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Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD)

Working moms: You know that feeling, when you come home from a long day of work, and everyone’s waiting for you to make dinner, and suddenly you realize you have nothing to cook because you haven’t had a chance to go shopping for the most basic food staples? Yep. Us too.

Enter SPUD, the Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery service. We didn’t use to think we needed a grocery delivery service because somehow there always seemed be time to do grocery shopping. But with kids, and a job, and countless activities and meetings, we got tired of finding ourselves without basic food items on our shelves.

SPUD is different from your basic grocery store because it aims to connect communities with local farmers and food producers. By keeping it local, SPUD makes it easier to boost the local economy, reduce emissions, and get fresher, tastier food. SPUD offers fresh produce as well as a range of meats, dairy, healthy snacks, and grocery staples – all of which are either organic or naturally produced with no chemicals or preservatives. ┬áSPUD delivery is currently available in the Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles areas; as well as Calgary, Victoria, and Vancouver.

How does it work? First you go online and point and click to do your shopping. (Note: Our kids had a great time helping out with this part. “This is the coolest site I’ve ever seen,” enthused our nine-year-old, as he added four different kinds of potato chips to our order.) The selections and prices are similar to what you’d find at a Whole Foods or other health-oriented grocery store. Then you just sit back and wait for it to be delivered.

We placed our first order on a Monday and it arrived at our doorstep on Thursday. Now here’s the really cool part (literally): We ordered several meat and yogurt products and we were concerned about them potentially sitting out all day while we were at work. As it turns out, we had someone at home that day to open up the package, but the heavy-duty refrigerator bags that they packed the food in could have easily contained the food for at least another six hours.

We were delighted with the freshness of the produce and the breads and muffins we ordered. And we were excited to find some new (locally made) foods that we really enjoyed, like the organically sprouted whole wheat pizza crust from Alvarado Street Bakery.

We were also happy to read on our receipt that the average distance our grocery order traveled to reach the SPUD warehouse was 884 miles, compared to an average of 1500 miles that products are transported to a typical grocery store in the U.S. That was all the encouragement we needed: We just placed our second order for more healthy food… this time with fewer bags of chips.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive product for review from Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery, a company that sources local and fresh produce for delivery to your doorstep, as part of a campaign with MomsLA.com. All opinions are my own.

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