Auckland

Like a walk in the park

Attempting to circumvent the ”status quo” industrial food system is not an easy thing, but an important one. One of the challenges is finding enough local growers and, with a ”just in time” direct supply chain, we can’t rely on all the buffers that a warehoused food system can fall back on.

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A delicious and nutritious fruit and vegetable smoothie recipe

A great way to use fruits and vegetables is in smoothies. Not only are there lots of different recipes available, they are super easy to make, taste great and thanks to the ingredients used, are very nutritious. Here’s a simple on using seasonal produce that you might get in your Ooooby box in June.

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Bananas! Local?

While the most ardent locavores might choose to not have bananas in their Ooooby box, the reality is that Kiwi’s like ’em. Did you know we import more bananas per head of population than almost any other nation (maybe something they give us that’s missing in our soil – I don’t know). So in the early days we polled our Ooooby customers to see if they wanted bananas in their boxes, and …

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Building a new food system

This is not an overnight change but in time and together, we can pull food production back closer to home, where it’s grown by people you can meet and shake hands with. This is a positive disruption with a goal of producing an abundance of nutrient-dense food to keep you, your family and your community healthy and strong.

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The Accidental Orchardist

It all started four years ago when he and Tiffany were on the hunt for a lifestyle block with the vision of establishing a food forest – a multi-species, multi-layered forest system of mostly perennial plants. Serendipity meant the property found them, and they became the new custodians of a 1/2 hectare citrus orchard.

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How to get the Ooooby box you want

When you sign up for Ooooby boxes, you will get access to your own Ooooby dashboard, from where you can adjust your orders 24/7. Each week that you have an Ooooby box coming, you will also be sent a “Sneak Peek” email. This will let you know what is planned for your upcoming box, what news or cool product we have on offer and finally what options you have to customise your order that week. You have several options to make sure you receive the Ooooby box that is best suited for you:

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Grow with Ooooby

Ooooby is building a community of discerning customers who greatly value knowing where their food comes and how it has been grown. They want high-quality, nutrient-dense, locally-sourced produce, and they trust us to find it for them. Ooooby exists to make local food easy and fair for these customers, and many more like them. We’re working to deliver great produce to our customers in towns and cities across New Zealand, Australia, and even California. The relationships each local hub has with its growers is central to how we operate. We want to work with and support smaller growers, and especially those using regenerative, sustainable farming methods.

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A Challenge Worth Taking On

While at first the de Jong’s listened to advice from the previous owners of their farm, it wasn’t until Frans applied his own background in analytical chemistry to processes at Southern Belle that the magic started to happen. “You start to look at things differently and understand the biological system,” Frans explains. “For example, learning to use predator insects to control harmful insects and beneficial soil microbes in the root zone to control root disease.” Frans took an experimental approach to soil fertility, nutrient and water management to establish the best, most sustainable way to grow nutrient-rich produce that requires as little spraying as possible.

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A Word From Be Nourished Founder Jo Nolan

What’s cool about sauerkraut and kimchi is that they can be used in so many creative ways in the kitchen – just check out our Helena Bay pesto recipe below. Or just simply use sauerkraut and kimchi as a great condiment that helps you not only digest your meal but also absorb nutrients from it. Our sauerkrauts and kimchi are created are made from local, seasonal, organic produce (certified where possible) and bursting with live cultures. I am very passionate about sourcing organic ingredients and supporting local growers.

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