Acme Farms + Kitchen is an online shop that provides locally sourced (mostly organic) food that is delivered throughout Seattle and Bellingham, Washington; and now, Portland, Oregon. Acme also offers boxes complete with all ingredients and recipes to make anywhere from 3-5 meals per week. This box, called the "Locavore" box is much like most meal planning companies you've heard of before like Plated and Blue Apron, with a few big differences. One is that the majority of the ingredients are sourced, in season, from local, organic farms in Oregon and Washington. Secondly, the ingredients are not pre-portioned for you, which means less packaging -or waste to be frank. With that said, you are not getting more than you need for the recipes. For example, if you receive a bunch of carrots you will most likely use all of those carrots for one or multiple meals in the box.
It's been about a month since Acme Farms + Kitchen launched their Portland program and I have just received my third box, which is why I'm writing this post. I want to share my experience and love for this company since it is something I can really get behind and hope that they continue to grow.
It comes as no surprise that I love to cook. However, being a working mother doesn't always afford me the time to meal plan for the week without sacrificing something else I would rather being doing instead, like playing with my daughter, or going to yoga. Programs like this take out the guess work for me. Our meals are laid out and all I have to worry about is the other days we don't have Acme meals for, which means I can make my own meal plan for those nights or go out.
One of the things I like most about Acme, over the competition, is the integrity of the ingredients. I believe in sustainable eating. Our family eats a mostly organic diet of local, seasonal produce, organic meat and sustainably caught fish. Occasionally we eat conventional produce depending on what is and where it's grown. All of the ingredients I have received from Acme to date follow the same requirements of what I choose to buy in stores. This commitment to sustainability goes beyond the food to how it is packaged, which is very little. Most produce is unpackaged or loose items arrive in compostable bags. There are a couple icepacks, but aside from that, very little packaging. Acme asks that you return ice packs and packaging for reuse and to keep costs down, which is smart.
I experimented with the different boxes to see what is right for us. We started with a large Locavore box and then tried two small Turf Locavore boxes. Seeing as Colette is getting bigger and starting to eat more, I can say that the small boxes don't feed our family enough food. There are different boxes to choose from based on dietary restrictions, which I think is awesome.
We have all been really happy with the recipes thus far. I've made a couple dishes I have never made before including black bean and sweet potato empanadas, as well as shrimp cakes with crispy fingerlings with watercress. There have been a few dishes that are sort of staples in our house, one of which I will share with you in a follow-up recipe post. With some of the dishes, I've added a little bit of something to make it my own.
Typically, I would write my meal plans on the weekend and starting on Monday. It has taken a little bit of getting used to changing my schedule for the weeks that we do Acme, but it's also been nice to not worry about what meal we're going to have on the weekend.
Although it sounds like a sponsored post, Acme Farms + Kitchen did not contact me to write this post. Like I said before, I am so impressed with their offerings and values that I want to share with you my enjoyable experience with them. Acme offers trial boxes, which have ingredients for one meal if committing to a small box is too much. Portlanders, the cut-off for ordering is Sunday nights, so there is still time for you to place an order to try your first box this week!