Monday, November 4, 2013

Second Annual Natural Parents Netowk Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway ($50 Credit to Door to Door Organics (ARV: $50)) (12/6, 26 winners, US only ARV: $2,587.26)

Second Annual NPN Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway (12/6, 24 winners, US only ARV $2587.26)

This is a joint review and giveaway of Door to Door Organics food and service from Door to Door Organics, KC, from the Natural Parents Network and WaldenMommy: Life Behind the Red Front Door. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN ONLY TO PEOPLE IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA.

Door to Door Organics began in 1997 as a way to empower people to eat good food. Their goal is to make a positive impact on peoples health, communities and environment. They strive to find local, organic, humanly raised and/or fair trade food and deliver it right to their customers’ doors!

Delivery is free and Door to Door makes sure the routes are as environmentally friendly as possible. Instead of having to drive from store to store to find the most local, in season and eco-friendly foods as possible, they take all the best foods, place them on their website for your choosing and deliver them to you. Gas, time and wear and tear on your car (not to mention nerves!) are saved!

In addition to produce, Door to Door also offers a variety of meats, cheeses, bakery items and pre-packaged foods. I found organic milk (and alternative milks, like rice and soy), breads from my favorite local bakery (Farm to Market), Annie’s items, spices, canned goods and more. Any of these can be added to your order for an additional cost.

Door to Door offers co-ops and fundraising co-ops. At the end of every month, they will donate ten percent to the non-profit the co-op has selected.

For my review, Door to Door Organics of KC gave me a 50 dollar credit towards their store. To begin my review, I had create an account, and select a produce box type and size. Since we are a family of six, I selected the medium box of fruits and vegetables. It is $38.66. That week, they offered:

Parsley (I changed this to potatoes from CO)
1 Butternut squash
1 honeycrisp apple
1 bunch of scarlett turnips
2 romaine hearts (changed to  5 potatoes)
1 pound of purple potatoes
1 pound of carrots
1 pomegranate
2 grapefruits
1 onion (subbed in 2 more honeycrisp apples)
2 golden delicious apples
2 bosc pears
4 bananas (again, subbed in apples)
1 avacado.
I add a pound of local, organic ground beef to my order and a package of chocolate hazelnut spread.

As you can see, the box is very customizable. If our family didn’t like something, like onions, I simply had to
click on the icon and a box of options would pop up. Little symbols beside each food denotes different attributes (USA, organic, GMO-free, Kosher, etc). This makes it simple to pick food by your preferences.

I also really like that they have recipes on their web site. This is a great way to try new produce. For example, I have never cooked with turnips before but I kept them in my box because they featured a  recipe for Mashed Turnips and Potatoes. You can easily bookmark favorite recipes within your own account. Many of the recipes would be easy for a busy parent to prepare!

Our family of six has a weekly grocery budget of about 150 dollars. We shop at Aldi and Trader Joe’s, with occasional trips to Target and Sam’s. We have no food allergies and do not buy everything organic. Even with added cost of the organic foods, I found that our food budget did NOT increase that week! I adjusted my menu planning to include more of the Door to Door produce. While I still had to head to the store to buy a few items, my trip was quicker than it normally is. (If I had really been under a time crunch that week, I could have ordered all my food through Door to Door!)

Our food was delivered first thing in the morning. (Actual delivery times vary.) While I left a cooler by the front door for our food, the ground beef was wrapped tightly to keep it cold and safe until I got home. The rest of the food was in a bag, with our order information on it. All the produce was fresh and perfect. Everything was exactly as I ordered. The Herd dove into the fruits and carrots and said that everything tasted great. (At least I think that’s what they said… their mouths were full!)

It is very convenient to use Door to Door Organics. A subscription or gift certificate to this company would be perfect for new parents or even an elderly relative who may have trouble getting to and managing the grocery store. Parents of children who need to avoid crowds during cold and flu season would also love this service, as healthy and delicious food would be delivered right to their door, avoiding the germ filled grocery stores.

Would I use Door to Door again? Yes, I think I will especially on weeks when my husband is traveling.

Want your own subscription to Door to Door Organics? Head over to their website, make sure they deliver to your area and start shopping!


For your own chance to win an 50 dollar gift certificate from Door to Door Organics, or one of the 26 huge prize packages we're giving away, come back to this post on November 6th when our Rafflecopter widgets will go live for your chance to enter! Or you can visit Natural Parents Network on November 6th to see and enter to win all of our fantastic prize packages at once!

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