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Monday, June 7, 2010

Elizabeth’s Pick: Dairy Delivery from Simple Provisions

In an age of iPads and American Idol, I take great comfort in having . . . a milkman. Every two weeks, Carter Beck of Simple Provisions pulls up in his truck and leaves a crate of fresh dairy on my stoop. It’s like Christmas:

The glass jugs of certified-organic milk and cream are from Crystal Ball Farms, a family-owned establishment in the St. Croix River Valley. The eggs are lovingly laid by free-range hens that feast on organic feed at Philadelphia Community Farm in Osceola, Wisconsin. I don’t normally display my dairy in the grass, but:

Isn’t that how it should look? And the taste! Rich, sweet, a little bit grassy—all the flavors you miss with mass-produced, week-old dairy.

Through its partnership with local farmers and food artisans, Simple Provisions also offers fair-trade coffee, bread, and, coming soon: poultry and grass-fed beef. Prices are comparable to the organic goods you can buy in stores, but everything is local, sustainably produced, and—let’s be honest—delivered.

Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010 in Permalink

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Jun 7, 2010 07:38 pm
 Posted by  shevvi

There were many bad comments about this service last year.

See this chowhound thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600781?tag=activity;#4591848

Maybe you could provide some more details about this service. How long have you subscribed? How is the customer service? Have you had any substitutions?

I would love to subscribe but without more positive buzz I'm not willing to take the gamble.

Jun 8, 2010 09:19 am
 Posted by  beautybets

@Shevvi - I only see one negative comment in the chowhound thread, and it sounds like an anomaly. . . I've been using the service for a few months and it has been incredibly slick and straight-forward. I've made changes to our standing order without any issues - it's as simple as sending an email a couple days before delivery. We also receive monthly statements with our balance. I don't think this is a gamble whatsoever - I know a number of families who use Simple Provisions and love it.

Jun 8, 2010 09:34 am
 Posted by  dilo

I've been using Simple Provisions for the past month and have been very happy with the service. I signed up on a Wednesday evening and had my first delivery Thursday morning. The products have been great as well as the communication with Carter. I've been recommending this service to many friends around town. The fresh cream for my coffee, fresh milk for my kids and fresh cinnamon toast for everyone has been fantastic!

Jun 8, 2010 06:34 pm
 Posted by  Suzette

I'm going to look into this now! THANK YOU for a great article/recommendation.

Jun 8, 2010 10:26 pm
 Posted by  shevvi

@ beautybets The chow link was just an exmple. There were other comments on Heavy Table, city pages, and a few other places but I didn't want to link them all to this post.

Thank you and Dilo for giving some up to date feedback. I will give this a try this fall.

Jun 11, 2010 08:02 pm
 Posted by  sbog

our family uses "farmer carter" and we think he and the service are great. we have been using him for over a year now, so i feel like we have a pretty good grasp on his service. i believe strongly in excellent customer service, and that's what we get every time with him! i highly recommend this service to anyone who wants to support sustainable and holistic living {plus have dairy delivered to your door -- what a treat!}.

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