apples, pears, rhubarb, raspberries, peaches and more
- Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Box - 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
Both the Fresh Fruit Box and the Mixed Box come in either a large or small variety. The large box is $25 per week and the small box is $18 per week. The small box is new this year and perfect for smaller families!
Click on the title of the box of your choice and choose from the following: 1 week, 1 month or 3 months. The one week option is the most expensive, if you go 1 month or 3 months, you will save a significant amount of money per week.
You can then choose a 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
Fresh Picks WA graciously gave me the chance to review one of the small 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 my 2-year old and I were able to visit the park across the street after our pick-up.
I received 5 full-size items: 2 pounds asparagus, 3 pounds apples, red leaf lettuce, spinach and 1/2 gallon fresh apple cider. Everything we have tried is wonderful! The asparagus was super fresh and we LOVE that the apples are not processed and all grocery-store waxy. My boys are huge fans of the apple cider and we have added a little bit to smoothies in the morning as well.
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). My plan for this year is to pick up at least one fruit or mixed box per week in addition to our CSA. The majority of the food we buy at the grocery store is produce, so this will be a great option.
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. Our family was SO happy with our experience last year that I have no problem recommending them again.
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