Conquering The Picky Eater

The best-laid meal plans fall apart the moment you introduce a picky 11-year old eater. That was the challenge Shelby, a 44-year-old mother, would face on a nightly basis.

The family of four grows to a family of five during hockey season when they billet a player from the Windsor Spitfires. They started receiving home deliveries from Lee & Maria’s in 2015 because of a desire to buy local as much as possible.

The delivery does the leg work

“My bin saves me a trip to the shops,” says Shelby. “The delivery does the leg work, providing me locally sourced products that aren’t easy to find in one single grocery store.”

Lee & Maria’s, a 40-acre Kingsville farm and the on-farm market started delivering to homes and businesses across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent in 2012. Busy moms like Shelby can sign-up through the farm’s website.

“Healthier food options arriving at the doorstep has made it exciting even for my picky 11-year-old daughter, who doesn’t always get very excited with fruit and vegetable snack options,” Shelby continues. “Our bin delivery assures us some great choices to incorporate into our meals.”

Lee & Maria's: Shelby Keech with her kids.

My fridge is always stocked with excellent food choices for my family.

Each week Shelby receives an email, letting her know the menu for the following week is open. She can then log into her account and make any substitutions to the order she would like. She can also add on to her order from the online shop which includes over 150 items, ranging from the staples like bread and eggs to organic grocery items and choices for people with special dietary needs.

“I love having all the fresh local produce, as well as eggs and other options accessible to me and delivered to my doorstep,” she says. “My fridge is always stocked with excellent food choices for my family.”

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Kevin Black