The Meal Deal: Hometown Harvest

February 24, 2016

To me, there's nothing more perfect than a summer afternoon spent at your local farmer's market, walking through the maze of vendors selling sweet treats, fresh bread, and tons of produce.

Literally about a month before the last one, I discovered a farmer's market down the street from me - that filled a parking lot. I was in heaven: fruits, vegetables, bread and even local wine! But, if you're in the DC area like me, the farmer's markets close down well before the freezing cold air arrives and snow begins to fall.

So, with no farmer's markets to raid, I've been frequenting the grocery store even though it's just not the same experience - or quality of produce. But what's a girl to do? That's when I discovered the whole produce-delivery-service so I looked to see if such a thing existed within delivery range of me. Then I found Hometown Harvest.

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Hometown Harvest, The Meal Deal, dinner, meal, fresh produce, farm to table, farm to door, produce delivery, Maryland, Frederick, veggies, fruit

Hometown Harvest is a produce delivery company owned and operated by Tony and Abby Brusco, local Frederick County farmers. They work with farmers all around the area to deliver seasonal fruits and veggies, nuts, artisan bakery items and gluten-free goodies within a couple days of being harvested.

I was so excited to try it out and the whole process couldn't be easier: there are several different size bags you can order, and you can even customize it if there are additional items you want included. You literally just pick from a list - it's so easy. There are no membership fees and you can skip deliveries too if you'll be out of town.

So, here's what was in my (small) bag:

- Pinklady apples
- Red & white beets (organic)
- Carrots (organic)
- Grapefruit
- Redbor kale (organic)
- Lettuce (organic)
- Sweet fingerling potatoes (organic)

The quality of the produce was great and it was the perfect size bag for me. (Ok, the fruit was my favorite part!) I loved coming home to a bagful of fresh produce... literally farm-to-front door which is the best! You also get information on where each item came from and if it's organic. How cool is it to see what local farm grew your kale or apples?

I decided to challenge myself to make a meal with most of the veggies - even though I've never cooked with kale or beets before - and decided to make Sweet Potato & Kale Hash, with a side of Roasted Beets. Both came out so yummy - and (bonus) only require 1 pot each so you don't have to do much cleanup which is always a plus. 

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Sweet Potato & Kale Hash
 
Hometown Harvest, The Meal Deal, dinner, meal, fresh produce, farm to table, farm to door, produce delivery, Maryland, Frederick, veggies, fruit, Sweet Potato & Kale Hash, Roasted Beets

Hometown Harvest, The Meal Deal, dinner, meal, fresh produce, farm to table, farm to door, produce delivery, Maryland, Frederick, veggies, fruit, Sweet Potato & Kale Hash, Roasted Beets

Hometown Harvest, The Meal Deal, dinner, meal, fresh produce, farm to table, farm to door, produce delivery, Maryland, Frederick, veggies, fruit, Sweet Potato & Kale Hash, Roasted Beets

My first hash recipe: a success! I envisioned it as a dinner recipe which is why I added chicken, but you could easily swap the chicken with sweet sausage for breakfast. And don't forget a sunny side up egg, too!

Download my Sweet Potato & Kale Hash here!

Roasted Beets

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Hometown Harvest, The Meal Deal, dinner, meal, fresh produce, farm to table, farm to door, produce delivery, Maryland, Frederick, veggies, fruit, Sweet Potato & Kale Hash, Roasted Beets

I was a little afraid to cook with beets - but this recipe is easy peasy and I am so happy with how it came out! The honey makes this dish just a tad bit sweet.

Download my Roasted Beets recipe here!

In case you're wondering, Hometown Harvest delivers to tons of areas in Maryland, Virginia and DC (see the full list here) and is always looking for new routes.

Want fresh produce delivered to your door? Enter code naturallyme20 at checkout and get 20% off your order!


This is a sponsored post. I received a free delivery c/o Hometown Harvest, however all opinions are my own.

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