LittleJohn Produce is truly for singles, minimizing waste

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Let’s face it, the world isn’t for singles.

A bunch of bananas? These are turning brown on my counter. Whole head of lettuce? Will be shamed in two weeks when he starts to smell.

Cooking for one person is difficult. And as someone who loves to cook and cares about sustainability, it seems almost impossible to be successful without throwing out food.

When grocery stores seemed intimidating during the first few months of the pandemic, I went looking for boxes of local produce. I thought it would be the best of both worlds: I would spare myself a trip to a public space while supporting local organizations and farms.

I tried four boxes of different products, disappointed with all of them as the portions easily fit a family of four, even though they claim to be for two. As a single person, I was wasting as much as buying at the store.

It was then that I found LittleJohn Produce Box Project. This non-profit organization was born out of a pandemic problem. Founder Alexandra LittleJohn began buying products from local vendors whose regular restaurant customers had run dry due to pandemic shutdowns.

Now it has grown into a nonprofit that offers locally grown, restaurant quality produce for delivery or pickup in Denver and Boulder, while also fighting food insecurity through its donation program.

  • Courtesy of LittleJohn Produce Box Project

    The fruit and vegetable options included in the LittleJohn Produce Balanced Box for the week of November 1, 2021.

  • Courtesy of LittleJohn Produce Box Project

    The fruit and green options included in the LittleJohn Produce Organic Box for the week of November 1, 2021.

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    The fruit and avocado options included in the LittleJohn Produce Fruit Box for the week of November 1, 2021.

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    The fruit and veg options included in the LittleJohn Produce Single Lady Box for the week of November 1, 2021.

LittleJohn Produce normally offers four different boxes: The Balanced Box (fruit + veg) for families for $ 27, Organic Box (veg + veg) for families at $ 42, the Fruit & Avocado Box at $ 22 and my favorite. , the Single Lady. Box (fruits + vegetables), for singles or couples at $ 17.

The veg and fruit offerings change from week to week, depending on what’s available, and a Thanksgiving box is currently on offer.

For me, the Single Lady Box is the perfect portion for a bi-monthly subscription. I eat the most perishable things the first week and use the rest the second.

The best part about this organization is its flexibility. When I’m out of town for my pickup day, I can easily change the day, skip a week, or even donate my box while I’m away.

Plus, this business is all about the community. Pickup locations are in neighborhood businesses, so I like to treat myself to a coffee at Copper Door Coffee Roasters while I’m there. LittleJohn even offers additions like sourdough breads from Rebel Bread or fresh eggs from Amish Acres.

And if you have the cash to spend, you can buy community boxes that go to food insecure families in your own town.

Check out LittleJohn Produce on Instagram every Tuesday to see local club deals each week.

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