Rolling Oasis Grocers saves you time and money through a weekly home delivery subscription of organic fruits and vegetables at competitive prices by bicycle in select parts of Portland.
Buying great food should be a joy, not a hassle. Home deliveries helps return that joy by removing another trip to Fred Meyer from your week and lets you spend that time with family.
All the fruit and veggies in every week’s bag is organically grown – no fake fertilizers, no fake pesticides, no fake genes. Real food that’s really good for the land.
You get what you pay for – there’s no markup for delivery. You’re getting roughly the same prices you’ll see at Freddy’s. Often, we significantly undercutting the prices of the big guys.
We are Powered by Vocoform, a cadre of values-based entrepreneurs facilitating vocational formation among at-risk youth. New routes will be operated by Vocoform interns, eventually providing the dignity of business ownership to neighbors.
Most of the food is from Cascadia most of the time. That supports small farms and keeps dollars closer to Lents. As a bonus, it keeps me in Lents, where I’ve been since 2008.
What are people saying?
“The price is great, and I love the surprise factor. My kids look forward to the Big Green Bag that magically arrives every Thursday and are excited to try everything that’s delivered.”
Heather, SE 100th
“It brings my children much joy to see Rolling Oasis Grocery arrive at our house by bicycle and they love tearing into the bag to see what surprises await them!”
David, SE 85th
How’s it work?
2. Share your tastes
Tell us which fruits & veggies you love and which you love less. We’ll prepare each week’s deliveries with your desires in our hearts. We’ll even adjust your bag according to what’s growing in your garden.
3. Get Deliveries
Save time and money every week as weather-resistant bags brimming with organic produce are delivered to your door by bicycle.
4. Exchange bags weekly
Put that fancy bag from last week’s deliveries back on the porch on Thursday morning. When you get home it’ll be replaced with a full one!
In a word, balance. Expect three kinds of fruit, a couple roastable items, something leafy, and something in the snack/crunchy category.
For example, December’s first delivery included 3 NW Granny Smith apples, four tangelos, a half-pint of raspberries, 5 pounds of Russet potatoes, 2 pounds of local beets, 1 pound of NW carrots, a head of kale, and an avocado. All for $20.
I also include a flyer in each bag with a recipe that uses a few of that week’s items as ingredients, descriptions of where some of the food comes from, and notices about what’s happening in the neighborhood that week.
There are many reasons your neighbors are subscribed to Rolling Oasis Grocers. The biggest ones we hear are:
+ Save time: making a trip to the store just for produce is a hassle. Especially if you don’t have a car.
+ Save money: The store value of what’s in a weekly bin is pretty close to what you’d pay at Fred Meyer.
+ We’re Lents Grown: Studies show that far more money stays circulating in the neighborhood when you buy from a local vendor as opposed to a larger chain. Which means my income will be showing up at Oliver’s Café, the Eagle Eye, Working Class Acupuncture, Tony’s Garden Supply, and Jiffy Mart for my growler refills.
All of it’s organically grown, and its locality really depends on time of year. It’s hard to source locally in January, but in the summer and fall, expect deliveries with 75-100% of items sourced from farms and orchards in Cascadia.
No way! Let me know and I’ll sub them out for more of something you like. But be careful! The longer your ”ewww list,” though, the less balance you’ll find in your deliveries.
Half of the value of Rolling Oasis Grocers is convenience: less worry about making a shopping list each week. With us you’re getting some staples that anyone can cook with without having to always be thinking about what you need to get next.
Which isn’t to say you don’t have a voice: you do! Each week there’s a feedback card. Tell me what you liked, what you’d like more or less of, and if a trend emerges then you’ll see things change with future deliveries.
Because I love it here!
Also: I don’t want to bicycle any farther than that.
Also: I’d rather help others set up similar social enterprises in their neighborhood than do it myself.
I need two things to expand service to your neighborhood – someone to operate the route, and thirty residents or workplaces who’ll subscribe for at least three months. Add your name to the waiting list!
First off, that’s not a question. But it’s a great idea! To get your jubilee on in this manner, send me an email and I’ll walk you through how to do that.