But like most things in life, you don’t always have time for the things you love. The greenmarkets aren’t open every day and even when they are, farmers pack it in at 6 p.m., typically a couple hours before I’ve even left my desk for the night. Despite this, we still don’t want to sacrifice eating good food grown by good people.
Enter Quinciple, a Brooklyn-based farmer’s market delivery service. Every week, Quinciple—a service “for people who want to eat well, as their site says—packs a box with goodies from local farms, bakeries, cheesemakers, and other small producers and delivers it right to your doorstep (via an environmentally-friendly cargo bike, natch).
We received our first box just last night and were overwhelmed by the awesome things we received: freshly foraged ramps from Mountain Sweet Berry Farm, decadent chocolate-coconut macaroons from Bklyn Larder, gooey Moses Sleeper cheese from Vermont, and beautiful broccoli rabe from Lani’s Farm, among many other things.
If you lack kitchen inspiration, Quinciple has got you covered there too. Each box comes with recipe cards for ideas on how to use your box. Last night, we whipped up sandwiches using Amy’s black sesame semolina bread, red oak leaf lettuce, La Quercia prosciutto and the Moses Sleeper cheese, all from our box. Then, this morning, I snacked on a pixie tangerine with my granola.
The box changes weekly and the no-commitment subscription model means that you can pause or cancel at any time. You can even check out the box in advance so there aren’t any surprises—a good idea for a household like ours where we try to plan what we want to eat for the week in advance.
The only thing that would make the service perfect: perhaps the occasional well-matched bottle of wine from, say, a Finger Lakes wine producer?
– Laura and Ryan