When it comes to eating kind, meal delivery services fit the bill. Lately, lots of brands have popped up, offering convenience meal delivery sourced sustainably. The result is healthier meals with less waste and farming techniques that are better for the environment. Here are a few of our favorite farm-to-table meal deliveries:
Though news for the industry giant has not been the best as of late (see info on the drop in stock price here), millions of Americans are still taking the Blue Apron delivery service for a spin. Blue Apron alleviates the need for customers to meal prep and shop, sending farm-fresh ingredients straight to the front door. The company partners with fine food purveyors, ranchers, and farmers from around the world to bring its customers the fresh and unique food finds. Recent partners include Country Natural, a cattle cooperative based in Oregon focused on raising cattle humanely, without the use of antibiotics and hormones, and Reeves Farms, a family-run farm in Upstate New York committed to nutritious produce grown with minimal use of pesticides.
Fast one of our favorite meal delivery subscription, we love Sun Basket because of its paleo-friendly offerings and its commitment to USDA organic produce. This company focuses on farm-to-table ingredients that offer customers better nutrition, taste, and safety, while helping small farming operation remain sustainable for future generations. Recent recipes include ingredients from Lakeside Organic Gardens, a farm run by the Peixoto family in California that grows over 45 fruits and vegetables that are 100% organic. For seafood dishes, Sun Basket turns to the folks at Fishpeople Seafood based in Portland, OR. Fishpeople brings transparency to the industry by only fishing sustainable species in American waters, never overfishing or farming its catch.
This Europe-based company is dominating the meal kit industry with a presence in 9 booming markets across Europe, North America and Australia. In the U.S., HelloFresh strives to bring consumers fresh, sustainable, and environmentally-ingredients by partnering with several farms and purveyors across the country. Some of these suppliers include Del Rey Avocado of Fallbrook, CA, Sea to Table out of Brooklyn, NY, and Growers Express from Salinas, CA. When it comes to seafood, the company ensures it all meets basic standards set by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program.
Green Chef is another organic meal delivery service that’s committed to bringing customers food they can trust, with no GMOs and sustainable ingredients. It partners with small farm operations like White Mountain Farm, who grows organic quinoa and potatoes in the fertile San Luis Valley, and Petaluma Poultry, a Sonoma County farm that raises happy, free range chickens. According to Green Chef, paying a premium for organic meals is worth the cost because it’s healthier for both the consumer and for the planet. We also love Green Chef because it allows users to choose from a variety of diet-sensitive meal plans including vegan, paleo, vegetarian, and more.