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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blue Marble Bookstore Presents: Mama on a Budget: Green Bean Delivery

Green Bean Delivery
Blue Marble Bookstore Presents: Mama on a Budget: Green Bean Delivery
Sports Illustrated was kind enough recently to put three impossible women on their front cover (each wearing a bathing suit with barely enough fabric to make one modest suit if combined) as part of their annual reminder that swimsuit season is upon us and the proverbial “you” does not look like Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teagan, or Lily Aldridge (probably don’t even look as good as their grandmothers!).  So, post-Holiday health-food kick is upon us. 

My husband and I have always enjoyed shopping at local farmer’s markets, even naming our daughter Finley after an effeminized version of Findlay Market.  That said, in the dead of polar vortex winter, the number and frequency of markets has decreased, not to mention the quality of food received there.  Still yearning to support the family-farm, local croppers, and keep my dollars as much in my community as possible all while balancing the fact that I flat-out refuse to bundle my children up and take them out in this weather only to find two over-ripened avocados and a measly pear, I turned to Green Bean Delivery.

Green Bean Delivery was started by a husband and wife team from Indiana and they are networked with the best organic produce growers & local artisans in the tri-state area. Green Bean Delivery provides home delivery of organic produce & natural groceries to Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus areas.

So how does this work? From the website: “Green Bean Delivery is a membership-based service. In order to receive deliveries you will need to create an account. There are no sign-up or membership fees for their service. The only requirements for membership are a valid credit or debit card and a Standing Order totaling $35 or more. Your Standing Order consists of the Produce Bin you choose and the frequency of delivery, weekly or biweekly. You will have the opportunity to change and/or add to your order the weekend before you are scheduled for delivery.”

Fort Thomas Deliveries are on Friday and you can place your order as often or as infrequent as you want.  My husband and I have only had two deliveries thus far but both have been timely, accurate, and of high quality. We’ve had the organic eggs, free-range organic chicken, mangos, avocados, and assorted fruits and vegetables.  Any food items that are not sourced locally are sourced with fair trade practices.   Also, you can fill your bin with artisan breads, cheeses, and other items. 

My husband, being a cheap skate, was very opposed to this idea when I first requested we do it a couple years back.  He did a cost analysis and we’ve found that it does cost a bit more, about 15-20% for the total order.  But the quality is significantly better, we save time in not having to go to the store, we buy fewer “impulse” items, and we save gas.  So, all in, the cost is not that much higher.

So, pick back up your forgotten New Years’ Resolutions and eat healthier just in time for swimsuit season.  If you do decide to sign up tell them Mama on a Budget sent you (No, don’t actually tell them that. They have no idea who I am).


  1. We have been using GreenBEAN Delivery for over a year now. It is by far the most convenient way to find local, free-range eggs (also local, non-feed-lot meat if you're a meat eater) and local dairy products. We can't always get to the farmer's markets and we don't like the limitations of CSA membership, so GreenBEAN is perfect for us. Also, in the long run, you will save money simply by not making so many trips to the grocery store. I'd be willing to pay more for high quality, organic, fair trade produce, but in fact you will save by not making impulse buys or getting highly processed item.

  2. Good for you Jess! and thank you for referral :) I LOVE Green Bean Delivery, we have had them for going on three years and what a wonderful company they are. It is really the only place I will buy chicken, or ground beef or steak on the rare occasion I buy it. I love what they stand for as well. It is good to hear you are happy with their service.
    Mary Lou Keller