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SPUD Is Making Organic Sourcing Local, Fun & Easy

I’ve often wondered why convenience only exists in ways that saves me time but is expensive and super unhealthy.  Think of all the drive through eateries and the greasy food they serve – but it’s so darn easy!  Well I’ve just completed my first SPUD organic delivery experience and have been knocked out by the level of customer service, local community spirit, and how easy and convenient their website is.  SPUD services many communities in North America, (BC Lower Mainland including Whistler, Southern Vancouver Island, Calgary, Greater Seattle, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles). You can click here to view the delivery schedule. For US readers, visit www.SPUD.com and Cnd the URL is www.SPUD.ca 

What is a SPUD experience?  SPUD is a company that is successfully sourcing products, produce, bakery items, household, and meats that are organic, all-natural, and have a local footprint when available.  You can go to their website, create an account and start shopping.  You are told of the day your delivery will arrive and you can place your order right up until the day before delivery by 9:00am.  There is no longer a reason for busy individuals and families to not take advantage of the convenience of having fresh, organic food delivered to your door. 

When I first logged on to the SPUD site to start shopping, a few very helpful features caught my eye.  There is a daily specials section of the site. This is one of the many ways that SPUD helps to offset the higher cost of organic choices. Also, a Fresh Harvest Box that offers a variety of fruits and veggies, tailored to your family’s preferences. This is a great place to start for a novice SPUD shopper and once you receive the box you can make it a standing order, signify how much you want to spend on the box, and choose the option of receiving produce that is local whenever possible or Local only.  For example, this option means that berries will come from California or the States, until local BC berries are ready or if you’ve chosen to only receive local produce (unless of course you live in California), you will not receive blueberries, strawberries, etc. until a local farm has them ready.  This is a very cool option ~ especially for those that are following the 100 mile diet.  Even if you order produce individually without the Harvest Box, you can view where the product is coming from and it’s clearly marked if it’s local (took less than 800 km to arrive to the SPUD warehouse). Also above the price box of each product, you might see either a recipe card icon or the word local.                                       ↓

 You can select either of these buttons and a list of SPUD recipes will pop up to help with meal planning or a pop up box will appear when local is selected with a description of the product, how many kms it travelled to reach SPUD, and why you can be proud to support local business.  That is an incredible feature and again, for people tracking or interested in how far their food is traveling to reach their dinner table, having this information about what we are putting into our bodies is so fascinating.

SPUD has been around since 1998, making a local footprint and trying to give customers organic options. Over 10 years ago, we hadn’t heard from the experts about the danger of pesticides in our food and trying to compliment a local and organic diet.  My hat is off to readers that have already used SPUD or currently use this service. Not only is it convenient and helpful with meal planning, but your are helping keep your family healthy and less contaminated from the pesticides and chemicals that coat our food. We all know there are certain foods that we need to purchase from an organic source because of the amounts of pesticides used to have them produced. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers Guide To Pesticides for more information. 

After placing the first order my first thoughts were “that was really easy” and “why haven’t I done this before?”  If you have children you get such a great feeling when sourcing food and household items that are local and organic.  With busy schedules it’s hard to always get to a local farmer’s market each weekend or to think you can depend on the big name stores to provide you with a full spectrum of organic choices. I am so tired of finding moldy fruit at the bottom of the container and literally shudder at the different texture you can feel on the outside of non-organic fruit. I love feeling like a better mom when my organic selections arrive that I know my kids will enjoy and eat.

If you are a SPUD newbie, I suggest you take advantage of the money saving options SPUD offers. A great option is the friend referral program that saves the person you refer $5 on their first order, $5 on their 2nd order, $5 on their 3rd order and $10 on their 4th order. That pays for the difference in price of the organic upgrade on multiple items.  Also an awesome cost saving option is if one of the people you refer to the site orders over $75, you’ll receive a $25 credit to shop.  That is so fun! So grab a few friends and setup a domino of referrals so that you are all saving money! Also, at checkout, the SPUD system will tell you how many dollars you are away from receiving free delivery. My delivery fee was $5 because my order was $40. If I had ordered $50, delivery would have been free. Once you become a SPUD expert, case lot or purchasing products in bulk will also save you money.

I didn’t know until today that SPUD donates on a daily basis to food outreach groups and is involved in local charities.  So those organic goodies that are brought in daily for freshness do not go to waste at the end of the day. Another example of SPUD helping build community pride and helping those to be healthy that can’t afford the basics in life.  SPUD also highlights food issues and local companies building a sustainable impact through a weekly newsletter.

