This week I'm going to tell you all about a local business, based in North Plainfield, that's all about getting fresh and local produce straight from the farm to your doorstep. I met Justin Walden after knowing about his produce delivery service, through Facebook,.
A few years ago, Justin started thinking about sharing his love of baking, through a self established business. He created the Olde Souls Farms baking business ans started with cheesecakes which are his specialty. He later broadened his array of sweet products and has now over 30 different items that you can order and get delivered to your home.
Having young children, like me, and having a passion for cooking, just like me, Justin was always concerned about the quality of the products and the produce he used to feed his family. He decided to start growing some of his own produce and, later on, he started working with some local farms, buying produce in bulk and offering the delivery system that he has now.
To give you an idea of what baked goods you can get from Justin, I'll leave you just a few examples of some of the products - maybe you're needing some of these for a get together and this will be a perfect solution to have everything done with no work at all!
Cheesecakes ($6-$40) :
Cakes ($28-$32) :
Pies ($12-$22) :
Besides all this you can also choose from a variety of toppings (chocolate, coconut-lime and apple cider, just to mention a few!) and pick your favorite preserve from a wide range of flavors, from peach butter to blackberry jam and orange/lemon marmalade.
As for the produce delivery service I decided to give it a try and Justin was king enough to offer me a discount. I choose the big basket, since we're a family of 4 who loves fresh produce. You wouldn't believe the amount of produce we go through just in one week! I'm proud to have children that were always acostumed to having fruit and veggies at every meal but I always have to run to the market a couple of times a week to get everyone satisfied!
This was the produce I got:
As soon as I saw the produce I noticed that they were really fresh and I loved my son's comment, specifically about the carrots, it was funny! He asked me: "why are the carrots dirty?" and I told him that they had just come straight from the farm and that was the way to know that things were picked fresh, since there was still some dirt on them. That's another great thing about local produce - being able to teach our kids where the food comes from and teach them early to have healthy eating habits and exposing them to every possible kind of vegetables and fruits out there. There are so many things that you can find locally, as opposed to just going to the supermarket!
I decided to make onion soup as soon as I saw those beautiful big onions and I'll be publishing the recipe next week. It turned out super delicious and cozy, just like a warm bowl of onion soup should make you fell like!
I wasn't sure about the mustard greens but I've got it figured it out now. I'll be trying a pasta dish with sauteed sausage, some pasta, the mustard greens and peppers. With some pepper flakes and fresh garlic it shall be cooked next week and I'll let you know all the details on a future blog post.
The carrots have made their way into some chicken soup and will also be used to cook some carrot and kale soup by the end of the week. Can't get enough of carrots, can we? My kids love chicken rice with carrots and peas and, until they say they've had enough, I'll just keep cooking it!
As for fruit we got some great tasting apples that we've been devouring! "An apple away keeps the doctor away", that's what my kids have learned by now!
I really liked the products that I got. The only issue with us is that, being fruit lovers, that wasn't enough variety to last us all week and I had to supplement it with a trip to the farmers market to get some extra bananas, clementines, berries and pears!
I love to know that we can get local produce, from local farmers and help our community by doing so. We always have the supermarkets at hand but if we can, even just once in a while, help our own community I think that's the way to go.
Justin offers three box sizes, according to the size of your family or the amount you need, each week - small ($22), medium ($28) and large ($35). There is also the option to buy a subscription for the service, which will get you some savings over the month. The payment is made in full at the beginning of the month and you'll get your weekly deliver with a discount price.
For any questions feel free to call Justin, from Olde Soul Farms 551-655-9594 or, if you prefer, you can also send an email to Jnjartist@aol.com
I hope you became interested enough to know a bit more about the service and that you'll keep supporting local businesses. I'm always interested in getting to know our entrepreneurs, so feel free to send me an email with any recommendation that you may have about a business or a person that you would like to see featured on the blog!
The holidays are coming, so think big and shop local!