Thursday, October 26, 2006

*organic food boxes*


OK, so I closed yesterday's post with the news (!!) that I have just signed us up for an organic veg/fruit box delivery scheme. I have been reading an awful lot lately around the subject of food miles, and the impact upon the environment of flying/shipping in out-of-season fruit and veg. I know it's common sense, but it's not until you sit down and really look at the food you consume, and its origins, that you take note of the possible environmental consequences of certain things in your diet. So, from a starting point of, at this stage, simply trying to be more aware of what we're eating, only buying and therefore cooking seasonal produce, and trying to be just a bit more environmentally aware, I am going to be taking delivery, once a week, of a fruit box and a veg box from Flights Orchard - the first box will be delivered next Wednesday, as I was too late for this week's drop. I am going to see how I get on, but am going to try and only use fruit and veg that comes in the box. I would be really interested to hear if anyone has any experience of this sort of scheme, and also any recipes anyone has for meals made with typically autumn/winter veg - pumpkins, potatoes, leeks, kale etc. I have the Guardian's guide to seasonal eating which came with last Saturday's paper, and is extremely helpful; it's written in conjunction with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall/River Cottage, but it's thin on recipes.

In other news, we spent a happy hour or so at the playing field with Vic and little Miss Elizabeth; all was well until F took a crashing tumble off the monkey bars and scared the life out of me for a good 15 seconds. She landed on her bottom, but very heavily, and at first was saying she couldn't move. Thankfully, I think it was just the shock, because she was soon on her feet again, although she was terribly pale for a good half-hour afterwards.


A was her usual charge-about self; she insists on jumping in every muddy puddle we come across, and, predictably, was filthy by the time we returned home. Note the layered look: Umbro football shorts over short trousers.


I will leave you this evening with a shot of the three monkeys on the climbing frame. They had a grand day!



toya said...

you know, I've been meaning to ask you if its cold over there, I see the girls a wearing light sweaters, we had 43 deg whether today!

Ali said...

We've been doing the organic box thing for about a year now,but yours sounds great in that it's local too. I get irritable every time I get out of season exotics.

All the organic box websites are stuffed full with ideas for using your seasonal veg. Abel and Cole is a pretty comprehensive one to try.

Anonymous said...

i know an excellent recipe for any kind of veg.

slice into miniscule slithers and douse in plain chocolate.

yummy x

kirsty x

Paula said...

Ooh, the veg look delicious, such a great idea too!

How about pumpkin soup, really simple. Just roast chunks of pumpkin, onion and garlic until brown, liquidise it with some veg stock until smooth and add a blob of creme fraiche. It tastes wonderful

Maria said...

Poor Miss F hope she's recovered from her fall.

We used to have the box delivery at our old house and it was great value as there was no waste. Keep meaning to look into it here xxx

queenofstash said...

You are right about the organic veg... must get myself sorted!

Fiona (aka Erisindevon) said...

LOVE my organic box :D We used to get from Abel & Cole when we lived in London, but now get a local one from Riverford, and it's just fantastic. You'll never look back :D

If we have anything left at the end of the week, we make 'leftover soup/stew' with all the bits, and throw in a few lentils and beans. Scrummy!