Ooooby – Organic Food Out Of Our Own BackyardsAnn
As an organic food lover, I have tried many organic food suppliers in Sydney and Ooooby is one of my favourites. Ooooby stands for “Out of our own backyards” which was started by Pete Russell in Auckland with the mission to make local food convenient, affordable and fair everywhere. They offer home delivery service of organic grocery boxes which are sourced from local farmers and delivered to local doorsteps. Ooooby Sydney was founded by Murat Keskin, and I had a pleasure to meet him at Ooooby Eats event that I will talk about later :).
Ooooby Subscription Boxes
They have different subscription boxes ranging from mix boxes of various sizes, vegetable boxes, fruits only boxes to meat boxes. These boxes have predefined sets of vegetables, fruits or meats which may vary from each week. You can build your own custom box too, just browse through their list of fresh produce. Most of their produce are certified organic from associations such as Australian Certified Organic (ACO), AUSQUAL, Organic Food Chain (OFC) or NASAA. For each product, it states clearly the name and location of the grower or farmer where the food comes from, giving us the confidence in the origin of the food.
I started my Ooooby journey with a Lil’ Mix box of organic vegetables and fruits with a sourdough bread and a kombucha drink as you can see below.
This box provided my family about 3 days worth of grocery only, so if you have a big family you may want to grab the mega mix box to cover the whole week. With the mega box you will get more varieties of fruits and vegetables such as capsicums, carrots, lettuce, onions, parsley, beetroot, kiwifruit and mandarin (depending on the seasons of course).
Another thing I like about Ooooby is that promoting sustainability is always their top priority. Customers are encouraged to reuse their boxes, you can call Ooooby to arrange pickup of empty boxes. So if you order Ooooby next time, don’t put the box in the recycled bin, just give it back to the driver and it will be reused the next day. Alternatively, you can use it to carry groceries when you shop in any store. It’s July this month which is Plastic-Free month! So try not to use plastic bags where you can.
Ooooby’s Produce at Naturely Shop’s Kitchen
I love the colours of Swiss chard, it is packed with antioxidants that help reduce free radical damage within our body. It is also rich in fiber, vitamin K, A, C, E, Magnesium, Potassium, and iron. An interesting fact: it has so many valuable nutrients that it was selected as one of the first crops being grown in space stations for astronauts!
For green leafy vegetables like chards, I usually stir fry them lightly with just a little bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt. I then decorated the chard dish with some organic Goji berries and slices of organic apples. The sweetness of the berries and the sourness of the green apples go really well with the texture of Swiss chard. A must try if you haven’t had it before!
My little daughter saw me busy cooking and taking photos of the food for Naturely Shop, so she asked “What can I help, mummy?” Then she came up with the idea of drawing pictures of fruits and vegetables for me to use in my photos. And here it is her own hand-drawing of blueberry, strawberry and banana together with my photos. Very cute, isn’t it?
Ooooby do not only deliver delicious organic food, they also bring vibrant community experiences. Ooooby Eats is one of the events that they organise regularly. I just attended my first Ooooby Eats last Sunday night at Rollling Penny cafe in Newtown. The communal dinner was carefully crafted with love and care by the staff at Ooooby, the lovely talented chefs at Hara Wholefoods. The night started off with some finger food to share, followed by a cooking demonstration by Cass and Carmen from Hara Wholefoods. They showed us how to make fermented chili and kraut the easiest way. Lesley and Alexander from Kurrawong Organics were also present to share with us about their certified organic farm where the foods cooked for the diner came from. The night continued with a 10+ course vegan feast and it was simply amazing. The food was just unique and delicious. I am not a vegetarian myself, but I eat lots of vegetables in my diet. These are the best vegetarian dishes that I’ve ever had. Have a look at the menu below:
Are you impressed? And here are the photos of some of the dishes.
They look exquisite, don’t they? I particularly liked the two desert dishes Cacao, beetroot, ginger cake and Pumpkin Kaffir lime raw cheesecake. What’s a clever idea to blend vegetables with the flour. It makes the cakes have a special texture and taste and still delicious. Parents, this is a tip for you, next time when you make chocolate brownies for your kids, throw in some beetroot or carrot or pumpkin to the cacao powder. It’s an easy way to increase your children’s veggies intake. The night was also complemented with a couple of cocktails by Trolley’d and lovely live music vibes by Tiago De Luca. It was a perfect night to finish my weekend!
That was my beautiful experience with Ooooby. I am thrilled to let you know that soon you will be able to purchase Ooooby’s vouchers on our Naturely Shop website. Using the vouchers you can get any of their organic grocery boxes or make your own. Stay tuned, and we’ll let you know when it’s available! Do you have a vegetarian recipe that you want to share with us? Please comment below or contact us here. We love to collaborate with foodies!