Meal delivery is everywhere now. But before there was even a Hello Fresh, there was “hello, here’s a box of fresh produce,” thanks to Farm Fresh RI’s Veggie Box. The food subscription service makes it easy to get produce from local farms, even in seasons when your access to farmers markets is reduced – like, say, every season except summer. (Plus, even in market season, Saturday mornings are for sweatpants.) From January to June, boxes are available biweekly, and weekly from July to December. Each $28 box is filled with seven to nine seasonal items from farms around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. There are also thematic add-ons like dips and sauces, and a local breakfast box. They might not be giving you tiny pre-portioned spices with your food, but you do get recipes and suggestions for how to use the ingredients, plus the added bonus of supporting local growers.
There’s one catch: you actually have to put on pants to get them. Veggie Boxes are available for pickup all over the state, including at Stock Culinary Goods on Hope Street and New Harvest downtown. Or go straight to the source, at Farm Fresh’s hub in Hope Artiste Village.