Since 2003 Boston Organics has been dropping off totes of carefully selected organic products at our home. We have busy lives, reside in the heart of the city and don’t have a car. Services that deliver are important to us and Boston Organics delivers – in every sense of the word.
Here’s what was in our box this week.
How It Works
You sign up on-line, choose the size of your box, weekly or bi-weekly delivery and the mix of fruit and vegetables you prefer. Then you check a list of the items you never want in your box, and items you would like to substitute.
In this part of Boston, they deliver on Tuesdays. We just make sure our empty tote is where the driver expects to find it, and we come home to find a new supply of fresh, organic goodies.
Over the years, Boston Organics has added optional items that customers can include in one or all their orders. Their current bulk “add-on” section offers carrots, oranges, potatoes, and onions.
Beyond produce, you can include Nashoba Brook Bread, Taza Chocolate, Dean’s Beans Coffee, Equal Exchange Coffee & Teas, Organic Farmstead cheeses, Organic eggs, Teddie Peanut Butter and Simple Soynut Butters.
They also hunt down seasonal specials. Right now, they are offering Vermont Maple Syrup and Pickles. In the past two summers we have added fantastic 5 lb. boxes of organic wild blueberries from Maine to a few of our orders.
This week’s flyer promoted Taza Chocolate Gift Boxes for anyone who wanted to do their Valentine Day shopping with the click of a mouse. Other holidays will bring related special offerings.
Working with the Service
If I want to do some shopping on my own, before the tote arrives, I can go online and see what is likely to be in my Boston Organics order.
In the summer, when I shop the farmer’s markets, I switch to all fruit for my delivery order and I redo my lists to receive mostly fruit that is not grown in Massachusetts and therefore will not be at the markets.
If we will be away, we email them and cancel our order for that week. You can do that weeks ahead-- when you schedule your plans.
Obviously, we are very happy with Boston Organics or we would have dropped it long before now. I think I’ve called a small problem to their attention two, or three times in the 4 years we’ve been with the service. Each time I was thanked for letting them know and “make good” items were in my next order.
There have been a few discussions of the service on the Boston Area board at Chowhound.com and most of the folks there are pretty satisfied too. You can search the Boston board to read the details.
Over at Yelp.com they have a four out of five star rating with 26 reviews.