Door to Door Organics Review
Why Eat Locally-Grown Foods?
Living a sustainable lifestyle also means purchasing food that is grown locally in your area. Buying locally reduces the energy used to transport, store, and refrigerate the food items while supporting the economic growth of farmers in your region. Another obvious benefit of buying locally is you'll be consuming fresher produce and meat. Many people would much rather eat fruits and vegetables that have traveled 50 miles in a truck versus 5,000 miles. A common misconception about eating locally grown food is that it costs significantly more than regular foods in the grocery store. That is simply not the case. The cost of eating locally grown foods is only slightly higher or, in some cases, comparable with the cost of regular foods.
Door to Door Organics
After doing a lot of research on where to purchase locally grown groceries, I finally found my new favorite grocery provider, Door to Door Organics. Their delivery areas include midwest regions such as Chicago, Colorado, Kansas City, and Michigan (click here to check if you live within their delivery range). When you first get started with Door to Door Organics, you have to choose the type of produce or fruit box you want delivered every week. They offer a few different sizes, with the smallest one (the one I chose) priced at just 19.99. I chose the Bitty Mixed box when I joined, which means I receive a variety of in-season fruits and vegetables every week. If you don't like the fruit and vegetables they've chosen for your weekly box, you can substitute up to five items. They always have a plentiful choice of organic fruits and vegetables to choose from each week. Below is an example of the fruits and vegetables in my (small) Bitty Mixed box that I recently ordered.
Small Bitty Mixed Box (Ex: Order)
- (1) Organic Red Radishes
- (1) Organic Broccoli
- (4) Organic Bananas
- (1) Organic Cucumber
- (1) Organic Red Leaf Lettuce
- (1) Organic Yellow Onion
- (1) Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes
- (3) Organic Bartlett Pears
- (3) Organic Bananas
All of these fresh, organic fruits and vegetables come carefully packed directly to your door. Every week you are offered a different selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. Your choices depend of what is in season. I really like finding out what's offered that particular week and being able to choose my selection.
After you customize your box, you can then choose any other grocery items such as meats, seafood, breads, eggs, pantry items, frozen foods, etc. They offer a good selection groceries in my opinion. I do wish they would have more detailed product descriptions, though. In most cases, it's quite obvious that a package of ground beef is locally grown (see below) based on the picture of the food item. But some pantry items such as salad dressing or cereal have a very small description and you have no way of knowing the ingredients unless you Google the item.
They also provide recipes that relate to the item you're looking at. All their recipes have links directly to the items on their website. You can also use the Auto-Add feature, which automatically saves your favorite items, allowing you to save time preparing your order each week.
I feel Door to Door Organics prices their items very well. Before I used to shop on their website, I bought my groceries exclusively from Jewel Osco. I was shocked to find that the meat at Jewel is very similarly priced to fresh, organic meat on Door to Door Organics' website - and the quality is incomparable. Door to Door Organics' meat is vacuum sealed for optimal freshness and tastes like it's straight from the farm. Here are some examples of their prices:
Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs: $4.99/lb.
Grass-fed Beef Stew Meat: $5.99/lb.
Organic Large Brown Eggs: $4.99/dozen
Organic Whole Wheat Bread (Soy-free): $5.49/22 oz.
Alaskan Wild-Caught Coho Salmon Fillet: $4.99/6 oz.
Details of My Order
To give you a better idea of how far your money goes with Door to Door Organics, you can view my past order.
(1) Organic Red Radishes
(1) Organic Broccoli
(4) Organic Bananas
(1) Organic Cucumber
(1) Organic Red Leaf Lettuce
(1) Organic Yellow Onion
(1) Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes
(3) Organic Bartlett Pears
(3) Organic Bananas
(3) Alaskan Wild-Caught Coho Salmon Fillet, 6 oz - $11.97
(2) ~22 oz Organic Split Chicken Wings - $11.98
(1) Organic Ginger Root - $2.49
(2) Grass-Fed Beef Stew Meat - $11.98
(1) Organic Grass-Fed 85% Lean Ground Beef Patties - $7.69
(1) Organic Whole Wheat Bread - $4.69
(1) Cage Free Omega-3 Large Brown Eggs - $3.99
(1) Organic Cowgirl Ranch Dressing - $4.49
(1) Organic Original Quinoa Burgers - $6.49
(1) Organic Green Onions - $1.49
(1) Organic Red Bell Pepper - $2.99
Total before Tax: $90.24
Delivery & Billing
You must have your order complete by Thursday evening at 11 PM (CST) because they deliver every Friday (in Chicago, I'm not sure about other regions). Their delivery time is always within a relatively small window like from 8 to 9 am, in my case. I really like this because I can go about the rest of my day without having to wonder when the groceries will be delivered. Other grocery delivery companies provide a much larger window of time, like from 5 pm to 8 pm. You score free delivery if your order is at least $75.
Occasionally they forget to deliver an item here or there, but their customer service is always quick to resolve any issue. They provide a credit on my next order or explain they were out of that item. This rarely happens, but I wanted to make note of it. You can also manage your subscription and stop the weekly product/fruit box at any time. Their customer service is very good at handling any questions or resolving issues that may arise (rare). They bill your debit/credit card after your groceries are delivered, so you are never charged for items you didn't receive.
Door to Door Organics also offers a referral program where you earn free groceries by simply inviting your friends. When someone you invited to Door to Door Organics makes their first purchase on the website, you will get a $15 credit on your next grocery bill and your friend will save $15 on their first produce/fruit box. You can easily invite friends using the email feature within the site.
Overall, I really love using Door to Door Organics and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to start eating local, organic foods. It really makes eating healthy convenient and fun. I actually look forward to choosing my groceries every week on their website. If you live outside their delivery region, you can always shop at farmers markets or use these other similar organic grocery delivery sites such as Urban Organic, Spud, Boxed Greens, or Green Polka Dot, depending on your location. You can also contact local farms directly to purchase fresh, organic meats and produce or plant your own garden.
If you want to save $15 on your first Door to Door Organics order, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you a special link for your discount. Otherwise, visit Door to Door Organics to start shopping immediately on the site.
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