This winter, I’m testing out a few CSA and produce delivery companies in Auckland.
If you are curious about CSA and like 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.
The Honesty Box has a great name and refers to unmanned roadside stalls all over the New Zealand countryside, where you purchase produce by leaving money behind in the honesty box. I don’t know if this is common in other countries but around here, it’s looked upon fondly, though dishonesty is slowly taking over and honesty boxes are less and less common.
With The Honesty Box, the name actually refers to their corporate programme where companies can purchase a box of fruit for the office and employees can buy fruit at work by way of honest box. A healthy alternative to the chocolate bar and chips snack box. The Honesty Box also offer home deliveries which is what we went are testing out. The Honesty Box offer two fruit and vegetable boxes – the small ($37.50) and the large ($50). They also have fruit only or vegetable only boxes.
The Honesty box are based in Point Chev and delivery is free within in Auckland city and central suburbs. Those outside the free zone can still order for an additional fee. Delivery is Monday to Friday during business hours. They can source fair trade bananas but are not an organic supplier.
We ordered The F&V Small Box and at $37.50 it is one of the more expensive lower tier boxes, though it included delivery for us. The box is compact but super heavy. Almost 11kg! There must be some heavyweights in this one. At $37.50NZ including delivery, this makes it less than $3NZ per kilo. Exceptional value.
I really like the vegetable to fruit ratio and it’s great to receive garlic and herbs. New Zealand garlic can fetch over $20kg and often absent from produce boxes. Since it is winter here, it has been long time since I’ve seen lettuce in a produce box too. Most boxes only do half a pumpkin but we received a whole 2.4kg pumpkin this week.
The size of the produce is bordering on obscene. The golden kumara at 800 grams is the biggest I’ve laid eyes on and the carrots and potatoes at 300 grams a piece are hefty too.
- Beetroot x 3
- Golden kumara x 1
- Pumpkin x 1
- Carrots x 2
- Potatoes x 3
- Fancy lettuce x 1
- Brocolli x 1
- Onions x 2
- Herb pouch (rosemary & bay leaves)
- Garlic bulb x 1
- Grapes x 500g
- Passionfruit x 4
- Banana x 6
- Kiwifruit x 4
- Mandarin x 10
- Oranges x 5
- Lemon x 1
The most interesting thing in the box
Grapes, passionfruit and the pouch of herbs. The Koala and the rabbit go nuts for grapes. We call them “Nature’s Lollies” so they will be enjoyed this week.
Nothing to report here, very happy with The Honesty Box. Might ask for no lemons or oranges next time. Our winter lemons are just about ripe now and we aren’t big orange eaters. I should note that this must be the first delivery we have ever had that did not include any apples.
Note: This box was paid for by my hard earned money. This is an honest review, not an advertisement.