5 ways to eat local produce in the city
Want farm-fresh produce delivered straight to your door? Here are five ways to make it happen…
Best known for their cold-pressed juice cleanses, this company also offers a selection of Farmer boxes filled with local and organic produce. For those looking to detox, try one of the “juicing boxes” that come with all the veg you need (think kale, cucumbers, spinach, Swiss chard, carrots and celery) for a week’s worth of green juices made at home.
A staple at local pop-up markets here in the capital; this farm will deliver surprisingly good quality produce to your home. In addition to the fruit and veg this farm also sells raw milk, organic eggs, homemade jams and pickles, as well as free-range poultry.
While most meal delivery programmes are meant to keep you out of the kitchen, this one will have you putting on your apron and breaking out your pots and pans. Using produce from local supplier Go Organic ME, you’ll get a box of groceries (think Arabic courgette, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, lemons and potatoes plus staples like beans, youghurt and cheese) delivered to your door with a list of three to four recipes to make for dinner. Dishes on the menu include almond crusted roast chicken, chilli rubbed salmon with avocado salsa and a lentil and veggie shepherd’s pie. Vegetarian, paleo-friendly and gluten-free boxes are also available.
Greenheart Organic Farms
Now offering home deliveries to residents in the capital, this company specialises in sourcing local, organic produce from farms here in the UAE. There is over 130 different kinds of veg on offer, so expect everything from broccoli, cauliflower and spinach to more exotic heirloom produce such as purple dragon carrots, pink passion rhubarb chard and blue azure kohrabi. Deliveries to Abu Dhabi city will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pm and will include an extra Dhs50 fee.
This meal plan delivery service, which originally launched in Dubai, has expanded into the capital. You can now order dishes that use locally sourced organic produce as well as free range and grass fed meats. There are currently three programmes available including a low GI menu, paleo friendly option and protein heavy option that serves up dishes such as crusted lamb rack with sweet potato rosti, vegetable frittata with tomato relish and chocolate and walnut brownies.