You can get organic food delivered directly to your door and help to improve the health of the earth at the same time. Whether you’re keto, carnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian, or omnivore, prefer bulk produce or a meal kit delivery service, we have you covered. We have hand-selected these suppliers for you by taking into account the environmental impact of each company, their values, and the quality of food.
The companies we highlight below are committed to using agriculture and food systems as a means of nourishing people and the planet. The farmers sequester carbon from the atmosphere using regenerative agriculture practices and build healthy topsoil, which is essential to our food system. The meal kit delivery services source their organic products from those farmers and use recyclable or compostable packaging.
Today, we have a food waste problem that several companies are working to tackle. $218 billion–or 40 percent of food–is thrown away every year, while 21 percent of fresh water supply is used to produce that wasted food. And 20 billion pounds of fresh produce go unharvested or unsold each year. Imperfect Foods and Oddbox are two examples of companies that are rescuing foods that can’t be sold to supermarkets because they don’t look “shelf perfect.”
Let us know if you give one of these organic food delivery companies a try in the comments below! We’d love to hear about your experience.
Imperfect Foods is “redefining beauty standards in our food systems” by selling produce that would otherwise be discarded. They offer sustainably-sourced produce, pantry items, dairy products, eggs, meat, and seafood. “We know we only have one planet and we must do everything possible to reduce the waste we generate,” their website states.
They have saved 116 million pounds of Imperfect food, donated 4.5 million pounds of food, and are supporting 925 producers around the country. Read more about their mission here.
Imperfect Foods delivers to most of the West South Central region, Midwest, Northeast, and the West Coast. Their prices are up to 30 percent less than national supermarket chains, according to their website. Boxes start at $30 and can be customized for your family. To start the order process, you’ll go through a questionnaire to find the box that meets your dietary preferences.
Unlike some smaller direct-to-consumer produce companies, they are not experiencing any delays or interruptions in their service for current customers, as of the writing of this article. But new orders have been delayed until May. Delivery windows have been expanded to give drivers a bit of extra flexibility given the increase in demand, so make sure to factor that into your purchase.
Local Produce Box Delivery Services:
Farm Fresh to You delivers organic fruits and vegetables to areas of Northern and Southern California.
Oddbox, currently accepting new orders on a first come first serve basis, delivers to select postcodes in the Greater London area.
Farm to People offers farm boxes starting at $25 and is delivering to areas in New York including Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.
Misfits Market delivers organic produce boxes to many states on the East Coast for up to 40 percent less than the supermarket.
Meat & Dairy
Credit: Force of Nature
Force of Nature
The people behind Force of Nature are land stewards, environmentalists, farmers, ranchers, and conservationists fighting to solve our climate crisis through regenerative agriculture. You can hear their rallying cry from Austin, Texas, on their website that reads, “Join us in the Regenerative Revolution and vote for a system that has the power to reverse climate change, create wildlife habitat, build soil, and heal our bodies.”
The folks at Force of Nature value long-term sustainability, and it shows in their supply chain practices from grazing to shipping. And they recognize the benefits. “Through well managed grazing, ruminant animals can improve soil health, stimulate deep rooted grasses, increase biodiversity, propagate seeds, aerate soil, and sequester atmospheric carbon.”
Each pound of Force of Nature beef contributes to an ecosystem responsible for sequestering 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. Currently less than 1% of American farmlands are regenerative practices. Just think about how much we could improve our health of all life on Earth if more were encouraged to do so.
“It’s a real simple recipe: Know your food. Know your farmer.” – John Wood, Founder, US Wellness Meats
US Wellness Meats
US Wellness Meats delivers grass-fed and grass-finished meat, seafood, poultry, and pet food directly to your door. They have a huge selection of heritage meats, healthy snacks, and dairy products produced by passionate farmers.
The company was founded in 2000 after observing the environmental impact of cattle-raising on big commercial farms. US Wellness Meats’ farmers mirror Mother Nature by using the same grazing practices that the bison of North America thrived on for thousands of years. It’s good for animals and good for the planet.
According to their website, they would be certified organic but the state of Missouri dropped a state-run organic certification program and a private certifier took over. They wanted three percent of the gross income to maintain the license, which they declined. Now, 50 percent of the Missouri organic producers have let their certification lapse since the Missouri legislature made that change.
“Our vision is bold; our ambition is to build an alternative meat supply system; real solutions are never simple fixes. Help us put health, taste and transparency first. Help us build a better cleaner world through meat.” – Anya Fernald, Co-Founder & CEO, Belcampo
Belcampo was created by Anya Fernald who was determined to put good food in her body that was also good for the planet. After learning that companies are “allowed (and encouraged via subsidies and legislation) to produce and sell products that don’t put human and animal health first,” she set out to create a “company devoted to making it easy to make the best choice.”
Belcampo has released a Farm Sustainability report that details their environmental practices. They have increased soil carbon sequestration between 7-10 percent over five year periods using intensive grazing management practices. That leads to increased organic matter and improved soil fertility, water holding capacity, and overall soil health. Read the full report to learn more about their water and power conservation, river protection systems, and more.
Belcampo sells a wide range of pasture-raised, grass-fed and grass-finished organic meats, and snacks online. They also have retail locations and restaurants in New York and California.
Meal Kit Delivery Services
Sun Basket is a customizable organic meal kit delivery service with dinners starting at $10.99 per serving. There are many dietary options including paleo, carb-conscious, gluten-free, pescatarian, vegetarian, Mediterranean, and more. You can choose to have it oven-ready, pre-prepped, or classic depending on how much time you want to spend in the kitchen. And, you can add on breakfast, lunch, and snacks to your kit, unlike other meal kit delivery services.
Sun Basket’s executive chef Justine Kelly is a James Beard Award-winning leader in the local food movement that champions wholesome cooking. Over 99 percent of the produce Sun Basket ships is certified organic and the recipes are made based on seasonality. Meats and poultry are antibiotic- and hormone-free. Milk, eggs, and yogurt are organic, and all seafood is wild-caught and never farmed. Their fishermen use low-impact fishing methods, such as line fishing, and all fisheries are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a leading authority in sustainable seafood. And their farmers practice sustainable crop rotation and water efficiency.
They ship to most zip codes in the U.S., excluding Arkansas, Hawaii, and parts of Montana, New Mexico, and North Dakota. The packaging is recyclable and compostable. Get $35 off when you sign up for their email newsletter (new customers only).
Green Chef is a certified organic meal kit delivery service and was the first of its kind to be certified in this category. You can choose from a variety of clean meal plans with options to feed two or four people. Ingredients come pre-measured and prepped so you can follow the step-by-step instructions with photos.
Meals can be delivered every week, or every two- or four weeks, depending on the plan you select. They provide customized orders for different lifestyles including keto, paleo, “balanced living”, plant-powered, and family plan. Meals start at $10.99 per serving.
Like us, you may be concerned about the environmental impact and quality of their packaging. Green Chef uses non-toxic and recyclable materials in packaging. And Green Chef partners with TerraPass to offset the carbon footprint of every box sold, “taking into account all the operations, corporate travel, and shipping required for each box.” Learn more about their packaging and how to reuse or recycle it here.
Let us know what your experience is like with one of these organic food delivery purveyors in the comments below!