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Refinery 29 says FarmBox Makes Healthy Living Easy

7 Farm-Fresh Food Delivery Services That Make Healthy Living Easy
by Nicole Catanese on June 7, 2013 at 5:00AM

There’s nothing quite like a backyard cookout in the summertime, especially when fresh veggies and juicy fruits are the star players. But, sourcing these nourishing food groups can be a total headache (anyone for supermarket traffic?) and we're never quite certain where all that produce is actually coming from.

Well, we rounded up the best, local food delivery services that make eating healthy and delicious a no-brainer. From at-your-doorstep, farm-fresh deliveries to prepared meals that'll have you saying nom, it's time to indulge in some down-home goodness!

FARM BOX LA

Farm Box LA syncs up with local and sustainable farmers and helps you put faces and names to those organic apples, so you know exactly where your food is coming from. Try their Complete Farm Box (small is $79; standard is $99; deluxe is $129) or their Custom Farm Box, which lets you handpick what you want (or don’t!) each week. On a super-health kick? Go for their Juicing Farm Box ($52 for the small) so you can DIY every a.m., or try the CrossFit Paleo Deluxe Box ($102). Prefer to wear your food? Their brand-new Beauty Farm Box ($59.95) debuts this week and includes foods known to promote healthy skin and hair, plus tips to whip up a yummy meal or beauty treatment — not one avocado left behind!

Fox 411 Catches Maria, Jamie, and Ali munching on FarmBox fruit skewers

FOX NEWS 411 POP TARTS

Scene & Herd: Where the stars were and what they were doing
By Hollie McKay on June 6, 2013

Tom Cruise beaming with pride while supporting son DJ Connor Cruise at sbe's HYDE Lounge in West Hollywood.

Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto partying with the likes of Tom Cruise and Kate Beckinsale at the "Star Trek Into Darkness" premiere after party at LA hotspot AV Nightclub.

Maria Menounos, Jaime King and Ali Landry nibbling on FarmBox LA fruit skewers at the Haute Polish Organic Manicure Event at the swanky Chi Nail Bar in Beverly Hills.

"Les Miserables" sensation Samantha Barks refueling with Smari Icelandic Yogurt at HOT8 Yoga in Beverly Hills during the book signing by Jennifer Aniston's yogi guru, Mandy Ingber.

Axl Rose, Vanessa Hudgens and Kelsey Grammer noshing at Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand.

"Star Trek" director JJ Abrams stopping by the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park alongside his pal, Andy Samberg.

Zoe Saldana, Ginnifer Goodwin and Diane Kruger enjoying an intimate dinner on behalf of Vogue and M*A*C Cosmetics in Los Angeles, for Prabal Gurung.

"DWTS" pros Cheryl Burke and Derek Hough enjoying the warm weather at the Ciroc Summer birthday bash at a private Los Angeles estate.

Actress Jamie Chung cooling down with a Vitamin Water Zero post FlyWheel workout in New York City.

Val and Maksim Chmerkovskiy hanging out by the pool at AZURE Luxury Pool at The Palazzo Las Vegas donning patriotic red and blue shorts.

NBC News at Noon

Farm-Fresh Food, Delivered to Your Door
May 14, 2013

Farm Box LA's Chako Fairbanks and Reisha Delug show Whit & Lucy how to get the best of the farmer's market, without leaving the house. Watch the video here. 

KCET’s The Nosh puts FarmBox on their L.A.’s Best Farm-to-Home E-Grocers List!

KCET’s THE NOSH

To Market, To Market, We...Don't Go: L.A.'s Best Farm-to-Home E-Grocers
by Jessica Ritz on January 22, 2014 11:52 AM

When FreshDirect began delivering a huge selection of groceries directly to Manhattan residences and offices almost 12 years ago, the online service gave picky New Yorkers much to celebrate. (As well as plenty to be concerned about.) Now the West Coast has a similar option, thanks to a Seattle-based behemoth, but local food entrepreneurs have tapped into another particular niche.

