We have been around for 22 years as Washington's Green Grocer and give exceptional service. We've been doing this since 1994, and we still love every minute of it! We like to think we've learned a thing or two about great food and excellent service over the years, and have helped to usher in this new wave of care for where our food comes from and how it is treated. We're committed to being the best farm to door delivery service, learning and incorporating new ways of helping you provide healthy, delicious and wholesome food for your family.
We source locally grown food and support sustainable agriculture. During our local growing season, roughly June through November, we buy our produce locally. As a general rule, if an item is on our weekly list, and is available locally, we're buying it locally. To keep food miles down, we work with over 40 different growers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey to bring you fresh, locally grown produce.
Our super flexibility is designed to work for you. No contracts, delivery fees or membership fees mean you can use us when you need us and put us on hold when you don't. We don't believe you should pay a membership fee to be able to use our service or sign any agreement contract. We aren't a club that you have to buy into. You eat? You're in! We think you'll love us and be one of our many loyal customers, but if we aren't for you, we understand. Try us once, get deliveries every week, just when you tell us, and cancel at any time. You also don't need to feel shy about re-joining...we know that there are times when it works and times when it doesn't.
We keep our packaging to a minimum. Our boxes are made from 100% recycled cardboard, and we are happy to pick up the boxes on your next delivery day and re-use them as long as they are in good condition. Once they have seen the end of their usability, we recycle them. We also bag only those items that need to be bagged..beans, grapes etc...and we're happy to recycle those bags as well.
We use less energy. By delivering on set days, we keep our delivery routes tight (our vans make multiple deliveries in every neighborhood) we are able to cut down on the energy used to get your food to your kitchen. Each of our 15 vans delivers to roughly 40 homes per day, saving 400 trips to the grocery store every day. This also saves your energy...and who can't use a bit more of that!
Our inventory is on-demand, delivered fresh to us each morning, which means no giant coolers or cooled display cases running 24 hours a day. Also, our warehouse is small compared to a grocery store, and we operate only during the morning hours (the rest of the time we're out making deliveries), so the energy footprint for our facility is far less.
We don't waste food....or anything else. We have all of our food brought in for specific deliveries, yours, so we don't carry inventory just to keep shelves stocked and looking full...this cuts down dramatically on waste. What leftover food we do have is taken home by our employees, and if it is real waste, composted in our garden. Nothing is more wasteful than spending time and fuel to bring food to its destination, only for it to end up in a landfill!
We don't waste trees, like our store counterparts, who send out flyers every week. The average grocery store sends out over 30,000 8 to 12-page grocery flyers to households in their service area every week...many if not most of which are not used, though hopefully they are recycled..to make more flyers!
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