Service Review: Winder Farms- Farm to Door Delivery Service
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It was barely 7:00 a.m and I sleepily fumbled out my front door onto the porch, wearing only my boxer briefs. Reaching for the newspaper, I stumbled over a large box of produce on the porch. Then it struck me, the night before I placed an order with Winder Farms for home delivery. It was not awkward at all when my neighbor waved good morning while I stood there holding a box of produce in only my underwear. Before I tell you about the jalapeno bratwurst and oranges in the delivery box, a little about Winder Farms.
About Winder Farm
Winder Farms started in 1880, providing fresh milk and dairy products from it’s own farm to customers, via a horse-drawn cart. Since then, their business has modernized, but they still deliver farm fresh organic, all-natural and hormone-free products provided by local farmers and businesses. Their current “farmer’s market on wheels” business model, services Utah, Las Vegas and now Orange County California. Customers place their orders online by 8pm the night before and a delivery will be made by 8 a.m. to their door step. They carry over 300 different products from ready-made dinners to raw vegetables.
Great for busy people
Shopping at chain grocery stores is an unfortunate necessity for me, due to lack of time. With a full time day job and my second job, my blog, I don’t have time to shop around at farmer’s markets and meat shops to buy the craft. Winder Farm’s delivery service fills the gap that my schedule does not permit..
What I ordered
Fruits and Vegetables
The produce box contained a nice variety of fruits and vegetables that were just harvested at Tanaka farms, Irvine based farm that has been family operated for 50 years. The first thing I will say about the produce is that everything was farm fresh, literally I think the produce was harvest less than 24 hours prior. To test the freshness of the produce, I selected one of each vegetable and let them sit in my refrigerator sit for over three weeks. The squash, eggplant and squash are all still firm. The first thing I used was the tomatoes, they were large hot house variety with a sweet flesh and meaty center. I used them in salads and several different recipes, including my hummus stuffed tomatoes. . The cantaloupe was perhaps one of the best cantaloupes that I ever tasted, it was sweet and perfectly ripened.
The carrots I roasted with garlic and a house made bbq sauce. Pretty simple recipe that just requires you to lightly smother the carrots with your favorite BBQ sauce, Garlic and put under the broiler for 15 minutes or until tender.
Meat, Dairy and Drinks
Winder farms is really good at sourcing the high quality food, either producing it through their own private label or working with other very high quality vendors. . They provided me several types of meats including NY strip steak and jalapeno bratwurst and bacon.
Both of the meats were first and foremost very fresh, you can taste the difference. The Jalapeño bratwurst is now a must stock item in my freezer. It had the nice snap on each bite and was extremely juicy. The sausage was just the right blend of heat and flavor.
The hickory smoked bacon was perhaps some of the better bacon that I have recently experienced. The fat to meat ratio lean very heavily toward meat and they were cut very thick. The bacon had a very nice hickory flavor and they kept the sodium load down on the bacon, thus giving it a very balanced flavor profile. Again another item that will soon be a stock item in my freezer.
I also received their milk, chocolate milk and orange juice. The orange juice was very premium with the right amount of pulp. The orange juice tasted fresh squeezed. The chocolate milk was the best item in the entire shipment, it was very rich and velvety smooth. Served in the traditional glass bottle, this is the type of chocolate milk that my grandpa used to talk about. I gave him a sip and he said, “that’s it! That is the kinda of milk I used to deliver!”
The second best item was their homemade chocolate chip cookies. Winder farms, in my opinion found the best cookie maker in Southern California. I am sorry to say that I enjoyed these cookies so much that I forgot to take pictures.
I also received three cheese ravioli, which I tossed with kale and yellow peppers. The ravioli, like everything else, was high quality. They tasted like fresh dough and were generously stuffed with cheese. I used the eggs in several dishes including a Spanish omelet, cakes and a delicious carbonara.
My Final Thoughts
I was so impressed with the service, that I am now a customer. Aside from the convenience, what I liked most about this service is that it reminded me of my Grandfather’s fresh milk delivery business. Back in the 1950’s fresh food could easily be delivered to your door, straight from the dairy or farm. Winder farms is making this old fashion front door delivery service happen once again. When my next shipment of food arrives from Winder Farms, I will remember to at least wear a bathrobe when I go outside to pick it up my box.
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