Our first week trial run of local CSA company OOOOBY was a success. Every single item from last Tuesday’s CSA box was eaten before the next box was delivered although for a moment it looked like we weren’t going to get through all the fruit. But a solid weekend of fruit eating got us through the lot. I picked up a trick via Youtube on how to prepare kiwifruit and having pieces of ready to eat fruit on a platter made it more enticing. It was so much fun peeling kiwfruit this way, once I started, I couldn’t stop.
Last week our CSA box included:
- 1 garlic (self certified organic)
- 1 red skinned turnip (self certified organic)
- 6 carrots (conventional sprays)
- 1 fennel (certified organic)
- 2 brown onions (certified organic)
- A couple bunches of silverbeet (certified organic)
- 6 agria potatoes (certified organic)
- 1 large bunch of Italian parsley (Certified Organic)
- 6 newstead gold apples (conventional sprays)
- 3 mandarins or naval oranges (BioGro certified)
- 9 green kiwifruit (certified organic)
Meals for week 1 included:
- Baked chicken drumsticks with roast vegetables: red-skinned turnip*, carrots*, garlic*, onion*
- Steak with garlic* and italian parsley* roast potatoes* served with buttered green beans and carrots*
- Pan-fried salmon fillet with sautéed silverbeet*, garlic*, chili on white rice
- Corned beef with fennel*, potato and carrot*.
- Bangers and mash* with sautéed silverbeet* and carrot*
- Potato* and leek soup with bacon bones served with butterey garlic* toast.
- Baked Newstead Gold Apple* pudding
- Fruit platter* with oranges and green kiwifruit
* From CSA box.
I was worried there would be too much food but we ate all the delivered vegetables plus a few extras that we bought outside of the CSA box: green beans, leeks, chili and extra potatoes.
Last week, we bought a whopping 10kg bag of potatoes for $6 from our local supermarket, so I’ve requested that we no longer receive potatoes in our CSA box. We usually buy 4kg or 5kg bags, but since the 4kg bag was $7, it was actually cheaper outright to buy the 10kg bag for $6. The potatoes are covered in dirt and great quality. I used to buy washed potatoes but I have since found that unwashed potatoes not only stay fresh longer, but they taste more potatoey.
It’s amazing how many potatoes two people can eat in a week and while I didn’t think we were going to eat 10kg before they went bad, I now am confident that we will have no trouble getting through the lot.
OOOOBY emails and Week 2
By the way
I am in no way affiliated with OOOOBY and we paid for our box and add-ons with our own hard earned money. This is a review and not an advertisement. But if you would like to join OOOOBY, contact me about their their refer-a-friend scheme and we’ll get a free loaf of bread each. Your choice of kumara sourdough, ciabatta, mixed grain or even gluten free. Choice!
Read my other posts about CSA here.