Time Travel Anyone? I’d Go Backwards For Sure

I just heard about this thing called #bloganuary to help inspire bloggers to post every day during the month of January.

Since it’s already the 21st, I’ve missed out on most of the month. Good thing my favorite saying is “better late than never”.

The writing prompt for today is, “If you could, what year would you time travel to, and why?”

I’m trying to decide on a year, but I would definitely go backward in time. I guess this makes me not very adventurous. The future does not look very promising at this point, and I don’t think I want to know what is coming, even if I’m not here to see it.

Mom at Hampton Beach, NH – year? 1950’s

I don’t want to go back to relive a wonderful childhood, except that it was pretty nice until about age 10. It really was nice to be young and oblivious. I had a nice house and lots of land and spent all the time I could outside.

I’d want to go back and pay closer attention to family while I had it.

I’d ask my grandmother about her knitting knowledge, and my grandfather about his strawberry shortcake biscuit recipe.

I do think I would go back and try to appreciate my relatives more. I’d love to ask them loads of questions that I can not find an answer to these days. My childhood was the only time I really had substantial family around me.

The prompt does not mention anything about length of stay in our time slot, so that would factor in to my choice too.

I certainly don’t want to relive my childhood, but a few days spent in a good year could be quite fun.

Oh… and it must be winter. I will have to go sledding with my friends.

Dad & me, Hampton Beach, NH – 1950’s

Worthy Flavors Home Delivery Review – Disappointed

Worthy Flavors produce review with photos of my delivery box.

Today I received my second home delivery of vegetables from Worthy Flavors. I wanted to love this company and hoped for great vegetables delivered from local farms. Today I was very disappointed in what I unboxed.

What Came in my Worthy Flavors Box?

Here is a look at the box as it looked when first opened, and the products on my counter after unpacking. It feels a little sparse for the money.

This is the organic box, which at the current time costs $47.95. I had signed up for delivery every 2 weeks. Read about my first delivery here.

Worthy Flavors at FaceBook Lists Box Contents

Below is the list of produce which was to be in each of the boxes. I found this on the Worthy Flavors site on FaceBook. I was looking forward to blueberries and pretty much all the rest.

However, not only did I not receive blueberries, peaches, or carrots, I was pretty disappointed in many of the items I did get.

Below is a photo of everything that was included in my Organic Box. I paid over $47 for this….!

Worthy Flavors produce delivery review

First the good. The little bag of strawberries is good. The tomatoes look very good and need to ripen a bit. The green peppers are not “minis” as listed, but look nice. Sweet potatoes are good and the romaine lettuce is a bit wilted, but not bad. The red onion is fine.

Now the bad. I hate blackberries, which is not their fault, but a downside. I threw them in the woods for the animals. The red leaf lettuce was horribly wilted. The cauliflower looked quite old. (I also got cauliflower in my last box, and it was wonderful.) The leaves on this head were wilted, and there were black spots on the head.

The cucumbers are HUGE! One was smushed and I absolutely would not have purchased these at the store. I haven’t eaten an apple yet, but I would pass on apples that come from Florida. I’ll probably make a little crumble using them.

Where are the oranges (good ones- my last box contained dry and tasteless oranges), grapefruit, lemons and limes that Florida is known for? In fact, I had hoped to receive crops that were in season by month in Florida.

On top of the fact that much of my produce was disappointing, I now have four more water bottles that I don’t want.

Not only that, but my water bottles have no ice in them when I unbox. I’ve seen videos where the bottles come still partially frozen. I only live a few hours north of the location of Worthy Flavors in Florida, so why wouldn’t my bottles have ice? It is winter here, so not super hot. What would happen in summer?

My guess is that the Worthy Flavors box is packed ahead of time and the ice melts and the produce wilts. Otherwise, I surmise that they are packing gross vegetables on purpose! The cauliflower looks like it has been sitting around for quite a while.

When I pay good money for a home delivery service I expect very good quality items which goes along with sending in-season food. I know that part of that fee goes toward packing and shipping, which is understandable, but when I open the box, I want produce that looks fresh-picked and yummy.

Recycling

I want to be eco-friendly and the packing that comes inside the box claims to be recyclable, but my town won’t take it.

Also the fact that water bottles are included in every box is a bit of a minus for me. I understand the attempt to send something that can be recycled, but I don’t want them.

I do recycle the box and cardboard inside.

Cancelling Worthy Flavors

I have cancelled my subscription to Worthy Flavors. I’d rather shop local and pick out my own good vegetables and spend much less money in doing so.

By the way, when you want to cancel your subscription on the Worthy Flavors site, it comes up as a “cancellation request”, saying they will respond in 1-2 business days. I thought, Oh Boy. But, I immediately got an e-mail from the company saying my subscription had been cancelled.

