One out of the box – OOOOBY

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Autumn has barely nosed in and we’re already thinking of putting summer gardens to bed. What’s a fresh vege lover to do? Get online and keep that pantry brimming with regional goodies from OOOOBY. It’s as easy as clicking ‘enter’. Bridging 25 regional producers with local eaters since last May, OOOOBY Matakana is a farmers’ market at your fingertips. Plus, its weekly surplus is shared with the Warkworth Food Bank. How cool is that? Even Totara Hill Montessori Preschool spins an organic fruit order into a teachable moment with the kiddies helping school owner Tia Wooller unpack the box to learn about the food.

“We’ve had so much positive feedback since we launched,” says Matakana local and OOOOBY coordinator, Angelica Garcia Petersen, chuffed with its community-wide reach. “Customers tell us they’re eating so much healthier with OOOOBY. We have customers who say they save money on their weekly shop with the box.”

Spend just $33 (the minimum) for a Lil’ Mix Box, adding extras from there. Convenient pick-up spots abound, with door-to-door delivery for central Warkworth not far off. A Snells Beach pick-up point is in the works pending suitable space (have one? Call!).

The bad news? “When garlic season is over, it’s over,” Angelica says, noting that, unlike supermarkets, OOOOBY sells only seasonal vege. It’s just a gentle nudge to eat like Nana did. Recipes come in your weekly box, too, so even if your idea of ‘cooking’ is a cheese toastie, you could soon be whipping up evening tea like Nana, too.

OOOOBY Matakana | www.ooooby.org/matakana | 0800 629 685