Friday, July 9, 2010

GIVEAWAY DAY! Red Lobster & Farm Fresh Delivery

So this whole Giveaway Day is becoming quite the habit! I've got some for a couple weeks to come! Kinda fun!

First - the Red Lobster winners from last week.
I asked my fiance Larry to pick 2 numbers between 1-19 and he chose 9 & 14! So looking through my comments - the lucky winners are:

James & S Dugas

WOOOOHOOO!!!!!

I have each of their emails and will contact them about mailing the $10 gift card to each. Thanks again to Red Lobster for this giveaway - and for those Cheddar Bay Biscuits!

Next up - Farm Fresh Delivery! (The giveaway is at the bottom if you're impatient!)

I recently saw them on Twitter and had to find out more! Farm Fresh is an online home delivery service that provides organic produce and natural groceries to its members in Indianapolis and Cincinnati. They're also working with local farmers and artisans for the product.

You can sign up for different sized bins and delivery frequency. They range in cost from $25-49 and can be delivered every week or every other week. You can find out more specifics in their online store.

The nice thing is that you can even customize the bin to the fruits and veges you like more than others! (The sample bin shows beets and my apologies to Dwight Schrute - I'm not a beet fan!)

I contacted Farm Fresh about doing a blog and they offered me a free sample bin to try out ($35 value) so I said SURE THING! Even though I get "freebies" like this sometimes - I'm always honest with my opinions...

My bin arrived Wednesday and I excitedly unpacked it! Lots of brown bags of goodness - I couldn't wait to dig in and see what there was (obviously - bananas).

Holy cow!!! First of all - click the picture right now to see how great all of these fresh fruits and veggies look!

Let me give you the rundown of my $35 bin: bananas, shitake mushrooms, tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, red potatoes, broccoli, mini sweet peppers, corn on the cob, strawberries, cucumber, blueberries, peaches and a pluot. WTF is a pluot? A cross between an apricot and a plum.

So - is $35 a good deal? I'm actually planning on taking the item list to the store and pricing it out to check and see. I'll circle back next Friday and let you know! Seems good to me - and it's already in my fridge - I'm definitely more apt to cook it now!

That said - I had a hungry fiance to feed - so I dug right in! There was chicken in the fridge and a packet of Simply Asia Beef & Broccoli seasoning. I was dying for the sweet corn - but it ended up being held back for another night...

I started out with the organic broccoli from the bin - sauteed that for a little bit. I love sauteed broccoli so much more than boiled how my Dad used to make it!!! It's still crunchy and so much greener!

Cut up my chicken and browned them together...

I mixed the seasoning packet with water and soy sauce - then poured it in the pan and stirred until it got a little thicker.

Okay- is it as good as something I'd get at Suzie Wong's? Well heck no - but for 15 minutes in my kitchen - it was damn tasty!

And the Farm Fresh Delivery broccoli - delicious!

So here's the Giveaway part - you were still reading right?

Farm Fresh has given me a $35 bin to giveaway to one of my readers!!! It's a one-time bin like I got - which is not the norm for them - you typically have to sign up for the service (you can cancel any time). As I said - they're customizable too - so you can give them an idea of what you like - or just get whatever they have that's fresh and delicious that Wednesday!

Leave a comment here WITH YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION about your favorite fruit or vegetable and you're entered to win! I'll announce the winner next Friday!

Why Should You "Go"? Okay - nowhere to go but the website - but you get the point. I know I could go to Farmers Markets and Findlay Market for the same type of goods and I do - but the option of a delivery service really is a great idea! Plus a lot of people just don't take that extra step to go - so having it at your doorstep when you come home - awesome! I really love the idea and hope to someday be able to sign up for the service (a little broke with the upcoming nuptials).
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