The sacrifices Angeleno's makes for farm fresh food
When I interned at Los Angeles magazine last summer, I had the opportunity to get acquainted with a variety of Los Angeles-based online grocery stores that deliver to your front door. At the time, the goal was to make a cohesive list, but since then, LA Weekly has compiled an awesome master list—making foodie matters easier for everyone.
I love purchasing my food in a grocery store—believe it or not, it's probably one of my favorite past times. I can spend hours walking up and down the aisles, pouring over the ingredients in containers of sauce, salsa or soup. I’ve been known to spend just a little too much time lurking near the sample stand at Trader Joe's, trying their latest and greatest. There’s also something special about seeing, smelling, feeling (and tasting!) the produce; I get a warm, almost calming feeling when I tell the deli man how I’d like my meat cut. I like to think of it as a "family and friends to table" opportunity, because when you go to one grocery store repeatedly, you begin to make friends with the staff. All that being said, for busy, time challenged college students, online shopping is often an option that makes more sense.
In the past three months, I have purchased groceries from GoodEggs, Instacart and Summerland. I have been more than satisfied with the service, and the produce that I have purchased from GoodEggs and Summerland really do taste fresher than produce that I could have bought at Ralph's.
Lately, I have become a super-fan of GoodEggs in particular. I like to know what’s in my food and where it is coming from. GoodEggs lets you know and everything on the site is farm fresh and organic. GoodEggs sells unique grocery finds and also bundles of your favorite produce or a ready-to-prepare meal. I find the fruit and vegetable bundles and bulk items to be the most convenient (and the best priced), otherwise I would spend well over my grocery budget. When you're done with your purchase, you pick a day and a time for delivery and you're all set. Though GoodEggs' prices are more expensive than the average, I believe that paying a little extra to support a small business is ultimately worth it. Besides, it's free delivery.
Like any grocery store, GoodEggs isn't perfect, but they most definitely try their best to do so. A recent "snafu" with Los Angeles County has rendered customer's ability to purchase groceries. The worst part? The problem most likely will not be resolved for another four weeks or so—a slight imperfection in GoodEgg's otherwise faultless farm to table system.
|Message from GoodEggs CEO, Rob Spiro, about the "snafu."|
The only problem that I had with my purchase is that, though I picked the delivery day, I was unable to pick a time, so I had the delivery guy show up randomly at my front door when I wasn't home. Luckily he called me, but I still found it extremely inconvenient. With that being said, word to the wise, make sure you plan on being at home all day if you order from Summerland.
I found that groceries from Summerland are more expensive than GoodEggs, but sometimes the sacrifice for farm fresh food is worth it—and hey, free shipping!
Online shopping makes my life easier. I am able to plan meals ahead of time and determine when I would like my next batch of groceries to arrive. Another bonus: It's difficult to order something unhealthy from these sites because of the amount of the healthy options outweigh them.
I recommend buying local. You'll help our nations economy, you'll help the small business world and you'll get healthier! What a concept. Happy eating!