Three years ago, a keen cook and a keen gardener were inspired by the emerging localavore food movement to offer a vegie box service in Hobart, buying and selling produce from a network of small growers. In those four years, we’ve gone from selling 20 boxes a week to as many as 250, and have bought well over half a million dollars worth of produce from hard-working local farmers. In the process, we’ve come to see many of those growers as friends; over many long chats our understanding of how food is produced, traded and distributed has moved from fuzzy idealism to a full appreciation of how complex and conflicting a process of feeding even a small state like Tasmania is.
The one thing that all farmers have in common – small and large, old-school and tech-savvy – is pride in what they do; and quite frankly, they should be proud. Farmers don’t get a guaranteed four weeks annual leave; if the weather destroys their crops they don’t get paid; if they’re sick they still have to go to work; if the market shifts their livelihood shifts with it. And despite all that, they provide for our most basic need: food. This is why we believe that buying local and knowing where your food comes from is so vitally important. When food is marketed without provenance, farmers are anonymous; when farmers are anonymous, no-one notices when they’re squeezed out of the system for cheaper imports, or are forced off the land for
better prospects or greater recognition elsewhere. We offer great fresh produce, variety and value; but our mission is to learn about the way our local food system works, pass that knowledge on to you, and help join the dots in between.
If you’d like to get on the Backyard Bounty train in 2017, now’s a great time to do it! January through to March is peak fruit season in Tasmania (our recent trip to Japan has really highlighted how amazing Tassie fruit is), and it’s also a great time for zucchinis, tomatoes and other summer veg, along with freshly dug new season potatoes. To help you make the most of peak fruit, we’re offering a $10 fruit supplement as an optional extra.*
If you’d like to start a weekly, fortnightly or monthly subscription for any combination of these options, send us an email today!
To place an order for January, just let us know by email (email@example.com) what box type and optional add-ons (please note that the stoneground sourdough is temporarily available for January) you’d like on each of the following dates. If you’re ordering for the first time or you’re changing your delivery/pick-up status you’ll need to specify which of these two options you’d prefer when ordering. New customers are also welcome to order a single box to try the service first, and as an added incentive, delivery (normally $5 extra) is free with your first box. Don’t forget – you’re welcome to specify exclusions with your boxes – when your excluded items are in a box, they’ll be swapped for something of equivalent value.
20th January [orders for the 20th January are now closed]
If you have a fruit tree that’s groaning under its own weight, don’t forget that we are happy to buy home-grown produce for including in the boxes (or also in our own home-made preserves). Please email with what you have and an estimate of how much there is (and a price if you wish to set this) and we’ll get back to you with what we’re able to take and when we’d like it picked for. (Please don’t pick items first and then ask if we’d like them, as we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to find homes for everything, and we hate seeing food go to waste!)
If you’re interested in buying bulk quantities of particular items (e.g. potatoes, fruit, grains, nuts), please email and we’ll get back to you about pricing and time-frames.
* Boxes during this period will contain no more than one fruit item – with the exception of the $40 box – and the optional fruit supplement will not duplicate the item in the standard boxes. Organic boxes will automatically receive a spray-free fruit supplement, but we can’t guarantee a variety of organic fruit at this stage.