I have done an awful awful thing that will probably get me thrown out of the Bay Area food blogging community forever.
I canceled my weekly organic food box.
I feel guilty just writing those words! For years I have put up a hideous air of smugness because each week I received an organic food box from Planet Organics, and I am therefore a helpful local food community member- all hail Kristen, the holier than Thou foodie!
It was a pleasant break-up, the guy on the phone was reasonable and didn’t sound pissy, only understanding and hurt. This, of course, sparked quite a bit of guilt. And the metaphor of ‘break-up’ continues because this Thursday, just like an old boyfriend, Planet Organics is coming over to pick up its remaining stuff from my apartment: the two delivery boxes I have that are sitting out on my balcony. I can’t even look at them.
So since this is my blog, I guess I’ll try to defend myself. I don’t need to go through the long story, just the final straw…
I had ordered some basil in my organic box for the Watermelon and Tomato salad that I was going to make the Sunday before Memorial Day. When the basil arrived the Thursday before, about half of it was black! “Oh, well”, I thought, “I’m sure the rainy weeks have affected California’s entire basil crop.” That Saturday morning I went off to the Ferry Plaza to gather the rest of the ingredients I needed for Sunday. As I was walking toward the stall that I usually buy my tomatoes from, I passed a stall that was selling lettuce.
Wait! That’s not lettuce!
That is the healthiest, robust, energetically sexy basil I have ever seen in my life!
So what do I do now? I wanted to cheat on my Planet Organics’ basil with the Ferry Plaza’s basil. But I couldn’t. That would be so wasteful and disloyal! I averted my eyes, quickly bought my tomatoes, and started home before temptation got the best of me.
As I picked through the black basil to retrieve the few good leaves for my salad, I started to think about my three-year relationship with Planet Organics. I would say that 15% of the food I received from them was on its last day or had already gone bad. More often than not, instead of eating six apricots, an avocado, and a basket of strawberries for dinner that night, some of the food I got every week would go to waste. That fact started gnawing at me, until yesterday, when I called and canceled my subscription.
I guess I’m slightly redeemed by the fact that I’m trading in one local purveyor for another- but that doesn’t assuage my guilt much. Who knows? Maybe I’ll come crawling back to Planet Organics in the fall, when the peak farmer’s market season is over and all they have to offer is squash and kale. I’ll tell Planet Organics I was a fool to lose them, and beg their forgiveness and return to my weekly delivery, our relationship salvaged.
But I don’t think so…
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