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...
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...
Building a new food system

Building a new food system

The ‘super market’ came on the scene in New Zealand, around 60 years ago promising diversity and an abundance of cheap produce. At that time only 54% of New Zealand households had access to a refrigerator, so most Kiwis were shopping on an ‘as needed basis’. The local butcher, greengrocer and corner dairy were the most visited shops. Tom Ah Chee built the first Foodtown supermarket in 1958 with business partners Norm Kent and John Brown. The 1,400 square metre store was opened on a 1.1-hectare site at Otahuhu and boasted 118 car-parking spaces. It proved such a success that a second Foodtown was opened in nearby Takanini, three years later. The store offered convenience, by selling meat and produce as well as other grocery items. Tom Ah Chee, had observed retailing trends in the United States and also knew that an increasing number of Kiwis had cars. He figured that if his business offered free car parking, ‘then all those cars would belong to my customers’. The rest, as they say, is history. More and bigger In Christchurch the city’s first supermarket opened in 1963. The site of Riccarton Mall is shown here in the early 1960s, as the foundations were laid. By the 2000s the mall had expanded to fill the entire block. Throughout the country local authorities began to plan for new shopping centres as suburbs grew and car ownership increased. In 2007 the Foodstuffs group accounted for around 55% of the nation’s grocery turnover. It had about 850 stores operating under the PAK’nSAVE, New World, Write Price, On the Spot and Four Square brands. Progressive Enterprises, which operated Foodtown, Woolworths, Countdown, Fresh Choice and Super Value...