Published on December 2nd, 2008 | by Zachary Shahan


Eating Local with Vegetable Husband

photo by Becky Striepe
[photo by Becky Striepe]

Eating food that is locally grown can really help you cut down your carbon footprint. Most food travels hundreds or even thousands of miles from farm to table. All of the processing, packaging, and travel accounts for almost 80% of the energy use in the U.S. food system. Eating more local, unprocessed, organic produce is a great (and tasty) way to cut back on those food miles! Services like Atlanta’s Vegetable Husband make eating local that much easier.

Vegetable Husband owner Margie Thorpe brings fresh, organic, local produce right to local Atlantans’ doorsteps! Unlike your traditional CSAs, which require that you prepay an entire season, Vegetable Husband asks for just four weeks of commitment at a time. That’s great news for folks who want to eat local but can’t pony up the cash for a whole season’s worth of food up front.

Each Wednesday evening, customers can look forward to a produce delivery. Margie visits several local farms to pick up a variety of local, seasonal produce. Her deliveries come right to our doorsteps in a big, brown bag. She includes a list of this week’s veggies and a letter with some preparation ideas. Folks can visit the website for even more recipe ideas using the week’s haul.

The service offers a one-week trial, so prospective customers can see how they like it before committing to the four weeks. The haul pictured above consisted of: rainbow chard, turnips, scotch bonnet peppers, butter crunch lettuce, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and persimmons. All of the produce is organic. Not bad for $35 per week! Check out VegetableHusband.com for Margie’s contact information.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

5 Responses to Eating Local with Vegetable Husband

  1. Shirley Hudson says:

    Truth is that incorporating locally grown organic produce into our diets is a great idea. However, we must also realize that agricultural produce from other areas and countries supports the people whose lives depend on growing and selling their produce, whether it is across this country or from the many other countries which ship their produce to wherever there is a market for it. Unless we are able to create a utopian world where each country can be completely self supporting, people from everywhere need to find a way to feed their families and support their nations. Growing and selling food beats growing and selling drugs. Making and selling hard goods and finding fair trade markets for them is pulling much of the poorer nations out of poverty. Balance is the answer.

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