wiawphotobuttonHappy WIAW. And happy last day of the Whole30 for me. Well, sort of. Officially it’s the last day. But actually I’m planning on continuing for a while. As I’m typing right now, my Fibromyalgia pain is flaring up. Maybe it’s the Ahi Tuna I ate? Or one of the spices I used on it. Or it could just be the way I was sitting. But eventually, I’m going to figure it out. Even if I have to do a Whole60 or a Whole90.

And while that might seem hard to do, and I’m sure it will be, I just need to keep reminding myself that there is a ton of food still available to me. Really good food. That both taste good and is healthy.

Last week I mentioned that I ordered my first CSA delivery. I wanted to really see what I thought about it before I did a review. And I’m happy to report that I made another order for Thursday.

The company I used was Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks. It was recommended to me by one of my coworkers and I’m so happy I decided to check them out. Irv & Shelly’s offers year-round home delivery in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas of local and organic produce, meat, dairy and eggs.

What I loved most about it is you don’t have to pay all at once upfront for a weekly or biweekly delivery. You can get a box  automatically delivered every week or two weeks, and they charge your credit card only for that week, when it’s on it’s way. What’s more, and what I did, you can instead pick and choose which week you want a delivery (just need to tell them by 6am the day before) and what you want (there is a $15 minimum).

For example, this coming Thursday I decided to get a small vegetable box and added a bunch of kale, 2 lbs of grass-fed beef and a dozen pastured eggs.

But first, what I received two weeks ago.

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On their website, you enter in your zipcode and they will tell you what day they deliver to that area. Mine happens to be Thursday. And I got a call around 2pm to let me know they were dropping it off. As you can see from the picture, they deliver your order in a plastic cooler, with a Styrofoam box inside. The veggies were wrapped in plastic and they had ice packs inside as well.

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I posted this picture last Wednesday, but here it is again in case you missed it. I ordered the Small Fresh Picks Cleanse Box. Included were: 3 turnips, 4 carrots, 2 bunches of broccoli, 1 cabbage, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bag of spinach, 1 bunch of red chard, 1 avocado, 1 sweet potato, 2 red onions, 1 bunch of parsley, 2 pieces of ginger, 1 bunch of garlic, 1 jar of applesauce (homemade), 3 bananas, and 2 pears.

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If you can see from my receipt, for ALL of that I paid $37.32. That includes the delivery which was a $5.50 flat fee. There are much cheaper boxes however. I picked one of the bigger ones. For tomorrow’s order, I picked their normal (not cleanse) small vegetable box, which is only $18.

The plus side to a CSA delivery is you know that all of the produce is organic and local. Irv and Shelly’s lists every single local farm where the products are from: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana etc. And it forces you to try new vegetables that you might not normally pick for yourself. For example, I probably would have never tried turnips if they hadn’t been in the box.

So what did I make?

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The first thing I immediately made was my broccoli soup. Although this time I made it with just broccoli, salt and water. Jake convinced me that we prefer it plain than with the onions and garlic.

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I used the cabbage, ginger and garlic to make my Curried Cabbage dish that I posted last week.

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Used the turnips and sweet potatoes to make a hash, which I servered with eggs for breakfast.

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Used the parsley and garlic mixed with some ghee as a topping for burgers.

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I sautéed the spinach and red chard with some onions, raisins, walnuts and balsamic vinegar to eat with my baked salmon.

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I turned the kale into kale chips.

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Used the carrots with some coconut flakes, and nuts to make sweetener, dairy and grain free cookies ( I will post the recipe, I promise. Just need to tweak it a little bit. Not good enough yet).

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AND used the avocado to make TGIPaleo’s Avocado Bread (It was…interesting. Was a bit like banana bread in consistency but the avocado made it a little bitter. Didn’t mind it so much with a bit of almond butter).

I froze the bananas to use in smoothies. Jake ate the pears. And I still have the apple sauce waiting for me in the fridge (it has sugar in it so I didn’t eat any). Not bad for $37. And in case you’re wondering, they’ve already posted what’s coming in the Fresh Picks box on Thursday: Root Vegetable Soup Mix, Red Potatoes, Leeks, Red Bell Peppers, Artichokes, Snap Peas, and beets.

And finally, if you live in the Chicago and Milwaukee area and are interested in trying them out for a week:

Enter my name (Rachel Gerson) in the Exclusions Box when you create your account and you’ll receive $10 off an order.

*I haven’t tried this yet so I’m not positive it will work. But you can also try emailing them at answers@freshpicks.com if it doesn’t. Just mention that you heard about them from my blog.

*This is NOT a sponsored post. The company doesn’t even know I’m writing about them. I purchased everything from them with my own money and thought I would share with those who are interested 🙂

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