We've noticed a growing number of businesses aimed at discerning farmers' market types who aren't interested in getting all their food via a major corporation, but have limited time, aren't jazzed by potentially restrictive CSA options, and might want to make an impulse buy of, say, a jar of small-batch jam or organic olive oil to go with their fruit and vegetable haul. These start-ups are finding new ways to cut out the middleman in shoppers' quest for great ingredients and the freshest produce. In addition to artisanal/farmers' market-to-table oriented e-grocer options, there's also the meal-in-a-box genre, which generally consist of a kit of parts with all the components, recipes, and in some cases, pro chef tips to ease the process of making your own stress-free "gourmet" meal; some examples include Plated, Tastery, Blue Apron, and Fare Trade. (The fate of Hollywood-based Pop-Up Pantry, however, serves as a reminder that this isn't the easiest food business to make a go of.) Raddish, a new L.A.-based subscription venture, delivers recipes and culinary educational motivation that's geared towards families, but doesn't come with food itself.

So, if you're tired of schlepping around town to procure your kale, free-range eggs, pasture-raised meats, almond milk, and fancy locally made chocolates, here's a breakdown of whose bringing what to local doorsteps, where they'll deliver to, and how much it costs.

FarmBox L.A.

While some of the other sites convey a certain seriousness of purpose, Farm Box L.A. presents all youthful, sunny cheer. (Your second grade daughter will probably love it.) The delivery subscription or individual order service offers a wide range of choices for produce boxes, or boxes with produce and bread and meat, or just ala carte items. So if all of your kohlrabi experiments have failed, then FarmBox will allows substitutions. Other boxes are designed for Paleo diet adherents, pets, and juicers.

Angeleno Magazine says FarmBox is Delicious and Unique

 

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Organic Beauty and Wellness

Organic Beauty and Wellness | New Beauty Magazine Online Chat
April 17, 2013

New Beauty Magazine chats with Organic Beauty experts and the founders of FarmBox LA, Chako Fairbanks and Reisha Fryzer, as well as Dr. Brent Ridge, a physician and co-founder of Beekman 1802 and New York dermatologist Jeannette Graf, MD Check out the video here.

PureWow calls FarmBox Wow Worthy and a Must-Have

Wow Worthy: April LA - A month of must-haves
April 26, 2013

We’re crazy for stylish and useful things that make our lives easier. This month, we discovered a service that delivers farmers'-market fare to our door, an organizational notebook that doubles as a cool scrapbook--even stain-resistant fabric to liven up our patio.

Farm Aid

Love farmers’-market fare but sick of fighting crowds to get the best cherimoya? Opt instead for Farm Box LA and get a customized batch of farm bounty brought to you. Farm Box LA is like a personal shopper for your fridge. You sign up online to get a weekly, biweekly or even onetime delivery (love the low commitment) from more than a dozen local farms and artisans. There is a standard CSA-type selection, the fruit-and-veggie box (from $52), as well as what’s called a complete box (from $79), which includes extras like free-range eggs and artisan California cheddar. Most uniquely, Farm Box LA offers deliveries specialized for the way Angelenos eat today: There’s a no-cooking box and a CrossFit Paleo box--loaded with low-glycemic veggies and high-protein eggs for CrossFit devotees. We like the way the juicing box took us out of our smoothie rut with kiwis, persimmons, mint and parsley. You can opt out of any veggie or fruit you don’t want, and the cold-packed boxes are left without signature every Sunday. Here’s to supporting local farmers--and sleeping in.

Take Rob Lowe’s Mother’s Day Quiz to find out what you should get your Momma

(Hint: it starts with "f" and ends with "x")

 

INSIDEHOOK

Are You a Good Son? A Mother’s Day guide to brunch reservations
By Rob Lowe on April 23, 2013

Mother's Day is May 12th. A man can't underestimate its importance. If it’s gifts you seek, our partner and curator Mr. Rob Lowe has devised a handy gifting guide. And if you’re also on the hook for brunch reservations (hint: you’re on the hook for brunch reservations), then read on, dutiful son. Read on.

LAist sings FarmBox praises and tells you how it works

Farm Box LA: Bringing the Farmers Market to Your Door
By Krista Simmons on April 19, 2013 12:30PM

A new breed of CSA called Farm Box LA is bringing baskets bursting with local produce harvested at local farms to your door. And instead of working with just one farm like a traditional CSA, they cultivate relationships with several area farmers and pick the best for your delivery each week.

We team with about 40 different farmers, producers, and artisans," says Chako Fairbanks, one of the company's founders. Fairbanks started Farm Box LA with her friend Reisha Fryzer, after quitting her job in marketing. Now instead of sitting behind a desk, she finds herself visiting the farms they source from on a weekly basis.

