Much as I love my life on the bus, errands can sometimes be a hassle. Take grocery shopping. I like to buy produce from local, organic farmers, and back when I had a car, I always did. These days, my success rate isn’t quite as high. Though my favorite co-op is less than a mile and a half from my house, I have to take two buses to get there, and sometimes (a lot of times) I decide it’s not worth the trouble. As a result, for the past few years, I have found myself either a) not eating much produce, or b) trying to find something organic at the nearby, for-profit grocery store.
Yesterday, I signed up for Pioneer Organics, a service that delivers local, organic produce to your door. Though I generally avoid excessive use of delivery services (What’s the point of me not having a car if I pass the driving on to someone else?), I made an exception in this case. Pioneer delivers to each neighborhood on a specific day of the week–much more efficient from a fuel-use perspective than the on-demand method of most grocery delivery services. Also, since most of the produce sold at chain grocery stores is shipped from far away, and since Pioneer only buys its produce from local farmers, I figure that ordering Pioneer’s delivery actually burns fewer total fossil fuels than walking to the Red Apple down the street.
Of course, I’ll still have to head to the co-op every once in a while–that is, unless Pioneer wants to throw a box of laundry detergent on that truck.