How to Tailor a Food Box to Fit Your Lifestyle

How to Tailor a Food Box to Fit Your Lifestyle

There are an incredible number of reasons to order a food box or food bag for your produce needs. But did you know that you can tailor your box to suit your lifestyle? Did you know that food delivery doesn’t have to be one-size-fits-all? Keep reading to find out how flexible online grocery shopping can truly be with a service like Ooooby. 4 Ways to Make Food Delivery Work for You 1. Pick Your Perfect Size When you order a produce box, you can customize it. Planning meals for one or two? Get the smallest size. Feeding a big family of five or six? Go for a large box with bigger portions and variety. On the other hand, maybe you are planning on eating out one or two days during the week, or have an event on the weekend. Or maybe you have guests coming and will need to make a larger meal than usual. In these cases, change your order to a smaller box, a larger box, or you can even choose to skip your organic delivery that week. It’s that simple. 2. Add Extras or Pantry Staples You can add delicious extras to your box whenever you like. All of these add-ons are locally selected from producers and food artisans in your area. Grab some organic eggs or soft bread rolls. Treat yourself to a bar of gourmet chocolate and some fresh, fragrant tea or coffee. Other add-on examples include dried herbs, tasty jams, pancake mix, organic juice, oil and vinegar, a variety of dried fruit, and a lot more. These extras are especially convenient when you...
3 Ways an Online Farmers Market Can Help Simplify Your Life

3 Ways an Online Farmers Market Can Help Simplify Your Life

When you want the freshest produce, local farmers shopping their wares are your best bet.  Local growers from your vicinity bring all of their best crops to area markets, and you know you’re getting fruits and veggies that are ripe and delicious as well as sustainably farmed. But out of all the options at the outdoor market, who has the best lettuce? The lushest peaches? The most fragrant, fresh herbs? What if you have to travel to a few different markets to find what you need for the week? Sometimes investing in local or organic food for your family isn’t the most convenient thing in the world. Sometimes you just don’t have time to visit the local market, especially if it’s only open on the weekends. These things can definitely get in the way of obtaining the best produce. However, there is a solution that solves most, if not all, of these problems. An online farmer’s market takes the inconvenience out of purchasing local and organic produce. In fact, food delivery can simplify your life in a number of ways. Read more and find out how. Organic Delivery: 3 Ways a Food Box Makes Life Easier 1.      It Eliminates the Produce Trip The produce aisle of the supermarket is a landscape of choices. There are mountains of fruit and vegetables, all in a rainbow of colours and varieties. In this scenario, choosing gets complicated, not to mention stressful. Plus, you don’t really know where all of that food came from. Where was it grown? Who grew it? What methods did they use? Skip the guesswork and the waffling. Get...
Why Eating Seasonally from the Farmers Market Is a Smart, Tasty Choice

Why Eating Seasonally from the Farmers Market Is a Smart, Tasty Choice

The turn of each season brings a bounty of food with it. For many, the joys of eating seasonally are wrapped up in nostalgic memories. Memories of eating handfuls of blueberries straight from the bush in summer; tasting the ripe apples of early fall; and crunching through a field to find the perfect pumpkin all come to mind. In the winter, people look forward to eating hardy root vegetables, like carrots and parsnips, and filling soups and stews during the winter. In spring, tasting the first bright strawberries, flavours dancing across your tongue, is an exciting moment to anticipate every year. Each season has its own unique flavour to enjoy and savour. There are so many delicious reasons why you should eat real, seasonal food. 4 Reasons to Eat Seasonal, Farmers Market Produce 1. Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables Are Full of Nutrients Local, seasonal, organic food sold in the vicinity doesn’t have to travel far. This means it’s picked closer to peak ripeness than produce that is shipped in from far-away places. More time on the plant means more time to absorb nutrients from the sun and soil. Nutrient-loss is much lower, too. Seasonal fruits and veggies retain their vitamins and minerals because soon after they’re picked, it isn’t long before they’re used. Industrial-grown produce, on the other hand, is picked far before it’s ripe and sits in wait on trucks, in warehouses, and on shelves before it’s actually bought for eating. During this long period, it loses a lot of those precious nutrients. 2. Eating Seasonally Saves Your Wallet Eating apples in the spring, fresh lettuce or berries...
Make Dinnertime Less Stressful with an Organic Food Box

