The title of this post seems like an oxymoron, and it should, but the question really is, what role does an at-home delivery service play in the Slow Food movement? The concept is simple, a delivery service buys produce, meats, cheeses, etc. from local farms and ranches then delivers these goods directly to your door for a fee and a small mark-up. For those who do not have the time or means to hit up a market every week, this service enables greater access to these goods for many families in the area, which is ultimately what many of us hope to see grow moving forward. Lately, The Bride and I have been quite busy each weekend, making it harder and harder to make our weekly market runs; so I figured, let’s give this a try and see what we think!
I know several folks who use or have used Greenling (www.greenling.com) in the past, so I had heard they provide good service and best of all they are local. Founded in Austin and now expanding to many other areas, Greenling delivers to my part of town twice a week and using containers to keep the food cold and fresh for up to 4 hours. You start by browsing through the many goods listed on their website or you can go with a seasonal harvest that provides a mix of produce that is available depending on the season. For this first order, The Bride and I selected specific items that we would need during the week as well as a couple items we were curious about. The food arrived during the time slot indicated and, as expected, was packed for ease of transport. All cold items were wrapped and iced for freshness. As soon as we received the order, I knew what the next blog had to be about!
Of the many items we received, we specifically ordered 10 ears of corn for The Bride’s creamed corn she would make for our 4th of July BBQ. The ears came just as you would find them at the market, including several pretty hefty-sized ears at that!
Creamed corn can be made with various consistencies, but if you ask us, the richer and creamier the better. For most this means, bring on the heavy cream! However, if you want to cut some of that fat out, you can start as The Bride does and soak the kernels in simmering 2% milk for 45 minutes, then develop a good roux before starting the slow cook to finish out the dish.
Once the roux is where she wants it, The Bride adds milk, seasoning, and a little water to create the sauce. She stirs the corn back in, mixes well, and slow cooks a little longer until the consistency is just right. Salt & pepper to taste and voila, a lower fat, but creamier version, of creamed corn!
The corn was very sweet and had a great crispness to it, just as you’d expect to find at the market! All in all, if you are short on time and want to have all those wonderful local products, Greenling is a fantastic alternative. The cost is higher than buying straight from the source, but as with most things built for convenience that is to be expected. The quality of all the products we received were top notch and I know we will use Greenling again for those weeks we can’t make it to the market.