Getting Your Produce Delivered

by Jane Wangersky | March 9th, 2010 | Shopping Secrets

Every week, I leave an empty plastic bin on my front steps, and sometime in the late afternoon it’s replaced with a bin full of fruits and vegetables. (Well, almost full. Slightly fuller in summer.) Like many people these days, I get organic produce delivered to my home. Sometimes, I order other things, too – fair trade coffee, eggs, and even chocolate. You can get almost any grocery item from this company, and some customers reportedly buy all their food this way. I’ve never gone that far, but thanks to the weekly bin, I’ve been able to scale back my major supermarket trips to once every two weeks.

If you’re thinking of signing up with a home delivery service, ask yourself:

1. Am I willing to pay extra for organic produce? That’s what these services specialize in. You do pay for the better taste and perceived health benefits.
2. Will I remember to make the arrangements each week? In other words, review your order and change it if necessary, leave the bin out, arrange for payment.

Then there are a few questions for the delivery service:

1. What’s the minimum order? Or do they just charge for delivery if you order below a certain amount?
2. Can you change your order? You may want to set up a standing order or just get a standard weekly assortment. You may be able to tell the service your preferences (such as absolutely no parsnips ever!) and let them choose for you based on that. There should be a way for you to see your next order online and make changes, up to a deadline.
3. What time will they deliver? This can be pretty broad, like “between 1 PM and 7 PM”. Can you count on using your order for dinner on delivery day?

Thinking about these things will help you decide if home delivery is for you.

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