For the past month, our family gave truLOCAL a try. truLOCAL introduces simple monthly meat plans that deliver high-end, locally sourced meat products right to your door across Ontario and Alberta. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of options around here – perhaps you have a favourite butcher or a favourite organic chicken farm. I’ve done it, but it also ate up a chunk of my time to drive from butcher to farm to market. I love the convenience of having all of our favourites already sourced for me and delivered right to my door. So here it goes! I’ve laid out how it all worked, the benefits I found and also some recipes we used that were favourites.
I ordered on a late Tuesday afternoon and when the delivery truck arrived the NEXT DAY with our first box, I was so excited! It seriously felt like Christmas…a carnivore like Christmas, if you’re into that. Being a family of 4, I ordered the regular box and chose the following:
8 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 package of chicken breakfast sausage rounds
2 packages of boneless/skinless chicken thighs
1 package of bone in, skin on chicken breasts
3 packages of grass fed ground beef
3 packages of grass fed flank steak
2 top sirloin steaks
2 packages of nitrate and sugar free bacon (mmmm…bacon)
When I added this up in my head of what we usually spend and my time, the price right there was definitely worth it. Quick math, it comes out to $56 a week. The kids and I also had a great time playing scientist and using the dry ice for a variety of “experiments” 🙂 #bonus
Lastly, truLOCAL now includes recipe cards each time you order. They are delicious, super simple to make with step by step instructions, they’re seasonal and holiday themed. No guessing when it comes to meal prep time!
Why we love truLOCAL
- QUALITY: Their meats are quality! They offer meats free of antibiotics and hormones, coming from free range animals. This means the animals have room to roam around and get exercise at local farms. They also do have a variety of grass fed options for their beef cuts. I love the idea that the fish (although I didn’t choose any this time around) is wild caught instead of coming from fish farms. This was super important to me. All the meats are super fresh and the packages are all vacuum sealed and individually packaged and are not prone to freezer burn! Currently they offer both grass fed & corn finished beef, grass fed & grass finished beef, grain fed chicken, grass fed chicken, vegetable fed pork, grass fed lamb & buffalo and wild-caught fish!
- CONVENIENCE: The box arrives with all of the meat frozen + on dry ice. You don’t have to go to the store/butcher/farms, or look out for sales to get the best prices…they deliver it right to you, and all you have to do is put it right into the freezer. I just think this is SO much easier than trying to worry about buying different things every week!
- LOCAL: truLocal has already sourced all meat products locally within Ontario. Everybody wants to shop and support local but it can be a challenge. We can now buy great products all from one place from amazing farmers and know where it’s coming from.
So is it worth it? Personally, I think it’s totally worth it. Between the convenience, amazing quality and fair price – it seems like a no brainer to me. If you want to give it a try and get all the goodness, redeem 10% off first regular size order or 1 FREE striploin steak in first small box using the code: CFBELLEVILLEVIP
If you want to follow our journey so far, get inspiration, check out instagram highlights! @crossfitbelleville
RECIPES TO TRY
Steak with Chimichurri and Parsnip Fries
Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash