New recipe from Renee: watermelon, feta & mint salad

New recipe from Renee: watermelon, feta & mint salad

Especially for the warm summer days, Renee put together an unlikely combo. But when foolproof in its success and so charmingly bright, why not give it a shot? The fresh, sweet crunch of the watermelon balances the salty creaminess of the goat feta and the citrus and mint cut in to make it a simply moreish mouthful. You’ll be tickled pink. Ingredients Serves 4 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 200g of goat feta, cut into cubes ½ a watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes 3 tablespoons lime juice Salt and freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons of chopped mint leaves Method Drizzle the olive oil onto the feta and set aside Flick out any visible pips from the watermelon with a small knife Gently toss the feta and watermelon together and pour the lime juice over top Drizzle the remaining oil from the feta over top of the mix Season with salt and pepper to taste (go easy on the salt as the feta is naturally quite salty) Scatter with the chopped...
A detox guide for your fresh start

A detox guide for your fresh start

It’s 2016 and time to get back on the healthy track. After fabulous Christmas dinners, parties and treats, you probably crave getting back to that healthy feeling again. So let’s start detoxing! Here’s is what you need to know, be aware of and most important what to eat. The liver is your detox buddy The liver is you main cleansing organ, so starting your 2016 detox would include food that improves your liver function. This comes down to a few elements: moderate carbs limit fructose intake less Omega-6 fatty acids, more Omega-3 fatty acids add choline Your liver is also responsible for producing bile. Bile is another form of detoxification that is metabolically necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of fats and proteins from your food. It is important that you properly maintain your liver because without a well-functioning liver, your body will be unable to cleanse itself or absorb nutrients properly. And besides a New Year’s resolution, your liver will thank you for a detox once in a while. Be aware of detox symptoms Beware of the fact that detox symptoms may occur, so they don’t scare you off. Symptoms can include intense cravings, headaches, fatigue, nausea, etc. This happens because your body does not have to deal with all the attacks from harmful foods and actually gets the chance of dealing with cleaning up. What to eat Now it comes to the practical part: what to eat. Here are some foods that will help you cleanse and get rid of all the toxins in your system. Grapefruit, lemons and limes The powerful nutrient combination of fiber, potassium,...
Living a Paleo life

Living a Paleo life

I think we’re all looking for that diet that suits our daily live, health, body and mind best. Of course there are multiple diets that tell you about the most healthy lifestyle, but personally I think that can be quite overwhelming sometimes. So I wanted to dive into different diets to find out what they actually entail, starting with the Paleo diet. I want to hear the juicy details from persons that have embraced that lifestyle and tell you the real ins and outs. Most of us have heard about a Paleo diet and know roughly what that means. A quick Google search will tell you Paleo is a diet based on animal foods, (wild) vegetables, fruits in season, along with limited amounts of nuts and seeds. But to dig up the details about this lifestyle who better to ask than our own Ooooby team member Daphne! Why Paleo? Paleo fit my intention to eat real food the best. So I started to do some research online, The first time I heard about it was on a blog called Mark’s Daily Apple. It just made sense to me: eating the way our body expects us to eat, evolutionarily seen. The whole concept is basically based on the fact that our diet has been stable for 1000s of years. It only has changed rapidly the last 100 years. We started to change our food, add new elements to it and created a massive amount of new products. My grannie wouldn’t even recognise half the products in the supermarkets now.  The Paleo lifestyle brings you back to the core foods you body actually wants...
Why 52% of fresh food produce is wasted and how can we change our food system

Why 52% of fresh food produce is wasted and how can we change our food system

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is on a rampage to expose the ridiculous levels of food waste caused by our modern food systems. Hugh’s War on Waste programme on BBC tells the story of a Norfolk veg farmers who were forced to discard 40% of their harvest because they were too long, too short or just wonky which equates to approximately 20 tonnes of parsnips each week. The percentage of food going to waste has been steadily increasing over the last 40 years and is now reaching ludicrous proportions. This is clearly unsustainable and begs the question ‘what can we do to reverse this trend?’ Our current food waste numbers It’s estimated that around 24% of fresh produce is wasted before it reaches the supermarkets, 9% is binned by the supermarkets and another 19% is tossed before it reaches our forks resulting in less than half  getting into our bellies.* The diagram above shows that the largest proportion of waste (24%) comes from farmers growing more than the supermarkets buy.  They do this for two reasons; the supermarket sales model is based on visual merchandising which means that they only want cosmetically beautiful food forcing the farmer to cull anything that isn’t picture book perfect, and the supermarket supply chain requires food to be in transit and sit on shelves for a long time, so even the smallest blemishes need to be eliminated in case they spread over time and betray the lack of freshness of the whole batch. The remaining part of supply chain waste (9%) comes from food that is left on the shelf.  This is the result of merchandising psychology....
First Ooooby spuds – Matakana

First Ooooby spuds – Matakana

We wanted to share a photo with you of our first Ooooby spuds. We’ve worked all winter to convert a sheep paddock into a growing area and it’s pretty exciting to think that next week we’ll be supplying the Matakana hub with fresh dug local new potatoes.   Louise and I heard about Ooooby at the Beyond Organic NZ Tour workshop in March, then attended the Ooooby Matakana set up meetings. We just felt that Ooooby presented a really cool way to connect with the land and the local community. And that is “money can’t buy stuff” that people readily associate with. We’ve been enjoying being Ooooby packers – the Matakana team are lovely people and we have a lot of fun every Tuesday, and to be growing just adds to the mix. We are committed to seeing this Ooooby thing work.   I saw how nervous Pete was at the first investor roadshow meeting at AUT and I thought “this means a lot to this guy”. The simple act of feeling empathy for someone that is prepared to put it all out there got me thinking, “yeah, I’ll try and help this effort as much as I can”.   Like everything in life there are some commercial realities. Adam Smith’s reference to the “invisible hand” in 1776 is still very relevant today. People are innately motivated to service their own needs and by doing that they ensure the efficient allocation of resources within an economy (as if drawn by an invisible hand). Ergo, money will always find it’s best use. Ooooby like every other business has to operate within that paradigm.   In Matakana, we...
Is Ooooby produce Organic?

Is Ooooby produce Organic?

We are often asked if our Ooooby boxes are “Organic” so here’s our response – and yes, it’s a little bit more than a simple Yes or No. Firstly it will be up to the local hub whether they offer conventional, as well organic boxes, but the trend is for hubs to go the organic route in response to increasing demand for healthy, local natural food. Auckland, Waikato and Matakana hubs offer both, while Christchurch, Sydney and Fresno only offer organic. It’s worth noting that the certified organic classification, while an ideal puts a limit on the variety of produce that can be offered and sometimes means that produce has to travel a long way to get to the customer. As a way to illustrate the Ooooby approach we have mapped the possibilities of food sources on two intersecting continuums, between Natural––Artificial and Local––Far Far Away. Our Mission The Ooooby mission is to rebuild the local food system and make local food convenient, affordable and fair everywhere. In order to do this, we have to acknowledge the realities of our current ‘broken’ food system and limited local supply of natural produce. Our approach is to build a base of customers and work hard to give them as much as we can of what they expect, need and desire, while educating and steering them towards local and natural. In the early days we asked our customers if they wanted Bananas, because we can’t source enough locally and would have to go long-distance to get them. We received a resounding “Yes!” so we get Organic Fair Trade bananas via All Good....