My experience was obviously pretty amazing.  What can I foresee as not being convenient when you are waiting for home delivery? SPUD has a set route and can give you an estimate on when your order will be delivered. It would be tough to request an am or pm deliver…you need to contact their office to find out where on their delivery route you location falls. I also wonder in the high heat of summer how the quality of the produce will last.  The food is packed in materials to keep it fresh, like ice packs, and freezer bags, etc. I can’t wait to find out though, because I’ve just seen my first item to go into next week’s order ~ Organic cherries, Chelan variety, from my province of BC, that traveled 385 km to reach the SPUD warehouse. Produce is only one category in a large selection within the SPUD ‘get shopping’ directory. Check out all the buttons under the Go Shopping tab and start the fun of learning more about ingredients, food, where and why it was chosen to be on the SPUD roster.  More articles to follow on Mommy Footprint regarding organic alternatives for consumers.  It is great to know more options exist and are available to avoid disappoint with the selection big name stores offer.



Fun Activities To Do With Kids This Summer

This summer with my clan is really flying by.  We are having a blast staying local and just trying to spend as much time in nature, with friends, and staying cool. I’m actually looking forward to some lazy days to try some awesome crafts I’ve seen in an old OWL book. I also came across these great activities from a Canadian Living article with their top 30 summer activities ideas. The following really appealed to me and I’m adding them to my to-do list when things hit a lull at home. To check out all 30 ideas, visit the article: 30 fun things to do with your kids this summer. Here are my favorite picks – activities I want to try and others I’ve done with my kids that have been a success!

Activities To-Do:

♥  With an insect book in hand, discover the creatures living in your garden, and learn about their benefits together. Continue Reading →



First Visit To Local Farmers Market

My quest for local and organic food continues…today marked the kick-off as my clan descended on our local farmers market.  With the weather becoming warmer, you naturally start craving more fruit and raw veggies. All my kids turn into little lawn mowers when corn on the cob comes in season and is added to their dinner plates. 

What a wonderful, simple, relaxed atmosphere at the market.  Vendors are so friendly and helpful with questions – it was a great experience.  We left with some tomato plants and hand-made hair bands for the girls.  Unfortunately, there was only 1 vendor selling produce, because it’s been so cold locally, fruits and veggies will need a few more weeks.  But the discussions with the kids about supporting local farms is wonderful.  I know my kids are learning and embracing this new lifestyle of finding sustainable solutions. I sometimes feel like I have future little Suzuki’s budding and it makes me proud. If you are looking to increase your knowledge about eating locally, the book Eat Here is a highly recommended source: Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket

The fact that the average North American meal travels 2,400 km from farm to plate (as our polar bear friends are discovering), the huge impact of climate change has become significant.  The transportation of food has a significant negative impact globally and to think in my local region…we have over 5,000 farms!  Supporting our local farms is important for reducing our carbon footprint, and the food is tastier, healthier, and contributes to a more successful regional economy.  To find local, sustainable, organic food sources within a small radius of your home, use the postal code finder from the Eat Well Guide and open your options to a great selection of farms, stores, restaurants, online shopping , bakeries, etc.  So even though my farmers market didn’t have the produce I was hoping for, I’m happy to wait until it’s ready on the farms and I can try out some online shopping for organic. That is a very easy alternative and they deliver. 

Need more reasons to shop locally?  Here are 10 more reasons to buy local.



Improving Kids Nutrition via Organic & Local Food

I’m just going to say it, and I’m fully expecting to hear your gasps from my computer chair… I don’t think I’ve ever bought organic food and I know I’ve never looked to see if a food item is produced locally.   There, I’ve said it and I feel SO much better.  

When I decided to ‘green’ up my family, I was already on a mission to educate myself and improve my kids’ nutrition.   My sons are always asking me to cook with them and my response is “mommy isn’t cooking….I’m heating things up!”   I really only make Shepard’s Pie from scratch…. everything else is heated or broiled in/on the stove.   I know changes need to come.

I’ve recently been SO inspired after listening to an amazing speaker, a nutritionist named Jen, who specializes in children’s eating habits and nutrition.  I’ve already started begging her to contribute to this site, as her message needs to be heard.  She touched on key points during her presentation of small things you can do to improve the large nutritional picture for your family.  Topics like what ingredients to look for on the packaging of brown bread, the importance of Vitamin D for kids, the top worst foods we feed our children, and when it’s important to buy organic.   I was glued to the information she was presenting and I only wish I had attended her presentation 4 years ago.  I would have done many things differently in my house….  

To kick start healthier habits for my clan, I’m excited to learn that my local Farmers Market begins in early May.  Canadians can check out their Farmers Markets via this site and Americans, click here. I am so excited to start weekly planning of fresh, local, organic, food and will be prioritizing this activity to the top of our busy list.  Weekends are pretty jammed packed with activities, birthday parties, church, but I think the kids will enjoy selecting and learning about where their food comes from.  They are already big fans of farms, so it won’t be hard to start the dialogue of why it is so important to support local farmers and reduce the carbon footprint that importing all our food increases. Local food doesn’t have to travel far, so this reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials

These are the foods that Jen recommended are bought organically.  While I’m at my Farmers Market, I’ll have this list and be on the lookout for some of these local, organic products.  Thanks for this Jen!

Bell peppers



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