Tuesday, March 8, 2011

On the Market

Lei Chic Workout.
Pick up dry cleaning.
Wash car.
Grab drinks with friends.

So your "to do" list turned into a "to do later" list.

You can get by without most of your errands. But skipping the grocery store means another week of your famous cheese-and-chips-eaten-over-the-sink for dinner. Looks like the skinny jeans aren't zipping up anytime soon after all.

If only grocery shopping was as easy as getting take-out or delivery pizza.

It's getting close. Several companies will deliver local produce to your door - or pretty close. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) means you'll get everything from lettuce, tomatoes, tangeloes, mangoes and even herbs in season and fresh from the farm. Here's a round-up of the places that make it easy to eat green.

Home/Office Delivery

Just Add Water
Cost: Starting at $22/week for an individual, $32 for family-sizes. Add $7 for home delivery.
Details: Home delivery and pick-up points are limited to East and Windward Oahu. Eggs are also available at $4.50 a half-dozen.

Kula Fields
Cost: Starting at $39/week for enough fruits and vegetables for 3-4 people.
Details: Home delivery is available throughout Maui. On Oahu it's strictly on the East Side. You can add Ba-Le bread, Waialua coffee, or local eggs for an added fee. Kula Fields does do school fundraisers.

Oahu Fresh
Cost: $10 annual fee plus $22.50/week for pick-up, $25/week for home delivery.
Details: Home delivery is limited to Waikiki, Manoa and Makiki. Oahu Fresh has one of the widest ranges of pick-up sites and is willing to add locations if it has 10 subscribers. For an added fee, you can also request Kau Beef, Naked Cow Dairy butters, and Kona coffee.

Pick-Up Only

Ailani Gardens
Cost: $20 for one box of 3-5 lbs. of organic produce. $75 for four weeks.
Details: Ailani Gardens allows you to skip multiple weeks, meaning a four-week subscription can be used anytime throughout the year. There are three pick-up sites, one each in Kailua, Kapolei and Waianae.

Kahumana Farms
Cost: $20/week for organic produce the farms says would retail for twice as much. $10 extra if you don't provide your own box.
Details: Pick up is only at the farm in Waianae, Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mao Farms
Cost: $32/week for enough organic produce for 2-4 people. You must sign up for a minimum of eight weeks.
Details: There are four pick-up sites; two in town, two on the west side.

Otsuji Farms
Cost: At $10 a box, it's the cheapest of all the CSA's. Otsuji's does not do subscriptions, so you need to reserve a box whenever you want one.
Details: Pick-up points are at the farm behind Kaiser High School, or KCC Farmers market.

Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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