A little while ago I posted a photo on the Eat Rio Facebook page of a rather unusual avocado which appeared to be 8.5 months pregnant…
The ‘Preg-ocado’ (Portuguese: Grávidabacate) came to me in something rather exciting – an organic grocery delivery!
I love to grow plants – my window-boxes and roof-terrace are currently home to chilli peppers, herbs and even a couple of fruit trees – but I don’t have the space or time for lettuces, avocados and green beans, etc. So when Mrs Eat Rio told me she had heard there was a guy delivering organic produce in Rio, I was keen to know more.
The details I got at the time were a bit sketchy, but I have since been able to find a bit more information. The service is run by a guy called Paulo Abreu. Paulo has an organic farm up in Teresópolis (around 100km north of Rio) and is a regular at an organic market called Feira Agroecológica de Teresópolis which runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
I’m a big fan of markets in general and this looks like a good one, with a wide variety of produce and also music and other good things going on.
Sadly we can’t all make it to Teresópolis for our organic groceries so one alternative is Paulo’s delivery service. This is pretty low-tech – there’s no on-line ordering, on-line payment or even a website. But when things are simple there is less to go wrong! To order from Paulo, all you need is a spreadsheet and an email address (see the bottom of this post).
Once you’ve emailed your order, Paulo’s son Mario drives the produce into Rio twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and he very kindly even brought the bags up to our kitchen as part of his delivery service! One rather nice aspect of all this is the price – I haven’t done a thorough price comparison, but at a glance the prices look reasonable.
I’m guessing that some of the items on the list are only available at certain times of year, but may I just highlight the fact that Limão Galego is on the list? At R$5 for a dozen, you need never be without a spectacular caipirinha again!
If you prefer to do your organic shopping at an actual market then check out the organic market in Glória on Saturday mornings.