Those of us in Orlando are generally familiar with the organic options in the Publix Greenwise section and at Whole Foods, though some of us may not know of two other ways to get organic produce in this little city.
I’ve been a customer of Orlando Organics off and on, and on the whole, I’m pretty satisfied with their service. Providing that you live in their vast delivery area, you can get organic produce delivered to your door weekly or every other week, depending on how you have your account set up. Some leafy produce, like spinach, may not come in its own bag, so be aware that you may need to provide your own resealable bags for some goods you may want to have separated in your crisper drawer. The service is good if you don’t mind surprises (you can compose a list of produce you absolutely don’t want), and it saves you the trouble of going to the store for some basic ingredients like carrots, onions, potatoes, etc. You can also order extra produce should you want a bit more, say, apples or oranges once you find out what the delivery will be around Sunday evening or so.
My first account with Orlando Organics enabled me to eat parsnips for the first time. It was awesome.
If you prefer to only get exactly what you want or need, then perhaps Homegrown, from the Florida School of Holistic Living, is more to your tastes. It’s a food co-op that you can join and order food from, but instead of home delivery, you pick up the food on Thursdays from 2-7 pm in the downtown area. This would suit people who live and/or work downtown a bit better, since I don’t see too many people living in Sanford making the trek for the time being. However, if it is convenient for you, this week’s listing features many locally-grown veggies, herbs and fruits, including tasty daikon! An individual membership is $35, and there is a requirement to work with the co-op a minimum of three times a year, which really doesn’t sound like much.
If there are more organic options in terms of products and produce in Orlando, I’d love to hear about them. For now, I’m waiting to resume my Orlando Organics deliveries in the beginning of June–I don’t have time to cook at the moment with my current commute.