Review: Green B.E.A.N. Delivery (Organic & Naturally Grown Produce & Groceries)

by Beth Montgomery on March 28, 2011 · 1 comment

in Tips & Basics

First, for those of you who haven’t been following my Monday Meal Plans, Green B.E.A.N. Delivery is a produce delivery service in the Midwest, specializing in organic and locally grown produce.

I’ve been trying hard to get our family on a healthier diet, including more fresh fruits and vegetables in our meals.   When Green B.E.A.N. Delivery asked me to work with them, it was perfect timing.   However, I wasn’t sure how frugal the idea of having organic vegetables delivered to your home would be.

You can select a bin size based on your needs – Small, Medium, or Large.   For a family of 5, I selected the Large Bin to be delivered every other week for $49.   In addition to bins, you can also add organic and local groceries to your order from meats to dairy and everything in between.   They even have Weekly Specials, where you can see what’s on sale for the week, adding to to your order.

My kids and I are produce lovers, but I married a man who only eats fruits and vegetables by force.   So, when our first bin arrived, my heart dropped.   It was full to the brim with the most appetizing vegetables I’d ever seen.   The asparagus was huge, the apples were out of this world delicious and perfectly shaped, and even the mushrooms (I hate mushrooms), were delicious.   I knew I was going to love this and scared my husband wouldn’t.

Shockingly enough, after the first week, even my vegetable-hating husband said, “We can’t get asparagus like this at the grocery store.”   And he was right.   Maybe if I drove to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, but it’s far from my home and not convenient when I’m lugging around 3 kids who tire of shopping quickly.

The frugal side of me had to know if we were paying a fortune for home delivery.   So, I did some research and I found that the prices of the produce was comparable or less than the cost at a organic grocer.   I was sold.   And, shockingly enough, that vegetable-hating husband of mind, reminded me to make sure I continued our delivery just this morning!   In fact, since I was trying to buy more fresh product, I was already spending $25 a week of our $50 budget in the produce section.   During the month of March, we alternated grocery shopping and having the produce delivered… and it worked, not effecting our budget at all.   I’m still in shock about this, but it’s true.

Bottom line: We’re continuing our service, because we can’t find produce of this quality at grocery stores within a reasonable distance from our home and the convenience of home delivery is such a something I can’t let go of now.

Benefits:

  • Organic, Locally Grown, and/or Sustainably Grown Product
  • Delivered straight to your door in a refrigerated container, so you don’t have to be home to accept your delivery
  • Customizable, if you’d like to change your bin
  • Additional groceries available and weekly sale specials for good deals
  • High-quality produce
  • Outstanding customer service (that’s important to me!)
  • Easy online auto-payment options

Want to try it out?   Green B.E.A.N. Delivery is available in the following areas:

  • Indianapolis
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Louisville
  • Fort Wayne (Coming Soon!)

And make sure to mention that you were referred by In Good Cents!

Disclosure: Green B.E.A.N. Delivery is kindly providing me with two trial weeks to share my opinions with you.   Regardless, as always, my opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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1 Angela D. March 29, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I have really been wanting to try this service. My husband used to work with one of the owners so I’ve been hearing about it for quite a while. We just don’t buy that much produce at the grocery store though so it seems like a lot to spend on produce that I’m not sure my family will eat. I’d love to get more produce into all of us though! Maybe next time he gets a raise I can convince him to try it.

Thanks for sharing your experience. Glad to hear it was such a good one!

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