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Fresh, Local Produce Delivered to Your Door & A Food Gal Giveaway

There’s a new organic produce delivery company in town.

And its name is Full Circle.

You may remember reading a couple months ago about how I got to try out the service for a test run. It was definitely convenient to find a box on my doorstep each week, brimming with seasonal veggies and fruits.

The company, which started in Carnation, WA, launched its service in the Bay Area earlier this summer. It delivers as far north as San Rafael, east to Concord and south to San Jose.

You choose the size of box to be delivered each week, depending upon the size of your household. I chose the smallest option, the “Seed Box” ($20.95), which is perfect for one or two people and comes complete with enough produce for about 15 servings total.

What’s particularly helpful is that you can customize your box. If there’s someone in your family who hates beets or broccoli, you can opt never to have that included in your delivery.

You also can check your online account a few days before each delivery to see what your next box will likely contain, making it easier to plan your meals or shop for additional accompaniments at your local grocery store.

What’s more, you can add gourmet grocery items to your box at an additional cost. Full Circle collaborates with a host of artisan producers, many of them organic, to sell everything from bread to artisan jams to fresh, pasture-raised chicken. I ordered the wild shrimp once and they were nearly lobster-like in their succulence.

Moreover, you can put your deliver on hold or cancel your subscription at any time.

Want to give it a whirl? Keep reading…

Contest: Five Food Gal readers will get a chance to win two weeks’ worth of Full Circle produce deliveries for free. Essentially, you’ll win an $84 credit to use after creating an account. The credit is enough for two free boxes of the largest-size delivery, the “Harvest,” which will feed 3-6 people. Or if you have a smaller household, you can stretch the credit out for a longer period of time by choosing a smaller-size box of produce. After your credited amount runs out, you can either choose to continue the service by paying for it on your own or you can choose to cancel your subscription.

Entries are limited to those who live within Full Circle’s delivery areas in California, Washington state, Idaho and Alaska. Click here for more details.

Entries will be accepted through midnight PST Sept. 1. Winner will be announced Sept. 3.

How to win?

Who doesn’t like receiving something wrapped up in a box? Just tell me about something you’ve gotten in a box that was memorable, special or a complete surprise. Best five entries win the produce box deliveries.

Here’s my own answer:

“When I was a kid, we’d often spend Christmas Eve at my Aunt Rosemary’s house. My Mom’s side of the family would gather there to exchange presents. That particular year, when I was in second grade, there was a rather large box under the tree for me from my Aunt Stella. I always looked forward to her presents because she used to work for the company that distributed Charles Schultz’s Peanuts toys. Over the years, she had given me a little bean bag Snoopy, as well as small plastic figurines of Snoopy, Lucy and Charlie Brown. When it came time to tear open the package, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. It was a large, soft, furry Snoopy with a big black nose and a real leather collar around his neck. I hugged him for dear life. And when I did, I heard my Aunt tell my Mom, “I thought she was old enough now for one of those.” Which only made the moment more special, of course. Because not only had I just gotten the best toy ever, but I was now a grown-up — well, in kid terms. At that age, that’s as good as it gets.”

Winner of Last Week’s Contest: In the previous Food Gal contest, I asked you about a time that you outdid yourself as a fashionable foodie. The winner will receive a pair of general admission tickets to the 3 p.m. Sept. 8 fall fashion show at Santana Row in San Jose.

Congrats to:

Sharon, who wrote, “About a year ago, I joined Dishcrawl, a bay area startup company taking foodies on food adventures in cities all across the US and Canada. During our Mountain View launch, I was a true fashionista. I had injured my foot during a beach run two days before the launch but had to be on my ‘A’ game to host over 120 foodies on a Dishcrawl through 4 restaurants including the Michelin star Chez TJ. A couple of hours before the event, I went to the doctors and recieved crutches, a cane, and a boot. With my diva red dress (I am rarely seen dress less) I sported the fashionable boot (way hotter than the aged cane look or sickly crutches). I felt like a rock star regardless of my limp and hop through Castro.
I look forward to the opportunity to win these tickets to check out ANTM’s winner and to wine n dine on Santana Row. ( Did I mention I’m a huge ANTM fan and would name my daughter if I had one Adrian or Elyse after the first seasons winners.)”

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