Make Dinnertime Less Stressful with an Organic Food Box

Dinnertime is stressful enough. You have to plan out meals, buy the right ingredients, and find time to cook recipes for your whole family that are both healthy and filling. What if dinner could be more relaxing instead of a hassle? Could you simplify it? What if you could skip trips to the produce aisle, make fewer voyages to the food market, and still get fresh, delicious, organic food? If all of this sounds good, then an organic food box delivered to your door is the right answer for you. How Food Delivery Eases Stress and Simplifies Your Life Skip The Grocery Store Trips Grocery store trips can be confusing and time-consuming. Hundreds and hundreds of product labels scream for your attention in block letters. Food labels regularly make bold claims that are often misleading, such as “All-Natural,” “Contains 100% Fruit,” and “Contains Organic Ingredients.” As smart shoppers know, these are claims you can’t always trust. It’s doubly difficult to weed through the noise and find food and produce that is plain-old good for you. What all of this amounts to: grocery store trips filled with stress and hassle. This is why food boxes and food bags are so convenient. You don’t have to deal with everything that comes with a store trip, and you avoid crowds along with tough choices. Good organic food, sustainably farmed and harvested, is delivered to your door, so all you have to do is grab the essentials to make delicious, healthy meals. Avoid Confusing Choices and Simplify Your Options At the supermarket, you don’t know how long those apples have been sitting there, or...
Make an Impact in Your Community by Supporting Local and Organic Farming

Make an Impact in Your Community by Supporting Local and Organic Farming

You’re a conscious and conscientious consumer. You care about where you put your hard-earned money, and what businesses you’re supporting by handing over those bills. You care about the quality of food that you put on your table. You care about where it comes from. You care – and that’s fantastic. Here’s how you make a real difference when you show that you care about your local food system by using farmers markets and food delivery, starting with the contrast between local and industrial food systems. How Local, Real Food and Industrial Food Systems Contrast Local food is sold in the vicinity where it’s grown. It isn’t shipped hundreds or even thousands of miles to reach supermarket shelves, and it generally isn’t picked before it’s ripe. Local food is available for the local community. The farming practices for local food are different from the norm, too. Real food is picked and sold within a few days – sometimes even on the same day. It’s perfectly fresh and ripe, and it got all the time it needed on the tree, vine, bush, or plant. Local organic farming practices also mean that the land in the area is healthier. It’s tended with sustainability and energy-conservation in mind, as well as natural methods to keep pests and weeds at bay, without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In contrast, industrial food systems are focused on profit alone. Food is shipped far and wide. It’s picked long before it’s ripe, because that way it will last longer and not spoil before it lands on supermarket shelves in produce aisles. Fields are sprayed liberally with pesticides,...
What Is An Organic Delivery Service?

What Is An Organic Delivery Service?

There are a couple of hassles involved with any kind of produce shopping. Number one, you want the freshest produce with the best taste. Unfortunately, at conventional stores, the options are often slim. The fruits are old and bruised, the vegetables have been sitting in a warehouse for weeks, and once you get them home and take a bite, the taste leaves something to be desired. The farmers market has much better produce – fresher, tastier, and all-around more flavourful. You know it was picked only a day or two ago, or maybe even that morning. The problem here is selection and time. The market might only be open certain days during the week, and sometimes you just don’t have room in your schedule to make a pit stop. The selection is wonderful, but you’re not sure which vendor to choose for lettuce, or who has the best tomatoes. Here is where an organic delivery service swoops in to save the day. An online farmers market like Ooooby does the leg-work for you: choosing the freshest, best local produce that’s in season from reliable, organic growers and farmers, boxing it up, and sending it straight to your doorstep. Read on for more details on what sets an online market apart from the other options, and why you should choose online grocery shopping. Online Farmers Markets: The Basics Organic Food, Sustainably Sourced & Carefully Selected No more standing in the produce department, agonizing over which box of strawberries looks the best. No more picking up each and every avocado for sale and measuring their firmness. No more wandering through a...
6 Benefits of Cooking With Seasonal Produce

6 Benefits of Cooking With Seasonal Produce

There are so many benefits of eating local! Your produce is juicier and more delicious, and it tastes fresher because it hasn’t travelled many miles from a factory farm. One aspect of eating locally is that you must pick your produce by what’s in-season. Eating seasonally means that you eat what’s grown locally and what’s in-season. Most countries host a vast selection of delicious fruits and vegetables that grow throughout the year. Having food year-round means you have a delicious dinner in store for you every day of the year. This is what makes eating seasonally so exciting! We’ve put together a few reasons for why you should consider eating seasonally. 1. You Can Taste the Difference With Fresh Produce Trust us; fruit that has just been picked from the tree is juicier and more delicious. Food that is imported from different areas or even different countries will sit in distribution centres before it gets to you, so the taste just isn’t as delicious as local, seasonal fruit. 2. Fresh Produce Has Higher Nutritional Value Because the produce has not been sitting on a shelf for hours, it can be consumed closer to harvest. When you consume produce fresh from harvest, the produce is higher in nutritional value. Take a look next time you’re in a super market: fresh fruit will be brighter in colour and look the juiciest! In addition, food that has travelled far will most likely be sprayed with preservatives. 3. Eating Seasonally Matches Your Seasonal Needs Have you ever noticed how most fruit grows in the summer, and heavier vegetables grow in the winter? That’s...

