Backyard Bounty all-Tasmanian Vegie box: 2nd September

14207803_10154607988041337_103097980367269955_oSo spring sprung yesterday (officially) and it certainly feels like the weather has obliged also… Something about spring seems to bring out some innate desire to clean up the results of winter’s lethargy, and I definitely needed to do a big clean out at the warehouse to squeeze in all the extra boxes this week! This week marks the debut of our two new boxes – the $25 budget box and the $35 organic box – these new additions are the result of some fairly intensive reflection on customer satisfaction, both what you’ve told us and what we think you probably wanted to tell us but were afraid to say! Whilst we think the evidence suggests that a lot of you really enjoy the variety and structure of the existing $20, $30 and $40 boxes, our new boxes have had a pretty auspicious debut this week also, with 33 budget boxes and 25 organic boxes flying out the door this week. We hope that those of you who have opted for these new boxes feel your choice has been rewarded. We’re also really excited that with the more diverse range of boxes we’ll be able to better work with and support a bigger range of local growers (as you can see in the table below showing what each box gets), all the way from home-growers through to the biggest growers in the state.

14184425_1051815888265190_2420563475650462657_nThis week’s box kicks spring off with the first basil of the season, from Hills Transplants in Don. The Duggan’s organic golden delicious apples are included in all boxes, and we’ve also got delicious swede from Kylie in Mt Lloyd (not many of these left for the season!), beetroot from Forest Hill Farm, and carrots from Richmond Farm, plus a range of delicious potato varieties for the different boxes – plants store energy from the sun over the winter, so it’s a great time for root vegetables. The organic box features selections from York Town Organics – we plan to showcase a different grower each week with these boxes as organic growers tend to maintain a greater level of diversity in their crops to help avoid disease and pest issues – and we couldn’t resist sharing the photo of a happy frog showcasing their animal-friendly growing techniques. Check out their page here.

Here’s the – significantly expanded – breakdown of who gets what in their box.

2nd September

(Asterixes denote certified organic growers. All produce in organic boxes is organically grown, but not all is certified organic.)