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...
How to get the Ooooby box you want

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: 1. Do nothing and receive the box as listed in your Ooooby dashboard Every week our Supply Coordinator goes out of her or his way to plan a varied and balanced Ooooby box for each of the types we offer. Taking into account is what was in the boxes last week, and the week before, what is in season right now and good value, what will go well together to make a nice meal and ensuring a good balance between starchy, leafy and fibrous vegetables and the best in-season fruit. To take the headspace out of your produce shopping, this is your set-it-and-forget option. Just check out the box list to plan the rest of your groceries that week or don’t even look at it to be surprised every week with a box full of healthy goodness. 2. Request a swap In any given week you can swap up to three items out of your box. You can exclude items just once off, or add them to your permanent “no-thanks” list to exclude them automatically from all your boxes. We will...
Living off the land: The joy of self-sufficiency and how to get started

Living off the land: The joy of self-sufficiency and how to get started

New Zealanders are wonderfully connected to nature. It was one of the first things I noticed when I arrived here from the UK three years ago. Over here, hiking is awesome no matter what your age, camping doesn’t need Glastonbury to totally rock and without fail, every change of seasons sparks a million conversations between foodies excited for what the new harvest has to offer. Such respect for nature seems to nurture a greater, more sincere appetite among New Zealanders to attempt self-sufficiency. At least everyone I know – whether they rent or own a property – makes the best of their outside space by growing at least one fresh food item at home. Put ‘self-sufficient living NZ’ into Google though and it returns dozens of blogs, news articles and forums dedicated to the topic, often the word ‘dream’ alongside it or slightly less optimistic phrases or questions such as: ’reality check’, or quite simply: ‘is it possible?’. So how closely does the idea, or indeed the dream, of becoming self-sufficient, match up with reality? And for those of us to whom the word ‘pot’ means nothing more than a cooking utensil, how best to make a start? Anna Mahy, who owns Preserved Cook School & Eatery with her husband John, says the key is to start small and simply. At Preserved, Anna and John teach students traditional methods of salting, fermenting, curing, preserving and pickling food. The couple pride themselves on growing much of their own food and partner with their community to plug the gaps. “Getting started is easy,” Anna assured me. “Put a herb pot in your...
A Challenge Worth Taking On

A Challenge Worth Taking On

When I first reach Frans de Jong at his Matamata orchard Southern Belle, he asks me to call him back in five minutes since he’s busy checking the weather. “A very important part of the job,” Frans tells me through a joyous laugh and a thick Netherlands accent. A family-run business, Southern Belle is the current supplier of delicious Red Sweetpoint capsicums to dozens of Ooooby customers each week. It also produces feijoas. Last April the orchard was announced Supreme winner of the Waikato Farm Environment Awards where it collected the Harvest Award, the Innovation Award, the Integrated Management Award and the Soil Management Award. “It was very humbling,” says Frans who tells me that his arm had to be twisted to even enter the competition. “As a family, we usually work longer hours than most. But I’d like to turn that into a positive.” Frans credits marking oneself out from the crowd as the biggest challenge for smallholders and a factor likely to determine whether or not they will achieve success. “We’ve established ourselves as a quality grower by doing things totally differently,” he tells me. “That’s not to say it’s always easy to do, but you have differentiate yourself to make it work.” So how did he do it? 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...