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This winter, I’m testing out a few CSA and produce delivery companies in Auckland. I have already tried Foodbox.co.nz and the next one on my list is Naturally Organic. Naturally Organic is a market based in Albany, Auckland and their produce boxes are only a small part of what they offer.

Their products are marked organic, spray-free, gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free and local where appropriate, so if that kind of thing is important, you can shop online with ease. They have a huge catalogue of products like baby products, cleaning products, drinks, pantry items and you can get even get Aoraki salmon and Harmony/Freedom Farm pork delivered with your product box.

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Naturally Organic, Two Person Fruit & Vege Box, $30, +$7.98 delivery

This week I ordered the Two Person Organic Fruit and Vege Box for $30 plus $7.98 delivery.

Unlike other companies that have a set delivery day, Naturally Organic offer 6 day delivery. Check their website out for specific details for your area, but I can order up to 7 days in advance and get same day delivery Monday to Friday if I order by 9.30am.

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First impression

I have to be honest. When I unpacked this box, I couldn’t help thinking to myself, “What have I done?!?”.

There was a mountain of fruit. 40 items of fruit. 5.7kg of fruit. I don’t eat nearly enough of fruit and I guess that is set to change this week.

The Naturally Organic box is big and heavy. Bigger and heavier than any delivery I’ve seen yet. I also notice that the box is is surprisingly clean. Not a snail in sight. Every item has been cleaned and of good organic quality. Some vegetables come  in biodegradable bags for extra freshness. Their cavalo nero kale arrived in perfect (non-wilted) condition. Based on past experience of other deliveries, kale almost always arrives a bit wilted.

All up a whopping $9kg of produce. Wowzas.

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Vegetables

  1. Cavalo Nero kale x 1 large bag (300g)
  2. Bean sprouts (aduki, lentil and mung bean) x 1 bag (100g)
  3. Winter squash x 1
  4. Beetroot x 1
  5. Red cabbage x half
  6. Carrots x 2 big fat ones

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Fruit

  1. Apples – royal gala x 12
  2. Mandarins x 13
  3. Banana (fair trade) x 5
  4. Oranges x 5
  5. Pear x 6

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Free samples

  • A pack of organic chips
  • A Naturally Organic reusuable shopping bag

I made the mistake of telling The Koala that we got some chips in the produce box. Of course, the chips have been devoured and he hasn’t touched any fruit yet!

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The most interesting thing in the box

Sprouts and All Good bananas.

Next time

One thing to note is that tomatoes, potatoes, onions and garlic are not included in the box and must be ordered separately. Not sure why this is, but ok. Next time I think I will try the One Person Fruit and Vege Box $19 and add a few extra staple vegetables up to the value of $30.

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CSA Link Party

If you are interested in CSA and what see what other people around the world are getting each week in their boxes, please check out at the weekly link party What’s In The Box over at Heather’s blog In Her Chucks.

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16 Comments

  1. Great idea,I look forward to reading all the reviews as I’ve long been planning to try out an organic delivery.I’ll wait and see which you like best!

    • Hi Anna, it’s tricky because each box keeps getting better and better. But I’m glad I’m documenting it now so it will be easier to pick a winner later.

  2. Sprouts? What fun! I’m sure you know to store your bananas separate from everything else? They radiate and ripen all of your other produce if they’re nearby.

  3. Ooh, I often consider getting a fruit and veg box, as the supermarket options are often rubbish in terms of choice and quality, and often expensive. I might have to try this one out next week!

    • Hi Meagan! Let me know how you get on. There are a few different companies out there and I’ve tried 3 of them so if you want to pick brains, I’m here 🙂

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