Culinary Adventures, Fruit and Vege / CSA box
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OOOOBY Box Week 5

We are now in week 5 of our weekly CSA deliveries from local company OOOOBY. All three of us look forward to OOOOBY Tuesdays and the cute name probably doesn’t hurt.

This week included lemons and potatoes which are on our “do not want” list so we didn’t receive them. We don’t want potatoes and lemons not because we don’t like them, but because we do. Rather than praying for potatoes each week, we buy them in bulk so that there is always a sack to be used. Our lemon tree is giving us delicious, juicy lemons this winter so no need to have those delivered either.

This week our CSA box included:


  • 8 Mushrooms (Conventional Sprays)
  • 1 giant bunch of Spinach (Self Certified Organic)
  • 6 Carrots (Conventional Sprays)
  • 1/2 a head of Cauliflower (Conventional Sprays)
  • 1 Broccoli


  • 7 Newstead Gold Apples (Conventional Sprays)
  • 11 Gold Kiwifruit (Certified Organic)
  • 6 Winter Nelis Pears (Certified Organic)
  • 6 Mandarins

The most interesting thing in the box:

Mushrooms. Not that they are strange, but because this is the first time we’ve seen mushrooms in our CSA box. Also received a bonus 6 mandarins and a broccoli. Sweet!

Add Ons

This week we added on a loaf of ciabatta from Wild Wheat.


Two recipes were included in the OOOOBY Box this week.

They were:

  • Mushroom and Spinach Salad
  • Roasted Cauliflower Soup

CSA Link Party

I am part of 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 the What’s In The Box over at the blog In Her Chucks.

About CSA and OOOOBY

For those new to the concept, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This concept allows onsumers buy subscriptions or shares for a set amount of time in return for a weekly box of locally grown produce. Produce can come from from local farms, micro-growers, yours and your neighbour’s backyards, community gardens  and organic farms. You join either as a consumer or a grower or both. Some growers swap produce for shares and others deliver or pack so it can be a engaging, social way of sharing food.

CSA is relatively new here in New Zealand and there are only a handful of companies/groups offering it. Price was always going to be a factor for me and the cute name and good looking design of OOOOBY really appeals to me.

I am not affiliated with OOOOBY and we pay for our box and add-ons with our own hard earned money. This is a review, not an ad, but if you would like to join OOOOBY, contact me about their their refer-a-friend scheme. It takes supporters for these kinds of ideas to flourish and they have a ways to go yet. Find out more about the concept at their website

Read my other posts about CSA here.

Check back tomorrow for the week’s meal plan.


  1. This week’s looks delicious. I’ve never enjoyed authentic ciabatta bread, please share how that tastes and what you paired it with. Also, what are conventional sprays?

    • It’s hard to describe the taste of bread. I guess ciabatta is more about the texture. It’s a white bread with heaps of holes in it and is a sturdy loaf. Even when fresh you could use it as a weapon. But because it has holes, it’s not dense like a sourdough can be. Our favourite is to toast it and smear it with PB & J or smear it with garlic and butter and toast in the oven to serve with soup.

      Conventional sprays mean non-organic.

  2. Eva Taylor says

    What a beautiful composition Genie! Did you know carrots aren’t that good for bunnies? Strange but true; dark leafy greens are good. Broccoli will make them too gassy! Dust used to let some really loud rumbles go; the vet didn’t believe us until she did one for him! We laughed our heads off!

    • Thanks Eva! lol. In all my life I’ve never heard a bunny fart. I would laugh my head off too.

      Carrots are just a treat for Tofu. He gets it once or twice most weeks. But not every week.

  3. jessicapea says

    Ooh yum! I’m so jealous – ooooby dont deliver to the far north of Auckland.

      • jessicapea says

        Yeah, we’re closer to my parents now, which is awesome – but I do miss my little house in the city 😦 Crazy how the time is just flying by, can’t believe we’ve all been married more than 3 years now!

        • I know right? I have clients see me for wedding invitations and I talk about our wedding like it was recent. When they ask when I got married, I tell them but I think they think I’m weird for still being so into wedding stuff so long afterwards.

  4. The produce looks like it is getting a lot more.. rounded? The first few weeks everything looked very organic but this week, it seems to look very .. perfect I suppose? That loaf of bread.. if i could reach a little further.. and grab .. it. Yum!

    • You’re right Cass, it’s roughly 50/50 in terms of organic vs sprays in this week’s box. I guess if they don’t have enough organic they top up with sprayed stuff. Already eaten most of the ciabatta.

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