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Veggie Drop brings organic food to your door

By Alison Larabie Chase on August 19, 2016

Alison Larabie Chase is a freelance writer and editor, an avid cook and baker, a shower singer, a cat wrangler, a world traveller, and an Ottawa native.

Veggie Drop is a new organic grocery delivery service whose stated mission is to save consumers both money and time when purchasing organic fruits, vegetables, and other pantry staples. They offer weekly delivery on Saturdays and Sundays to both the Ottawa and Kingston areas.

Customers must complete a free registration on the website to use the service. An order placed by noon on Thursday will be delivered on the weekend immediately following. Payment is done via Paypal, but you can use a credit card if you don’t have a Paypal account. There’s a $7 delivery fee, or you can pick up your order at Veggie Drop headquarters on Lola Street (near St. Laurent shopping centre) at no additional cost.

All photos by Alison Larabie Chase.

All photos by Alison Larabie Chase.

Veggie Drop’s inventory includes fresh organic fruits and vegetables as well as organic nuts, seeds, grains, beans and legumes, coffees and teas, and cereals, snacks, and sweets. The company offered Apartment 613 a free trial delivery so that we could review the service and products. Here’s what I purchased with the $50 (the average cost of a customer’s order) coupon they sent me:

  • Carrots (2 pound bag)
  • Red bell peppers (1 pound)
  • Grape tomatoes (250 gram box)
  • Broccoli (1 bunch)
  • Shiitake mushrooms (100 grams)
  • Lemons (3)
  • Leeks (2 medium)
  • Zucchini (pound)
  • Raspberries (pint)
  • Avocados (6)
  • Sea salt dark chocolate (80 gram bar)
  • Sea salt pistachios (145 gram bag)

I compared the price of some organic items available from bricks-and-mortar grocery stores with Veggie Drop’s prices and found that Veggie Drop’s were lower in 75 per cent of those comparisons (keeping in mind that flyer prices are sale prices for grocery stores, not regular prices). Examples for three of the items I purchased:

  • Organic sweet peppers $3.99 for two ($1.99 each) at Loblaws; $4.29 for three at Veggie Drop ($1.43 each)
  • Organic broccoli $2.49 per bunch at both Veggie Drop and Metro
  • Organic avocados $2.00 each at Sobeys Urban Fresh; $5.89 for 6 ($0.98 each) at Veggie Drop

My delivery arrived within the promised timeframe of 10am to 2pm on Sunday. I received a text message from the company notifying me that my order was on its way and would be delivered within 15 minutes (which it was).

My items were packed into a reusable bag and arrived in excellent condition. So far we’ve eaten one of the red bell peppers, some raspberries and half a bag of pistachios, which were all delicious and fresh. For two adults who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, $50 provided us with approximately 90 per cent of the produce we would consume in a week, plus some treats.

So is Veggie Drop worth using? I loved the convenience of having produce delivered to my door, and the food is high quality. As noted above, prices were very competitive with grocery stores. The $7 delivery charge will negate some of those savings, but may be worthwhile when you factor in time, gas, and hassle, especially if you live in an outlying area.

I think Veggie Drop is ideal for busy people who want to eat organic food. If you work long hours or don’t live close to stores with a wide selection of organic items, you should definitely give this service a try. The fact that they also sell tea, coffee, cereal, and snack foods means you can get the majority of your weekly grocery shopping done with this service. It would also be a good way for people who join a CSA in the summer to source fresh produce in the colder months.

Veggie Drop offers a 25 per cent discount on your first order with the code vgfb25. Check them out at VeggieDrop.com, or find them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.