One of the most interesting trends in food right now is the delivery service. There are a number of different companies having great success with the trend – HelloFresh, Plated, and Blue Apron, to name a few. The purpose of these services are all the same: to provide ingredients and instructions for creating tasty meals without having to step foot in a grocery store.
There are plenty of good reasons to take part in one of these services. My favorite reason is that the meals are perfectly portioned (usually for 2 or 4 people) and you receive exactly the amount of each ingredient you need to make the dish. This eliminates food waste which is a major plus in my book. On the downside, there are shipping costs and some of these services provide a LOT of packaging that needs to be either recycled or thrown away.
The Good News
I recently discovered that there’s a new option for all of us New Hampshirites! Local Baskit is a new meal kit service based out of Concord and they recently opened a storefront on Ferry Street. They are taking the farm-to-table concept to a new level, and providing meal kits that are made with locally grown, seasonally appropriate, sustainable ingredients.
I recently attended their open house at the Ferry Street location and was shocked by the following the company has already! The open house provided a chance for us to see some of their recipes, sample the local produce that will be included in many of the meals, and check out their coolers of local beer, wine, and desserts that will be available if you decide to partake in the meal service kits pick up.
We were able to sample wine, beer from the recently opened Concord Craft Brewery, cheese, and mixed greens grown down the road in Loudon.
The meal kits themselves come in 3 options and price points:
- The Artisan – the highest price and quality, with the most options each week.
- The Fresh Baskit – the middle price and quality, still with lots of options of meat, seafood, and vegetarian meals.
- The Simple Baskit – The most affordable option which provides the produce, spices, and recipes, and you purchase your own proteins. This is recommended if you have strict dietary restrictions or preferences.
These kits can be shipped to your door or picked up from one of their pickup and recycle locations in Concord, Warner, Meredith, Portsmouth and Amherst.
In addition to these meal kits, I am probably most excited about the new addition to their offerings, which is their Cook Tonight Meals. These vary weekly, and can be purchased at their Concord store. If you don’t want to commit to a weekly meal service, you can just pick up one of these to prepare a single meal! Offerings for the week of March 12 include kale and black bean tacos, Mongolian beef ramen, spaghetti with warm bacon mushroom sauce, blue cheese and fried shallot burgers, and sweet potato soppresta pizza. If these are of interest to you, you should reserve the meals online because each meal is created in limited quantities. Also, existing customers can reserve the cook tonight meals and they will be added to your weekly delivery or pickup.
They will also be hosting beer and wine tastings and cooking classes at their Concord location! Visit their event calendar to see the upcoming offerings.
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