Waikato

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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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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Growing together in the Waikato

It has been a while in the making, but the newest Ooooby hub in the Waikato is now truly off the ground. Last week the first boxes full of Waikato grown produce only were packed in Hamilton and shipped off to our customers. Lemons from Rotokauri, Spinach from Te Awamutu, tomatoes from the “Tomato man” in Cambridge and Capsicums from Southern Belle Orchard in Matamata. So much good produce is grown in the Waikato, truly the food basket of New Zealand.

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Hamilton Sorting Hub

While the Auckland Ooooby crew continue to pack your boxes in the Mt Wellington hub but steps are underway to establish a Waikato sorting hub. Firstly we need to grow to 120 active customers, and that’s where you come in. If you are happy with the Ooooby produce and our service, then please tell your friends.

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