3 Reasons to Eat Fresh, Local, Organic Food

Imagine summer days picking ripe, red strawberries in the garden, or plucking sweet-tart raspberries straight from the bush. Think about autumn afternoons in an orchard, choosing the crispest, juiciest apples. Why does fresh-picked produce taste so much better than the stuff you can get at the store? Why do fruits and veggies that are in-season have so much more flavour? Read more for the answer, as well as reasons you should think about buying fresh, local, and organic food. 1.    Local Produce Gets More Time on the Vine, Plant, or Tree Produce you purchase from a farmer’s market that’s locally grown doesn’t have to travel far to get to you. It’s usually picked at the peak of ripeness and then is available for sale right away. This is in stark contrast to grocery store produce, which most likely travels hundreds of miles and is picked well before it’s ripe. In comparison, local, organic fruits and veggies picked at their peak have advantages over store produce that has been sitting for weeks on the shelf: More Nutrients Since local produce has more time to ripen, and you get it as soon as it’s ripe, it retains more nutrients than food that has been shipped from far-away locales and sits in warehouses. Better Flavour Produce that gets longer to ripen before it is picked tastes better. For instance, you’ll notice the difference between an organic, local peach and a store-bought peach right when you take that first bite. One is bursting with flavour; the other is, in a word, lacklustre. Better flavour in locally grown produce equals better-tasting recipes, too. 2.   ...
Supercharge Your Health by Eating Fresh, Local Food

Supercharge Your Health by Eating Fresh, Local Food

Eating fresh local food is critical to maintaining great health. With the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables dropping soon after harvest, how can we mitigate this? Nutrient loss is minimized by cold storage of produce, but even in refrigeration, the drop continues. Imagine how depleted of valuable nutrients your produce is when your food has sometimes traveled 2,500 miles before it even gets to the store! Having access to eat fresh, local food is a much better choice. Most of today’s consumers want to know where their food comes from. According to Choice.com.au’s survey, knowing the origin of food is as important as price. The government in Australia is currently releasing labels that identify the country of origin for products, but that may not answer all of a consumer’s questions. As to the major grocers in Australia and their commitment to offering Australian or local fruits and veggies, here are their official statements: Cole’s has made a few commitments to source parts of their frozen veggies from Aussie farmers via contracts with Simplot and Ardmona. Woolworth’s has a similar commitment, has contracts with Simplot and Ardmona, and they do not use any genetically modified foods in their own brands. According to Choice.com.au’s Rachel Clemons, Aldi’s engages in a bit of double-speak by saying that while they try to source locally, if the quantity or quality is not available locally, they import from overseas. The Top 10 Nutritional Elements Necessary For Peak Performance  Whether you are a desk jockey or an athlete, you are what you eat. What you eat determines how well you perform on sedentary tasks as...
Making Organic Food Fun and Affordable on a Family Budget

Making Organic Food Fun and Affordable on a Family Budget

Mahatma Gandhi urged us to be the change we want to see in the world. In a culture of prepackaged food and artificial ingredients, one of the best ways we can be that change is to eat organic and naturally grown produce from local farmers. If we want to see fewer chemicals in our families bellies, we must begin by buying fresh and organic food raised locally at farmers markets. The nature of organic and natural farming Organic and natural farmers learn the nature and needs of the soil they use for growing crops. They know that the quality of that soil has a profound effect on what comes out of it. Building healthy soils results in growing healthy plants. Organic crops require a lot more than just dumping chemicals around plants to control weeds and to fertilize them, and pretending the chemicals do not leach into the plants, filling them with toxins. Organic and natural farmers rely on weeding by hand, mechanical weed control, mulching, crop rotation, cover crops, and dense planting to provide plants with the proper nutrients for growth. This means that the organic produce you feed your family is more nutrient dense than their chemically raised counterparts. It also tastes better. 8 Fun facts about veggies Getting to know your vegetables is part of the fun of getting a local and fresh produce box from Ooooby, as they are packed with a variety of seasonal produce. Here are some interesting veggie factoids: White potatoes, a good source of fiber when baked, were cultivated first by South American Andes Mountain Indians. Did you know that tomatoes...