The box arrives!
I am a big fan of subscription boxes. When done correctly with a little bit of imagination and care it can be like Christmas every month. Due to monetary restraints, I cannot subscribe to all the boxes I'd like (an entry with all my faves is in the works), however, I do subscribe to a weekly organic fruit & veggie box. At $30 per week I think I get my money's worth just by pulling up the lid and smelling the box when it gets here!
My deliveries arrive every Tuesday. On the Thursday before I receive an email letting me know what the standard box this week is and reminding me that I have until Sunday at midnight to make changes and/or add to my box. If I like what I see, I don't do anything, my credit card gets charged Monday morning and I have something of a 'mystery box' come Tuesday. And it isn't a 'leftovers' box, either. I have had weeks where I just let the mystery box arrive, and the food inside is always high quality. So, let's say it's a normal week and I want to change my box? So easy to do.
I click the link in my email, remove what I don't want and add what I do from a super long list of available items. Once my box status changes to full, I click 'Add to cart' and I'm done. There's also the option to purchase other grocery items, which enables you to do all your weekly shopping with a few easy clicks of the mouse. As a weekly subscriber, you also get an additional 10% off of the grocery items you order.
Other nice things available are the option to list foods you dislike or are allergic to, so that if it is part of a box that you don't change, they will take that into account and substitute something else. For example, I generally have veggies that I grow in my garden as part of my 'dislikes', so when a box has tomatoes, and I don't change it, they may send me sweet peppers instead.
You may also wonder what happens if you go away on vacation or you just don't want a delivery for a week or two. There's a listing of two month's worth of delivery dates under the 'your account' page, and you can quickly cancel as many deliveries as necessary.
Farms & Forks' website is totally user-friendly, and if there is something you're unsure about, help is just a phone call or email away.
They also offer something called "Meal Kits" which comes with a recipe and 90% of the ingredients required to make it. You only have to provide things like olive oil, salt, vinegar, etc. Prices range from $17-$45 per kit, and each one feeds a minimum of 4 people, usually up to 6.
Every box gets the Weekly Dish, a newsletter featuring a note from the Farms & Forks Team, an introduction to one of their producers (It's nice to see who is growing your food) and a recipe. The featured recipe is one of the ones available as a meal kit, and they let you know which items will be included in the kit (with an *), and which you need to supply yourself (underlined).