It’s been almost 3 years since first ordered a Reason2.be organic produce box and with all of the recent additions to their services, from meat and fish to organic wines and foods for special diets, I thought it was high time to update this article.
The following was originally posted in February of 2010. You’ll find my updates noted in brackets below.
There have been a lot more veggies in my life (and my belly) lately. After months of discussing it, Andrew and I signed up for a weekly produce box delivery service. Two weeks ago the first box of organic fruits and vegetables arrived at my door and I’m in veggie heaven.
Because we’ve been trying to eat healthier and more locally, I had been researching places to buy local produce in Brussels. It seemed like a veg box delivery company would be a good option, but there were surprisingly quite a few to choose from. After months of analysis paralysis, in the end, the veg box chose me.
I noticed a huge sign, on the way into my gym one morning, for Reason2.be and I checked out their website when I got home. It was everything I was looking for in a veg box scheme and more, so I decided to give it a try.
One of the things I like about Reason2.be is they offer many options. Since there is only Andrew and me, we opted for the small fruit and vegetable box. There are also medium and large sizes, fruit only, veg only, a ‘favourites box’ and an ‘100% Benelux box.’
[Update] In addition to the boxes listed above there are now ‘Organic Essentials’ boxes, which include produce, meat, eggs and dairy products, available in three sizes. For those wanting more flexibility is the new ‘customisable box.’ You pick exactly what items you want to order from the entire catalogue.
We are also excited about the new Bio wine boxes. These include six bottles of organic wine for €50. The boxes are available in All Red, All White or the ‘Discovery box’ which contains a mix of red, white, rose and sometimes a dessert or fruit wine.
The new organic wines are available to purchase by the bottle as well. We tried a selection of Belgian fruit wines and a gorgeous Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo from Jasci & Marchesani vineyards. [End Update]
My first box contained:
- About 2lbs of carrots which became carrot and ginger soup
- A bag of Spinach which became spinach salad
- Green beans that I sautéed with parmesan
- 4 apples that turned into a baked apple dessert
- 4 pears that I had to wrestle away from Andrew so I could taste one
- Celery that was used in mushroom risotto
- And a small winter squash that we ate as stuffed squash last night
Most of box number 2 hasn’t been eaten yet but it included: oranges, pears, a cabbage, potatoes, a small head of leaf lettuce, some green peppers and that ubiquitous Belgian winter staple, chicon or Belgian Endive.
In addition to the produce, Reason2.be offers organic milk and eggs and has partnered with our butcher, Jack O’Shea’s, to offer free-range and organic meat boxes. We have opted in to the milk and eggs but for now we prefer to get our meat directly from Jack’s.
[Update] Reason2.be has since added a substantial amount of organic grocery products. These include: cereals, condiments, dried fruit and nuts, pasta and rice, sauces, tea and coffee, tofu, juice, organic ready-meals and even baby food. The selection grows every week.
There is also a small selection of foods for special diets including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian offerings.
The most recent addition to the product line is a range of sustainably sourced seafood including: salmon, cod, sole, herring, anchovies, mackerel, a variety of smoked fish and salmon rillettes. [End Update]
There are also a number of ‘sustainable services’ Reason2.be subscribers can opt into for €1. [Updated] Reason2.be will recycle the following items:
- Brita Water filters
- Light Bulbs
- Wire coat hangers
Reason2.be also collects the following items for various charities, free of charge: corks, plastic and metal bottle caps, printer cartridges, mobile phones, books, reading glasses, pens and markers.
They will also pick up clothing for delivery to an eco dry-cleaning service.
The boxes and packaging can be recycled each week so there is next to no waste.
If you’re in the Brussels area and are looking for an affordable and convenient way to get your hands on some organic, local produce, give Reason2.be a try.
Do you get a veggie box? I’d love to hear any experiences with Reason2.be or any of the other veggie box services in the area.