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Save Money, Eat Healthy

This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 9:43 AM

Sarnia, ON - Saving money and eating healthy almost sounds like an impossible mission. It's not. The answer is the Garden Fresh Box.

According to a food-cost survey conducted by Lambton Public Health at seven grocery stores in Lambton County last May, items in the Garden Fresh Box (GFB) were $8 per box lower than store prices.

"That's $8 per box savings for fresh vegetables and fruit," says Connie VanBellinghen, Registered Dietitian with Lambton Public Health.

The Garden Fresh Box is a monthly, food-buying club for fresh vegetables and fruit available at locations across Lambton. Contents change monthly based on the season, what local produce is available, and the quality and price of items available. Sarnia Produce provides all produce for the GFB.

Orders include the Garden Fresh News featuring easy recipes and nutrition information.

Here is a typical sample of contents:

  • $5 fruit bag: apples, bananas, oranges, pears and seasonal fruit
  • $5 vegetable bag: lettuce, baby carrots, tomato, sweet pepper, cucumber
  • $10 vegetable and fruit box: 5 pounds potatoes, 2 pounds carrots, 2 pounds onions, 3 pounds apples, 1 squash, 1 broccoli, 2 oranges
  • $15 vegetables and fruit box: 10 pounds potatoes, 5 pounds carrots, 5 pounds onions, 3 pounds apples, 1 squash, 1 broccoli, 4 oranges, 1 cucumber

Ordering is simple.

  1. Find a Garden Fresh Box site near you or call 519-344-2062 ext. 2111, toll-free 1-800-387-2882.
  2. Pay for your order at a GFB site by the first Friday of the month.
  3. Return to the same GFB site during the third week of the month to get your order. Pickup day is Wednesday or Thursday, depending on location.

For more information call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331, toll-free 1-800-667-8331 or visit


Please contact:

Connie VanBellinghen
Registered Dietitian
County of Lambton
519-344-2057 ext. 2349