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I was sent a box of produce to review by Music City Produce Box. Even though the produce was free to me, this is my honest review, and all opinions are strictly my own.
Nashville has a new food delivery service in town: Music City Produce Box. I was recently contacted by them, and asked if I’d like to receive a box of their produce to review. Once I’d received a favorable reply to my response, which was that I wanted to know if they’d be comfortable with my *honest* review, whatever my thoughts, I agreed.
So, hopefully, by the end of this review, you’ll know all the pros and cons.
What Is Music City Produce Box?
Music City Produce Box is pretty much just what it sounds like it is. It is a business that operates here in the Nashville (Music City) area, which delivers a box filled with produce, right to your door.
Music City Produce Box has its roots (obligatory produce pun…be on the alert for more…they’re likely to sprout up when you least expect them) in a business called Knox Produce Box. Knox Produce Box began delivering produce in the Knoxville, TN area, last year in March, right when that pesky worldwide health crisis broke out. They have since decided to expand their business to the Nashville area.
It is NOT a CSA, (Community Supported Agriculture), which provides only LOCALLY grown produce. Music City Produce Box BEGINS with local produce and then supplements with other high quality produce. They look for produce that is a good value, but not available locally.
What Was In Your Box?
My XL box arrived Friday, April 23rd of 2021, and was FILLED to the brim with so many different fruits and veggies! Just to give you an idea of the assortment you might expect at this time of year, I received: Romaine lettuce, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, green tomatoes, red tomatoes, broccoli, green beans, Honeybell oranges, mangoes, bi-color corn, garlic, and spring onions. That is a TON of produce, especially for our family of only 3. And as I’m sure you noticed, it contains both fruits and veggies!
We have gotten right to work using our produce, too! It feels like a nightly episode of Chopped around here, and I’ve been enjoying adding some menu items back into our menu that aren’t 100% in season. The other night we had Fried Green Tomato BLT’s with a Spicy Remoulade that were just amazing! Nicole Kidman’s Pasta is a great way to enjoy your broccoli, too. Coming up next on the menu? Esquites, an incredible Mexican Street Corn side dish, to enjoy some of that fresh from Florida sweet corn, even though it’s not yet corn season in TN.
What Are Your Favorite Things About Music City Produce Box?
- FREE DELIVERY. I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE free delivery! Don’t you? I think everyone does! The price they quote is the price you pay.
- KETO BOXES: I think making keto-friendly produce boxes is pretty close to genius. I know so many people who eat this way, and no one wants to have to think through what is keto friendly, and what is not. Nor do we want to have to throw out veggies we can’t use. So this is a brilliant option, in my opinion.
- DIFFERENT ASSORTMENTS OF BOXES: In addition to Keto Boxes, you can select a box that is All Veggies. Or, All Fruits. And if that’s not enough, you can select additional products to add to your box, from a WIDE assortment of jams, fruit butters, relishes, pie fillings, and honeys. In other words, these add-ins are products you might find at any farmer’s market.
SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE BUT NOT REQUIRED. You can order one box only, just to try the service out, if you like. If you order on Monday before midnight, your produce box will be delivered that same week, on Friday, with no delivery charge. (HOORAY!!!!!!)
What Didn’t You Like?
The one thing I didn’t like about my Music City Produce Box was that the tomatoes were chilled: they’d been refrigerated. Now I can understand why that might happen, in a business that sells produce.
But if you’re a tomato connoisseur, (as I pretend to be), you know that when tomatoes are refrigerated, their cell walls begin to break down, and their texture changes, which causes them to be mushy. Tomatoes should always be stored at room temperature.
The green tomatoes that I used the other night were NOT mushy, and I’m hoping that the red tomatoes that are currently sitting on my counter, and which are ready to be made into some homemade oven roasted salsa, will be just fine, since they’ll be roasted, and whirred in a food processor. (Texture is only an issue if you’re eating one on a salad, or a sandwich.)
So many of my recipes are FILLED with fresh produce! Here are just a few: