Life is busy and the ability to have an organic produce delivery in Venice can be the answer to at least one of your problems. I love using White Picket Produce for that reason. Read on to learn more about the box that I had delivered and how I used it!
Try White Picket Produce for Organic Produce Delivery in Venice
One of my biggest struggles is eating enough fruits and vegetables during the week. Now that I am following WW Green Plan and blogging about my recipes on Sassycooking, I have been looking into incorporating more zero point foods into my weekly meal rotations. By having a box of fresh produce delivered to my door, I’m saving valuable time at the grocery store and also getting a few items that I might not have necessarily chosen for myself. So I’m sure you’re asking…
What is White Picket Produce?
It is a company based in Sarasota, FL that believes “Fruits and vegetables are meant to be grown with love, sun and water.” Their mission is to make it easier to eat healthier by delivering fresh, organic produce right to your front door.
How much does it cost?
A standard box of only fruits or vegetables is $36 while a combination box is $38. A box of produce made up of items for exclusively juicing is $40. For larger families, the large box of produce is $57. If you would like your produce delivered to your work for consumption in the office, they offer a small and large box for $34 and $60. There are also a number of other items available as add-ons!
What if I don’t like something in the box?
That’s the best part. When you first join White Picket Produce, you will fill out a survey explaining what you like and don’t like. In addition, if there is something that ends up in your box that you don’t like, you are welcome to customize your box with substitutions. The menu for the week ahead is released in an email on Fridays and from there you can log in to your account to make any changes.
What If I’m not home to get the Organic Produce Delivery?
Delivery is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, depending on where you live. If you will not be home for delivery, simply leave instructions as to where to leave the box. If you leave a cooler by the door with ice packs and a few frozen water bottles, it will be fine until you return home to put it away.
What else can I get delivered?
Besides organic produce, White Picket also has a variety of other items that you can include in your delivery like dairy, grass-fed meat, seafood, baked goods, fresh-pressed juices, organic coffee, and natural groceries. You can also order extras of your favorite fruits and vegetables!
My Experience with White Picket Produce
Summertime is filled with sunshine, outside picnics, and family fun. When I first looked at the menu for this week’s White Picket Produce box, my mind started swirling with the possibilities as soon as I saw fennel.
What is Fennel?
In my opinion, fennel is underrated, under-praised and under-utilized in cooking. Fennel has a cabbage-like texture with a sweet, licorice flavor that tends to take the lead in many recipes, but when given the opportunity to shine, I can almost guarantee it will become one of your favorite summertime vegetables.
As I looked through the list of what would be included in my share this week, I saw the Valencia oranges, the pears, the tomatoes, and the cucumbers. It’s wonderful knowing exactly what’s going to be in my box, make substitutions and know that my box will be delivered right to my door!
What recipes can you use with Fennel?
Cucumber, Tomato and Fennel Summer Salad Recipe
Let’s start with a classic summertime salad combination of cucumber and tomato, paired with fennel. This recipe is probably the simplest one with the most flavor. Slice up the tomatoes into a medium dice, the cucumber into slices, and the fennel into medium strips. Toss them in a bowl and whip up this easy vinegarette.
1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and mix in with the vegetables for a refreshing summer salad!
Fennel and Pear Soup Recipe
Another fantastic recipe takes the cake for a fresh summer soup, perfect for an afternoon lunch. With a bubbly white wine, this dish has the undertones of luxury that lifts the flavors of the fennel to royal status.
1 1/2 bulbs of fresh fennel, sliced.
1 medium onion, sliced
2 medium pears, diced
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter
1/2 cup white wine
2 1/2 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat the olive oil or butter in your dutch oven or a large pot and once the oil is hot, add the fennel and onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and allow it to cook down for about 10 minutes until the onions are translucent and just starting to caramelize.
2. Add in the pears and finish cooking the mixture.
3. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and then add in the water and the bay leaf. Cover the pot and allow it to come up to a boil before reducing the heat and simmering on a low heat mostly covered (just allow some of the steam out) for about 5-10 minutes.
4. Remove the bay leaf before blending the soup with an immersion blender. If you need to use a free standing blender, let the soup cool down before blending to avoid splatter.
Then enjoy! I prefer to serve this soup with a nice piece of crusty bread, or it’s even delicious with some shaved parmesan cheese!
Citrus Fennel Salad Recipe
One of my favorite summertime dinners is grilling a great piece of chicken or fish with either a slice of lemon or orange on top. This citrus-inspired salad pairs perfectly with that!
Slice up your fennel as thinly as you can, then peel and slice your orange. I learned that if you slice the top and bottom portion of your orange and then slice the peel off in horizontal sections, it’s super east to slice up the orange into little wedges perfect for a salad! To make the dressing for this salad, combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil with a tablespoon of either orange or lemon juice with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the top and garnish with a bit of chopped flat-leaf parsley, and you’re ready to serve!
I hope you enjoy some of my favorite fennel recipes. I’d love to hear some of your creations as well!
With any luck, you have found a new favorite summertime vegetable. Happy Healthy Eating!