The big idea behind this blog came the week before Christmas 2011, after our local organic veg box supplier mentioned that she’d delivered 256 boxes to my door step over the years. That means we’ve eaten about five year’s worth of organic fruit and vegetables, week after week. For a family of meat eaters and only one vegetarian I am surprised how easily we allowed the weekly veg box to take over. It was like taking in a Trojan horse, back then we didn’t realise how much it would influence the way we would shop, cook, eat and think about food.
Probably the best thing that came out of 1,792 days of eating our way through all those veg boxes, aside from the health benefits and minding about how food is raised and where it comes from, is the pleasure we discovered in spending more time as a family preparing and cooking what we ate.
Supermarket trips are down to one a month (if I’m lucky) just to stock up on cupboard foods and the odd packet of frozen peas (always handy in an emergency). I also reckon I’m spending less on food than I did five years ago, pre-veg box life.
Now that my children are all grown up and cooking in their own kitchens, I’ve downsized the veg box to the mini version and re-discovered the challenge of cooking for one. However, if I’m honest the thought of all those vegetables to come is a tad overwhelming but I’m up for the challenge and that’s what this blog is about. Veg Box Rules OK?