Here's how it works: Each Sunday morning at 6 a.m., Farm Box's partner farmers from around Southern California drop off their produce, which was usually harvested on Saturday, at the FarmboxLA warehouse space downtown. (They share the area with Weiser Family Farms, our favorite purveyor of heirloom potatoes.) The goods are then divvied up into their signature red baskets, and then delivered by noon to their 350 or-so customers throughout L.A. They plan on expanding the concept to San Francisco this summer.

"When we first set out, we were worried that it'd just be this upper eschalon of wealthy people ordering our baskets," says Fairbanks. "But we're finding that it's your average 25 to 35-year-olds who are curious about cooking and who really care about where thier food comes from."

Of course, quality local produce does come at a cost. The Farmboxes go for $52 for a small box, which feeds 1-2 people; $77 for a standard box, which is geared more towards families or for a couple who is cooking every night; and the $102 large box for a large family who really gets down in the kitchen. Subscribers can also make their box "complete," which means you'll get bread, juice, cheese, jams, and nuts, basically making it so that you don't have to make a trip to the grocery store during the week.

There are some unique offerings too, like the beauty box or the juicing box. They also have intelligently partnered up with various Crossfit gyms across town to offer a paleo box, which focuses on protein and veggies for those on the new, ever-so-trendy diet. The baskets are very customizable, and you can add in things like olive oil, Rockenwagner baguettes, or cheese individually, too.

With our first box, we got all kinds of crafty, making everything from pickled purple carrots to an apple galette. Since we cook on a nightly basis for various eager eaters, it was easy to breeze through a box in a week. The folks at Farm Box aim to make the task of working with some lesser-known products like cherimoyas or celery root easier by including a weekly newsletter with recipes in their boxes. "You don't have to be an amazing cook to make good food," says Fairbanks. "If you have really awesome ingredients, the job is pretty easy."

FarmBox lands on CBS’s Latest Best of LA: Farm Fresh Delivery Services

 

CBS/LATEST BEST OF LA

Get Gorgeous with 4 New Beauty Treatments
June 5, 2013

 

T-minus sixteen days until the first day of summer, and beach days loom large on our hazy horizon. To help you look your hottest during the hottest of seasons, we’ve rounded up the buzziest new face and body treatments.

Snack Yourself Sexy
Get antiaging ingredients and skin-saving superfoods delivered straight to your doorstep with the new Beauty Box ($60 per week) from Farm Box L.A. Contents vary weekly (think: blue kale, raw walnuts), and each reusable basket includes a newsletter detailing how to use your goods, from dinner recipes to DIY avocado facial scrubs to tips for using lemon to decrease bloating. To schedule a delivery, call 310-344-6701.

KCET uses FarmBox produce for their Quick Pickled Vegetables recipe

Recipe: Quick Pickled Vegetables from Farm Box LA
by Siel Ju on March 9, 2011 9:00AM

Shopping at the farmers market can be a dangerous affair -- simply because all the fresh, in-season produce looks so tempting. If you bought a rolling cartful of fresh veggies with the full intention of enjoying crudités as snacks all week -- but already feel daunted by all the crunchy fare -- Reisha Fryzer can help.

Reisha's the owner of Farm Box LA, a newish organic produce delivery service that brings hand-picked items from local farmers markets to your front door. For $50, Reisha delivers a reusable boxful of what's good at the market -- with enough produce to feed one or two people for an entire week.

Of course, customers' healthy eating habits get derailed at times -- which is why Reisha, who holds a chef certificate from the Epicurean Culinary School in West Hollywood, also offers a pickling and jamming service. Unenjoyed fruits and veggies can simply be placed back in the delivery box to be picked up -- and turned into locally-made jams and pickled veggies for $10 a jar.

Try your hand at pickling your own veggies with Reisha's recipe. She recommends using firmer vegetables -- such as carrots from Finley Farm or fennel bulb from Tutti Frutti Farm -- and having fun with the recipe by swapping out spices or vegetables.

 

Quick Pickles

Ingredients:

4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar ginger, small piece julienned

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

pinch of salt

Instructions:

Place carrots upright in a large picking jar or a few small jars and set them aside. In a medium saucepan heat the apple cider vinegar, sugar and desired spices and salt over medium heat until simmering. When liquid is about to boil, pour it over carrots. Let it cool and then seal and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks submerged in the liquid.