The word comes across the family wire pretty quickly in the Heights. Whether it's crime, a school fundraiser, or a speed trap on Yale, Heights families seem to know about it moments after it happens. By the time I started to hear non- mommy rumblings of the new Farmhouse Delivery, Heights Kids Group already had a thread about it for a week. This had gotten me thinking about whether this was a good option for my family, especially because I am typically skeptical about all things Austin based. "What do they want with Houston? Will they respect our own local food folks? Will this effect our local businesses?" I wondered. As I contemplated these questions, I was lucky enough to actually get connected with Farmhouse's co-founder, Elizabeth Winslow.
Wanting to know, I asked Elizabeth how the expansion to Houston came about. The official, press-release oriented line is this:
This was an ok answer, sure. I mean, Houston is indeed a fertile market for anything food related. We do love our whole farm-to-table thing and this sounds great for a press release, but it wasn't enough. I knew there was bound to be just a little but more. She had to know something else besides the fact that we have a local foods movement. And it came out: there are selfish reasons Elizabeth and her partner, Stephanie Scherzer, decided to expand here. "W
I dug deeper and the colors just kept on coming. I found red, yellow, white, and orange. Rhubarb! I haven't seen real, fresh rhubarb in ages. Where I grew up in western Massachusetts, it grew like weeds behind the apartment house I lived in. Kids used to pick it, dip it's bitter ends in sugar and suck on it. It was nothing unusual to see a bunch of kids sitting on the curb on a summer day, sucking the ends of rhubarb. Turnips, a favorite of my mother. A giant yam. Oranges and limes.
So, I loved the produce I recieved. The eggs were an awesome bonus. In the bottom of the crate was paper shred (eco conscious) and a reused frozen water bottle to keep the contents fresh for a couple hours. It didn't need a couple hours in my case, though. I put it all in the sink and got it washed up. I had a couple hours before the kids were home and decided I would make short order of that yam. I am not a yam eater but they're easy to cook and the kids love them.
Basically, I scrubbed it clean, sliced it in to big chunks, covered it with olive oil, salt & pepper, and put it in the oven set to 400. It took about 35 minutes to soften enough to stick a fork through, which means a yam is done. The smell through the house made it hard for me to believe I wasn't going to be eating it. Even if I did like yams, this one was going in my younger son's lunch the next day. I put the cooked chunks in the fridge and the next morning delivered them to school with him.
Aren't sure you'll know how to cook each bushel's produce? With every delivery, you'll get an email with at least one recipe for the crate's contents.
I was pretty sold on the ease of delivery and impressed with the quality of the food. I was still left wondering, though, why the Heights? What about our own local folks and was our neighborhood being targeted for the right reasons?
Elizabeth had no problem answering those questions for me. "
You can find out a lot more about Farmhouse Delivery on their website or their Facebook page, but here is the nuts and bolts:
There are 2 membership options:
Weekly- $37, with a one time $20 set up fee
Bi-weekly- $39 with a one time $20 set up fee
If you're a residence, you'll get your crate on Saturdays. If you're a business, you'll get your deliveries on Wednesday.
If you're a Heights Life reader, you can also get $10 off your 1st delivery with promo code
Currently, Farmhouse is sourcing from their favorite Houston based companies [
Sand Creek Farm-- Cameron, TX
Fruitfull Hill-- Smithville, TX
Comanche Oaks-- La Grange, TX
Gunderman Acres-- Wharton County, TX
Hatfield Farms-- Navasota, TX
Home Sweet Farm-- Brenham, TX
A sink full, plus more