Let’s face it: for parents with young kids, September is one of the busiest months of the year, and the last thing you want to have to think about amidst all the back-to-school busyness is grocery shopping.
Not only do you need to make sure that you have the school supplies and clothes your children need to start a new school year on the right foot, there are also lots of end-of-summer activities, barbecues, and social events you need to find time for before autumn sets in.
So it’s not surprising that lots of people are looking for ways to streamline their activities in September to make room for everything in the calendar. And one of the best ways to do this is by finding ways to make routine tasks easier to manage.
When it comes to routine tasks that most Canadians would prefer to avoid altogether, grocery shopping ranks highly. Not only does it take time out of your day, it can be difficult to co-ordinate when you have young children with you.
And this is on top of the fact that popping into the supermarket for bread, cheese, and milk often means walking out with other items you didn’t really plan on buying!
At truLOCAL, we are committed to making it easier to get healthy food, and if you are looking for simple monthly meat plans delivered to your door and live in British Columbia, Alberta, or Ontario, our fresh meat delivery service is the best way to have high-quality meat cuts from local producers delivered straight to your door.
If you want to find out how truLOCAL can help you make the back-to-school season less stressful, here are four ways truLOCAL can make your life easier this September.
1. truLOCAL Gives You Lots of Options
One of the biggest concerns many Canadians have about subscription meat delivery services is that they don’t offer the same range of choice available at a supermarket. While signing up to buy a section of a cow, for example, can be a great way to save money on meat, it does mean limiting yourself to a red meat diet, which is not ideal for everyone.
Using our website, it is easy for you to check out the different types of meat we offer through our delivery service. Not only do we offer standard fare like ground beef, delicious steaks, chicken thighs, wings, and breasts, and bacon, we also offer gourmet roasts, artisanal sausages, and seafood. You can even use truLOCAL to order bone broth and buffalo!
This means that even if your kids are truly picky eaters, you can build your order in such a way that it includes something for everyone. And you can change your order from month to month, too, stocking up on barbecue-friendly burgers, steaks, and ribs for the end of summer and then switching over to stewing beef, hearty hams and prime rib roasts for the autumn and winter.
Whatever your kids like to eat, we can guarantee that you’ll be able to find it in our truLOCAL product lists. And because we’re always adding new products, the options are constantly evolving — just like your children’s taste buds!
2. truLOCAL Makes Pricing Flexible
At truLOCAL, we understand that different families have different needs. If you have three or four children at home, chances are you want large, regular meat boxes that will keep everyone in the family feeling full and satisfied. If, on the other hand, you are only feeding yourself and one young child, the math is going to be different.
Furthermore, meat consumption varies widely between families, and what is a full meal’s worth of meat for some will barely be an appetizer for others.
This is why truLOCAL offers a wide range of meat delivery pricing options for your monthly order. Not only do we have two different box sizes (our smaller box is $125 per order, and our larger one is $249), because our subscription service lets you decide how often your meat box will be delivered, you have the freedom to choose to increase your order as you see fit.
For example, if you order one large box per month, you will be spending an average of $55.90 a week, but if you choose to have your box delivered every two weeks, you will get all the meat you need for a little over a hundred dollars a week.
Given that most Canadian families spend over two hundred dollars a week on groceries and a further $45 a week eating at restaurants, our meat box service is a pretty competitive option, especially when you factor in that our meat boxes contain premium, high-quality meat cuts from the best in-province producers, and that we deliver them straight to your door.
If you are curious to learn more about how truLOCAL can save you money, why not try a trial subscription today, or order a one-off delivery? Unlike many other meat subscription services, we don’t lock our customers into contracts or require them to sign on for a certain period of time. Beginning or ending your truLOCAL meat delivery subscription can easily be done online, and you can also opt to pause your service for a cycle if you want to take a break.
With all the back-to-school expenses parents rack up, we understand that September isn’t just a stressful month from the perspective of finding time for everything: it can also place a significant financial strain on families. This is why we’ve designed our delivery service to offer a range of different pricing options that will work for Canadians of any income bracket.
3. truLOCAL Makes Eating Healthy Easy
For parents of growing young children, health is a constant concern. How do you make sure that your kids are getting the vitamins and nutrients they need for an active life from the food they eat? How can you ensure not only that they’re getting enough protein, but that they are getting it from a healthy source?