Worthy Flavors produce delivery review

It’s too bad that this didn’t work out. I was hoping to support local farmers and get good quality vegetables at the same time.

This place is a fail for me.

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Worthy Flavors Fruit and Vegetable Delivery Content Review

The other day I received my first shipment from the produce company Worthy Flavors. They ship from south Florida and since I live in central Florida I figured I’d get fresh produce quickly.

I chose the organic box and it is set up to ship bi-weekly. I was told my box would ship on a Tuesday and I got it on the following day.

I did not take immediate photos, but the pictures on this page are of products that came in the box. Mostly, I loved the items.

First Delivery

The box is filled and shipped according to what they want to send. I did not get to select anything.

This is a little bit fun. If you like surprises, and basically like all types of fruits and vegetables, you may love this. I am more pleased than not. I look forward to seeing the contents of my next shipment.

Here are photos of some of the things that came in the box. I got much more than this. See the list below.

What Came in My Organic Box

First delivery box contained the following – everything is organic:

  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce – Unfortunately I do not eat this kind of lettuce. My son ate it.
  • 1 head of Savoy cabbage
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 Roma tomatoes – one tomato is not good. They came unripe, which is good but one tomato is already rotting because it appears damaged.
  • 4 Golden potatoes
  • Cherries – DELICIOUS! Ate them so quickly I didn’t get a photo.
  • Brussel sprouts – one of the few vegetables I really don’t like. Gave to my son.
  • 1 red pepper – very good, ate immediately chopped on my pizza
  • 3 oranges – one was beginning to rot – it had an obvious problem so don’t know why it was even packed.
  • 3 pears – all look good
  • Holiday Herb Medley, including sage, rosemary and thyme – smells wonderful and will freeze what I don’t use.
  • 2 huge carrots – not on the list of ingredients that arrived with the box
  • Big gorgeous head of cauliflower – also not listed

All in all I am pleased with the vegetables and fruit. The cauliflower is perfect. The cherries were wonderful. In fact most of the items were great.

The pros are that I will be eating things I normally don’t buy. Variety in the diet is good. Although I basically follow a Keto diet, I do eat potatoes occasionally. I will eat everything that arrived and nothing will go to waste.

The box comes packed with water bottles – I guess they began frozen – to keep everything cold. It is December and not exactly cold here in Florida but there was no ice in the bottles. This makes me wonder how a summer shipment would work. On the other hand, I don’t like all the water bottles because I don’t drink bottled water, but I understand the concept of replacing ice packages with recyclable bottles.

I love that they offer an organic box as I only buy organic vegetables. I love that everything in the box is recyclable.

On the down side, two items in my shipment were not edible. One tomato was damaged as well as an orange. If I were choosing vegetables at the store I would not have chosen those. Also, I may still have to go shopping for things that did not arrive and I usually eat.

Air Potato Plants Are Good For Nothing

Come to find out, Florida is full of invasive species of animals and plants. One such plant is known as the “air potato”. The name fits because the “potatoes” hang from vines that can climb. Of course many fall to earth where they commence growing new vines to choke all other growth and trees in the vicinity.

They are not edible, and are good for nothing, as far as I know. I read that they were brought in as medicinal plants from Africa and Asia. Now they threaten Florida’s native plants.

Potato vines smothering vegetation
The empty lot next to my yard has many potato vines crawling all over the vegetation

Potato vines grow rampantly here in Florida and climb over all sorts of vegetation from shrubs to trees. They will pull branches to the ground and smother plants by blocking the sun and distorting growth.

potato vines
Vines growing over vegetation

Getting Rid of Potatoes

I live in a very large neighborhood but beside me is a rare, uncleared lot. One day it will be sold and a house will go in, but for now there is a lot of wild growth in this small area. Because potato vines are growing like mad over there, the potatoes fall into my yard.

Potatoes dropped along the edge of my yard
Potatoes at the edge of my yard

The potatoes can be large or tiny. They cover the ground and hang from the vines. If they sit on the ground long enough they will root and send out vines to climb whatever is nearby.

large air potato in Florida
Air potato, large size

As I was picking up the many potatoes around my yard, I wondered what was the best way to dispose of them. All I found was this information on A Guide to Air Potato which says to put them in a black plastic bag (I only had white) and let them deteriorate then throw them out with the regular trash – not lawn debris – pick up.

I let these bags of potatoes sit around for months but nothing happened. Finally I threw them in with the regular trash.

bags of air potatoes
I filled these bags with potatoes
Florida air potatoes
Potatoes and vine under roots of the Brazilian pepper tree

Potato vines are just one of many invasive plants that threaten Florida habitats. In the photo above many potatoes litter the ground beneath Brazilian Pepper tree roots. That is an invasive tree.

Yup, here in the jungle invasive species are flourishing and choking out the local nature. But they are not half as dangerous as the influx of people who keep clearing land and ruining the ecology.

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