I’ve got fruit & veggie news!!

28 07 2008

First, I wanted to thank all of you who have tried out my new business. There has been a steep learning curve with some quirks along the way, but I’m really enjoying bringing healthy, locally grown veggies and fruit to your homes.

But we are making some changes!!

Probably the most consistent feedback I’ve received is how GIGANTIC the Oki is (even for our most avid vegetarians!). And some of you moved to an every-other-week order because you just weren’t getting through the bag. The nutritional difficulty with that is that fruit and vegetables have their highest concentrations of vitamins and nutrients as soon as they are picked. As they sit around, the good-for-us-ness decreases, as does the flavor. One of the perks of having local food is that you can buy it and consume it when it’s at its freshest. And since I’m the person providing all of this local goodness to you I feel it’s important to be able to get the food to you as fresh as possible. Additionally, I have felt week after week that The MiniOki contents look kind of pitiful as compared to the overabundance of The Oki.

So, I’ve decided to make a change to the bags to try to combat this problem. The Oki will be going down in price to $25 and will contain $5 less produce. For those of you currently ordering The Oki, you don’t need to contact me unless you’d like to switch how often you are receiving the bag. But, if you have been receiving The MiniOki, please let me know if you’d like to give the new Oki a try.

The second bit of feedback is that some of you are tiring of green peppers, okra and cucumbers. This is one of the problems of eating locally in season… having the same items again and again for weeks. However, I’m guessing some of you have already been wishing for some carrots and (now past season) and that come December, we’ll probably all be willing to give our left leg for a sweet, crisp cucumber. I will continue to do my best to rotate in different items as possible (lowering the size of the bag will help that as well).

And wow, has it been fascinating to see all the unusual fruits arrive in season. I think we have had five new fruits recently that I’d never eaten before: wax apples, dragonfruit, shikwasa, lychee and acerola. And the amount of fruit available each week is phenomenal. So, the second big change in delivery products is that I’m now going to be offering a Big TropOki . The wonderfulness of this bag is that it can be delivered to your home alone (previously a TropOki could only be added to a veg bag). The cost will be $30 and if we’d done it this week, it would have included a pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, bananas, watermelon and limes. For those of you already ordering an Oki that week, you will receive $5 off and pay just $25 for this large fruit bag.

Thank you again for your business and for telling all your friends!

Melody

Stay tuned: We will soon be offering a mixed Veg/Fruit bag!

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