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 for Margie’s contact information.