This week marks the end of an era for our family. ¬†It was the first week in 11-1/2 years that we were no longer enrolled in an organic produce delivery service. ¬†That service, Absolute Organics, has been discontinued as¬†its owners, Steve and Vonda Hodun, redirect their energies to other pursuits.
I have never met Steve or Vonda in person, but I think of them as family. ¬†For those 11-1/2 years, we exchanged weekly emails, recipes, and stories about interesting and exotic vegetables. Their little boy grew up and so did our “little” girl. Most importantly, their stewardship of their incredible family business brought numerous new fruits and vegetables to our doorstep, forever altering our perspectives and our palates.
Yesterday, I shopped for produce without considering what was coming in my next delivery for the first time in a very long time. Absolute Organics was there though, in my mind, as I thought about what I’d want to cook this week and how much those choices have been influenced by my virtual produce family.
Vonda and Steve, I can’t thank you enough for your vision and seemingly tireless service! ¬†We salute you!