Green Food Box

I have written about our Green Food Boxes before.. but here is the general overview again..

We have a community supported program for a once a month green food box, you need to buy a share for ten dollars, you can buy as many as you want..  I always get 2 at a time to make it more worth our time, and I tend to only use it in the winter months.

They then look at what is on sale at wholesale prices and buy lots of it with whatever funds were raised, and then split it be the number of folks that bought in.. It changes every single month but its always a mix of fruit and veggies only.

One of the things I like about the program is that if you miss picking it up, your food goes to the food bank and if you buy two bags and only take one, you can give your other to the food bank, always a nice thing to be able to do.

I am so thankful that I included being able to get this in No Buy Feb, as I had already paid for it in Jan but picked up in Feb, it will make the next two weeks in the kitchen be so much easier.. but I am for sure going to need to crack out my root books, because I had two turnips to use up already and now I have six 🙂

So in each 10 dollar lot, we got..

  • 2 large turnips
  • one pound bag of carrots plus one carrot
  • one pound bag of onions
  • 1 celery bunch
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 2 x large grapefruit
  • 6 kiwi fruit
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 apples
  • 7 bananas

Times 2.. and boy am I glad to see some of those.. four large turnips, hmmm, going to need to find a few new ways to serve them..  Same with the grapefruit, not a favorite here but I will figure out a way to use it for sure.. on the other hand, half our supper tonight was just cucumber salad with a light creamy dressing.. and the rest was a veggie stirfry with a bit of leftover pork patties crumbled and tossed in..

Go Veggie.. Go Veggie!

If you are local to me.. a bit more info on the programs for you

The Green Food Box is a nonprofit, community-based program in Cornwall, North Stormont, Rockland, Bourget, Hawkesbury, Glengarry, Casselman, and North and South Dundas that brings neighbours together to buy a variety of delicious and nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables at wholesale prices.





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9 Responses to Green Food Box

  1. Sheri says:

    Turnip Fritters
    This is just a basic recipe. If you have a fritter or vegetarian burger recipe that you like then just add your grated turnip to that.
    • 1-2 turnips
    • 1 garlic clove, finely sliced (onion)
    • 130 g | 4 1/2 oz feta cheese, crumbled (Gorgonzola melted on top?)
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint or basil
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano
    • zest of 1/2 lemon
    • 2 tbsp all – purpose flour
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • salt
    • pepper

    1. Grate the turnips.
    2. Stir in the diced garlic, cheese, herbs, flour, lemon zest salt, pepper and eggs. Mix well.
    3. Heat the oil in a large, wide frying pan over medium heat. The oil should not cover the fritters, just about half. So it depends on your pan how much oil you will add. Drop about a 1/4 cup of mixture into skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove, drain on kitchen paper and keep warm until you cook the rest of the mixture. I like to make mine a bit bigger and serve like a burger.

    • Great minds think alike, while this is a bit different, I just made and took photos to blog a post on Veggie pancakes, it was a three way blend of turnip, sweet potato and all red potato fried just the way you talked about as little hashpatties.. so good, and hubby really liked them, and went hmmm, on the fact that it was one third turnip 🙂

      • Sheri says:

        This is especially helpful to many of us who are having a hard time keeping up with the high cost of meat. 85% lean hamburger is at $6.49 a pound!

      • Wow really, I thought food prices were always lower down your way (which is to say that I do not know that but see if on the news here that you have lower food costs then use) I know I have seen it be as high as six dollars a pound in the store here but did not know it had gone up even higher

  2. wendy says:

    We have the Good food box program were we are. It is $15 for a large box and we always get 2. This month we have 10 lbs red potatoes, 5 lbs apples, 2 lbs carrots, 2lbs onions, 2lbs beets, 8 oz mushrooms, head of lettuce, cauliflower, 2 tomatoes and 4 oranges. all that times 2. you can also purchase extras for the food bank and forgotten ones are donated also.

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