I’m not the biggest fan of grocery shopping. I go so often now (the realities of food blogging for a living) that I have the entire store memorized, so I can get in and out quickly, but it’s still time that I wish I had back to do something more fun. I’ve always wondered about online grocery delivery services, but had just assumed they would be too expensive and not offer the variety that I need. Enter Door to Door Organics, the new love of my life.
The basis of Door to Door Organics (DTDO) is a weekly or bi-weekly delivery of organic produce. You choose your delivery day, then choose from a variety of box sizes, and whether you want to receive all fruit, all vegetables, or a mixture of each. I chose the mixed Itty Bitty box, since it’s just my husband and I. The service reminded me very much of when I used to belong to a farm CSA. My CSA sadly when out of business, so I’ve been looking for a great source of organic produce ever since. DTDO turned out to be even better than a CSA!
While each week’s produce box is a surprise, DTDO offers you a chance to preview your box online a few days prior to your delivery day. You log into your account and see a produce “menu” for the week, and you can then substitute up to five items in your box with other items. All produce is USDA Certified Organic, and sourced locally whenever possible.
This plan worked out perfectly for me. While I love almost every single fruit and vegetable, kiwi is not my friend. One week, I spied that kiwi was scheduled for my box, so I was able to go online and swap the kiwis out for extra blood oranges (yeah, wayyyyy better).
DTDO also has a feature that allows you to customize your produce preferences, telling them which produce you think is awesome (beets, lemons, blood oranges, lemons, lemons), and which you never want to see in your box (I probably should have done that for the kiwi). I also appreciated being able to swap up to five items because some weeks, I just didn’t need any more apples (I had some from last week still), but gee, I could really use a few bulbs of garlic. Done and done.
It gets even better. DTDO is also a grocery store, full of organic, natural and local foods. They offer nearly everything you could ever need to stock your fridge and pantry, including staples like humanely raised meat, sustainably fished seafood, dairy, free-range eggs, grains, condiments, snacks, artisanal baked goods, oils and vinegar, beverages and coffee, and way more. I’ve found that the prices are comparable to, if not better than, my local family-owned grocery store.
You choose these items and add them to your weekly shipment at the same time you are reviewing/editing your produce order. I found this super convenient. One week, I noticed that both avocados and mangos were going to be in my produce box. I was able to browse the DTDO catalog and add black beans and locally-made corn tortillas to my shipment. And just like that, I was all set with all of the ingredients I needed to make my go-to lunch: black bean tacos with mango and avocado.
Delivery is always free with DTDO, and brought right to your doorstep by a friendly delivery person. They try to keep packaging to a minimum, but you are encouraged to keep the box and packaging and set it out for the delivery person the following week, so they can re-use it. Seems smart to me.
The Door to Door Organics website offers a ton of helpful services, like a meal planner and a “Shop By Recipe” feature, allowing you to quickly purchase all the ingredients you need for a week of healthy meals.
The produce has been impeccable. The avocados are absolutely perfect, without a single bruise in sight. Same with the mangos. The blood oranges are deeply red and juicy. The herbs and greens are fresh and crisp, and the apples are beautiful.
I’ve discovered so many great products through DTDO that it’s hard to pick favorites, but I’ll try. I’ve loved all of the Michigan-made products, including Zingerman’s Bakehouse Parmesan Pepper Bread (amazing), sausage from Detroit’s Corridor Sausage Co., and the always classic McClure’s pickles. Yes, I even ordered Garden Fresh Naturals Hummus. I live one mile from the Garden Fresh factory, yet DTDO had a flavor of hummus that I couldn’t find in any of my local stores! It will surprise no one, but one week I went crazy and raided the virtual aisles for lemon products. I found something called Lori’s Lemon Tea from Honest Tea, and it’s just as perfect for me as it sounds.
Are you revving up your virtual shopping cart yet? Check out this great, fresh lamb chop recipe I made using Door to Door Organics produce and products, and enter to win a BIG GIVEAWAY! Until then, follow Door to Door Organics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! You can also find great recipes on their site.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Door to Door Organics. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.