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 the Trojan Horse, we didn’t realise its’ subversive power to change the way we would shop, cook and eat at home.
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.
As a result I’ve re-discovered a pleasure in cooking that I’d lost perhaps because now there’s always fresh food in my kitchen. 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. Of course there are friends to feed and grown up children are still ‘allowed’ to raid the fridge when they’re passing through. 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?