During these cold and rainy days filled with hot cocoa and soup, I’m reminded of the fresh feeling of summer and delicious crisp sun-kissed produce. If you are missing that fresh summer feeling as much as I, here is a way to get your fix— Green B.E.A.N. Delivery.
Do you cringe at the thought of warming up your car, throwing on your boots, hat and coat to go to the grocery store? Green B.E.A.N. delivers your organic produce and natural grocery order directly to your door.
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Colleen Towner, Green B.E.A.N. Delivery community outreach coordinator in the Fort Wayne area, said the delivery company is unlike anything in Fort Wayne.
“Local food is an evolving culture in Fort Wayne and it spreads by word of mouth. It’s a grassroots movement. We need to wake up and understand natural food, the farmers and where the ingredients are coming from. Fort Wayne is ready for real food,” she said.
Green B.E.A.N. is there for the entire food distribution process — they get the food directly from local farmers, wash it themselves, pack it in bushels, load it on a truck and haul it right to you. From the farm to your door, Green B.E.A.N. Delivery is there.
Green B.E.A.N. came to Fort Wayne in May after much success in its other service areas, and since then, the company now regularly serves 300 local people.
“Our routes are designed to be efficient and reduce the carbon footprint and emission. Customers know when their delivery comes to their house. It’s very easy to do, just adjust your schedule and pick up time. It just requires you to plan meals and purchases accordingly,” Towner said.
Currently, they deliver to the Fort Wayne area, Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, Columbus and Dayton. But during the winter months, the delivery service partners with a national organic produce company so they can still supply fresh produce to its customers.
The selection alters weekly to accommodate the changes in seasonal produce. Every week the company picks the contents of each bin to provide the best value and taste of the season. Then the weekend before your delivery, you will be able to change the contents of your bin by selecting substitutions from a list of about 40 items. The entire list will also be available a la carte in case you need to add a couple of extra items to your order.
Towner, a vegan-food-blogger, natural-food-lover, wife and mother of four kids and three dogs, understands the time requirements and the increase in prices for organic and local foods. But she also knows that for the health of her family and support for the local economy, buying local and organic food is worth the time and money.
“Spending a little more money on healthy food is less money in the end. With Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, people are saving money by buying health, all at the same time,” she said.
The minimum order available from Green B.E.A.N. is the small produce bin, which (this week) includes:
- 4 Pink Lady Apples
- 1 Bunch of Carrots
- 1 Cauliflower
- 1 Bunch of Kale
- Romaine Lettuce
- 9 to 12 ounces of Portobello Mushrooms
- 2 Yellow Onions
- 4 Hamlin Oranges
- 3 Danjou Pears
- 24 ounces of Russian Banana Fingerling Potatoes
- 4 Satsuma Tangelos
Green B.E.A.N. buys food in large quantities so they are able to sell products at a wholesale price, comparable to a fresh market.
Towner said for anyone who is unsure if they can afford organic food, just look at the bill from your regular grocery store.
“Because I’m not at the grocery store, I’m not throwing stuff in my cart or giving in to what my kids may want. I don't have impulse purchases. With Green B.E.A.N. I’m organized and I plan purchases ahead of time. They are thoughtful and carefully chosen. It’s unconscious purchasing versus carefully chosen products,” she said.
Towner said Green B.E.A.N.’s customer base included people on restricted budgets and there are many who only use their service to purchase food.
“We just want to become a part of the community. We want to change the way our food is grown and distributed and to make sure everyone has enough,” she said.
To make that community impact, this year Green B.E.A.N. partnered with Northeast Indiana Public Radio WBOI and Community Harvest Food Bank to donate more than 8,000 pounds of fresh food. Yes, that’s fresh food, not canned soup or boxed mashed potatoes.
And now they are offering FortWayne.com readers 50 percent off your first online order placed at www.greenbeandelivery.com. Just type in the code fwcom to receive your discount.
So, go ahead, relive summer and give fresh, natural and local food a try with Green B.E.A.N. Delivery.
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