Greenling to Bring Local Organic Produce Delivery to Dallas

Categories: Food News

Greenling.jpg
Greenling
Eater Dallas reported earlier this week that Greenling, an organic produce delivery company out of Austin, is expanding to Dallas in January.

Greenling works directly with local, sustainable farmers and producers, and delivers weekly food bins to residences. There is a $25 minimum for all orders, but the delivery service is free. Set up somewhat like a CSA, customers can choose individual items or get a "local box." Everything is delivered in four-hour "food-saver bins," meaning customers don't have to be home in order to receive their produce.

Founder Mason Arnold worked for an environmental consulting firm after receiving his chemical engineering degree at UT, but quickly grew disenchanted with his role and what he saw. In 2005 Arnold founded Greenling based on the simple premise that "people needed a way to get fresh, nutritious food." Since then he's been committed to delivering farm fresh food in a more environmentally friendly way.

Greenling touts that their trucks use 85 percent less fuel then all their customers driving to the store. Aspen Lewis, marketing director with Greenling, said they've met with North Texas farmers to start their operations here.

"We will use some of the same purveyors that we use for Austin," Lewis said, "because some are close to the Dallas area. But, we've also met with a whole bunch of new North Texas farmers, so we're definitely going use them."

The Greenling delivery area is most of Dallas and Fort Worth.

"It's kind of done individually by zip code because the routes are based on zip codes. And delivery dates are based on those routes," Lewis said. "Right now we plan to cover the majority of DFW. Plus, we track all the zip codes that are entered into our website, so if we get a lot of entrants from a zip code that is not currently open then will definitely try to do it."

As an example of what they offer, they have a photo of their "local box" for the week of December 26 that costs $34.99 and includes: watermelon radish, mustard greens, baby spinach bag, kale, red leaf, Romaine, green leaf or Bibb lettuce, grapefruit, Meyer lemons, yellow onion, butternut squash and sweet potatos.

Greenling also lists the farm that each item comes from and has a profile for each.

The company hopes to be up and running by the end of January and is having a job fair in Allen on Monday. Who wouldn't want to drive a car with a giant banana on the top?


My Voice Nation Help
12 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
primi_timpano
primi_timpano

How is this different from Urban Acres' program, other than they will drop off the food?  I want to meet that local grapefruit farmer..

Aspen Lewis
Aspen Lewis

Hi Primi -

Greenling is different from Urban Acres in that they have a co-op program, where you pay a membership fee and get a share that is a mix of local and non-local organic produce that you can't customize. Our Local Box (mentioned above) is the only basket we offer that can't be customized - you can also browse and build your own basket online, and we offer a full grocery store selection with dairy, grass-fed meats, dry goods, etc in addition to fresh produce. There's no membership fee or subscription required.

The grapefruit comes from Certified Organic G&S Groves- http://www.gandsgroves.com/met...

Hope you'll check us out!

Thanks,Aspen Lewis

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Hate to be negative, but, it's not going to work here.  Austin-yes, San Fran-yes, Boston-yes........here-no.  I can see a handful of people thinking it's great, then, it sinks like the Titanic.  Greatest idea since that company that delivers groceries.  Fail.  We love our cars too much; we enjoy shopping too much.  Heck, it was just five years ago we accepted "fresh" produce.  Good article though!

Tessaspangler
Tessaspangler

These businesses are the wave of the future.  At one point did they fail, yes, but now they have picked up so much steam it's scarey.

Green Girl
Green Girl

Seriously? Are you that narrow minded? There are lots of health conscious people than you think in the DFW are who care about what they eat and actually prefer to buy fresh organic produce from local farmers over the crap they sell at Walmart and Kroger. I been searching for a year for a local company that delivers organic produce and I am 100% behind what this company is offering. GO GREEN!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Welp, sugar tinsel, you are one of the few!  Most of us STILL don't care....we should; but, we don't.  Welcome to Dallas.  The bus for Oregon leaves, in uhhhhhm, 20 minutes.  Progress is a slow road, encumbered by choice, and chance.  Capice'? 

amy
amy

It's worth noting that Artizone, a similar concept, has been pretty successful in this area. 

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...