This is partially due to the fact that, though we now have access to more health information than ever before, we are also surrounded by a culture that values speed and efficiency over quality and nutrition.
You may know that heavily processed meats are not a smart choice, but these foods are designed to be addictive, and committing to raising your children on a healthy diet means swimming against the current of the contemporary food system.
This makes it all the more important to ensure that when your kids go back to school this fall, the food in their lunch bag is not only wholesome, but also tasty. Evidence has shown time and again that simply trying to steer clear of bad food habits isn’t enough to build a healthy lifestyle, especially for children.
In addition to teaching your kids to say “no” to unhealthy junk food, you also need to teach them that they can say “yes” to healthy meals like these sheet pan steak fajitas made with sirloin steak from one of truLOCAL’s partners.
Encouraging your children to associate healthy eating with whole foods and rich flavours will do a lot to encourage their long-term wellness, as it trains them to focus not on self-denial, but on the real taste of whole foods and local, sustainably raised meats.
Of course, there will be times when you can afford to relax the house rules around healthy eating to enjoy some delicious treats, like this quick and delicious honey garlic wings recipe we’ve put together using truLOCAL free-range chicken from local, small-scale operations committed to producing healthy, nutritious chicken.
The key, as in most things related to health, is to focus on using whole foods and environmentally friendly ingredients and to prepare them at home so you know there are no unnecessary additives or trans fats being used in the cooking process.
And because truLOCAL delivers to addresses across Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta, you don’t have to make special trips to the butcher’s to find sustainable, locally raised meats. With truLOCAL you can build a meat box filled with healthy options from your browser, and it will show up on your doorstep within a few days.
The best part is because our meat is delivered in refrigerated boxes, you don’t even need to worry about making sure you’re home when the delivery arrives. Our meat is packed in dry ice, guaranteeing it will stay cold all day, and we deliver to houses, apartment buildings, offices, and even gyms — meaning you can receive your delivery in a way that is convenient for you.
4. truLOCAL Delivery Connects You to Producers
Not so long ago, most Canadians lived in communities where the majority of the meat they ate was coming from local farms. No one had to worry about how their meat was being produced, because they knew the farmer raising their steaks, chicken, and pork chops personally.
But as industrial food systems have spread their influence across the country, this kind of close connection is harder and harder to achieve. Most Canadians now live in cities, and few people born and raised in a city have ever visited a working cattle farm.
One of the things that makes truLOCAL’s approach truly innovative is that we are using the most modern communication technology available — the Internet — to recapture some of this connectedness by giving busy urbanites an opportunity to get to know where their food is coming from.
At truLOCAL, we are committed to connecting you to the source of your food. We offer complete transparency around who our partners are, so when you order lamb in Orillia or chicken in Red Deer, you know exactly which farm it is coming from.
This makes it easy for you to learn more about the philosophy and practices of our partners, and to get to know the people behind your food. This, in turn, can prove to be a valuable teaching moment for your kids.
Letting them help you place your order and then showing them which farm their meat is coming from is a great way to engage them in the process, raise their awareness about the importance of sustainability and the benefits of supporting the local economy.
After a long, restful August, September can feel like a hurricane of activity. This often has the unfortunate downside of throwing off all the plans and commitments to living a healthier, more active life you made during the quieter, more mindful months of summer.
If you want to make the back-to-school season more manageable while providing your children with the healthy, nourishing food they need to face the mental and physical challenges of a new school year and all the growth that comes with it, fresh meat delivery from truLOCAL is one of the best ways to do so.
Not only is truLOCAL convenient and affordable, because it is based on a philosophy of sustainability and environmental responsibility, but it is also a great way to ensure that you are getting the highest quality of meat available in Canada.
If you are interested in learning more about how truLOCAL can help you build a better diet for your entire family, why not start your first meat box today? Our no-strings-attached service options allow you to sample the best of what our local partners have to offer without making any long term commitments or signing any contracts.
The best part is, you’ll be getting fresh, tasty food that your kids will love delivered straight to your door. Get in touch with truLOCAL to find out how we can make back-to-school simple for you and your family this year!