Culinary Adventures, Fruit and Vege / CSA box
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OOOOBY Box Week 2

To get more efficient in our grocery shops this winter, we are replacing the 2 to 3 trips per week to the market, with a weekly CSA delivery of fruit and vegetables. I plan on topping this up with a fortnightly trip to (or maybe even delivery from) traditional supermarket and a fortnightly trip to Nosh (a local gourmet food store). Local CSA project OOOOBY has a great concept and ethic and we are in week 2 of our subscription.

This week our CSA box included:


  • Half a cauliflower (conventional sprays)
  • 1 big red kumara (certified organic)
  • 8 carrots (conventional sprays)
  • A huge bunch of red russian kale (certified organic)
  • 7 baby beets (certified organic)


  • 6 pink lady apples (conventional sprays)
  • 10 gold kiwifruit (certified organic)

Only 2 varieties of fruit this time, and while my list and email both suggested that I was to be gettting mandarins or tangelos, they didn’t arrive in the box.

The weirdest thing in the box is:

Kale. I’m looking forward to using it because for some reason it isn’t common in New Zealand. I’ve read about kale on other people’s CSA posts and I’ve only met it once before when it came in our CSA box back in 2009.

I didn’t much care for kale when I tried it in 2009, but I hope I have opened my mind a bit more since then. Kale is super good for you because it is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and calcium. Kale can be substituted into recipes that call for spinach or silverbeet and this week we’ve got heaps of it. More than I think we can eat. If it all goes horribly wrong at least Tofu the bunny loves the stuff.


The great thing with the OOOOBY box is that it comes with several recipes inspired by what’s in your box. Unfortunately, this week’s recipes didn’t include any for kale! Last night I made the raw beetroot and carrot salad as suggested. It was super easy with a bit  of sweetness that it went well with the plum glazed meatballs and pineapple fried rice I made. I adapted the recipe to suit two.

Beef meatballs with plum glaze, beetroot and carrot salad with pineapple egg fried rice.

Raw Beetroot and Carrot Salad

Serves 2 as a side dish


2 baby beets
1 carrot
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste


Grate the baby beets and carrot into a bowl. Sprinkle oil, vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix and serve.

CSA Link Party

I’ve also joined a CSA box link party. A link party is a weekly or monthly round up of relevant blog links in one handy place. Anyone can submit their posts and if you are interested in CSA and what see what other people around the world are getting each week in their boxes, have a look at blogger In Her Chuck’s CSA box Link Party here. Last week there were 51 submissions from around the world.

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!


  1. Kale is super easy to use. Throw it in the blender with your smoothie. Make kale chips. Eat a kale salad. Stir fry it with garlic and olive oil. If you don’t eat it all, freeze it for use in soups and pasta.

  2. I’ve had kale a few times, it’s a little chewier than spinach, but it’s OK. My preferred way to consume it is in soup.
    I like that they give you recipe cards in the box; that beet salad looks great, I adore raw beets. Bunnies love kale, but like spinach you must not feed them much because they are high in oxalates and can cause a multitude of issues. Dustie adored Kale, but the Dr suggested to give it to her only three times per week.

  3. What a great idea, Genie. I’m watching this with great interest, but I typically spend less than the cost of a box each week on veggies and fruits from the local greengrocer. But am getting persuaded….

    • If you spend less, you might find that the Ooooby box contains much more than you can typically eat in a week. So I probably wouldn’t recommend it. If I wasn’t cooking every day, I probably wouldn’t get through it all. Next week I’ve ordered an even larger box but it has no fruit in it. It will be interesting to see if we can eat double the amount of vegetables!

  4. Millie says

    Hooray for CSA My local farm offers a winter CSA program. Just this week the box was filled with fresh lettuce, apples, cilantro, Swiss chard, mizuna and gorgeous French breakfast radishes.

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