With New South Wales in lockdown, going to the supermarket has become more difficult, yet we’re all cooking at home more. So why not consider a new way of shopping for fresh food that supports local producers and saves you money?
Box Divvy is a fresh food ordering business across NSW and run within our local communities here in Sydney. You can have fruit and veg from the farm to your kitchen bench in two days, meaning no nasty chemicals or cold storage for those essential items on your daily menu.
From her farm in Taree on the mid-north coast, Box Divvy founder Jayne Travers-Drapes says city dwellers are becoming more aware of the importance of the environment and sourcing locally.
“Box Divvy is unique and very community focussed, we know our growers and have been doing this for 20 years,” she said.
“Back then I used to talk about reduced packaging and low food miles, now I’m talking about food security and climate change. More and more people are joining now that we’re spending more time at home, and thinking about where our food actually comes from.”
It just takes one person to sign up as a “hubster” to coordinate weekly deliveries from farms to the local community. People can then join their local “hub” and take part in ordering the weekly delivery, which is picked to order. From there, local friendships are made, recipes are shared, menu plans are discussed and taste buds are awakened. There are no joining fees, or ongoing financial commitments to members.
Members can order not just fruit and veg, but meat, seafood, chicken, bread, eggs and a variety of locally sourced groceries. Ever wanted to try honey made in St Ives? You can. How about spices prepared in Wahroonga? Tick. Coffee from Marrickville? Definitely. It’s another way to shop local and support small businesses.
“The thing our members need to do is to learn how to ripen. We don’t gas our produce, so our avocados and mangoes for example have got the most amazing flavour. I try to teach people about two fruit bowls; apples, pears and bananas in one, and the rest in the other and when you want to ripen you take it over.”
Community connection is another key focus for Box Divvy members, which is particularly relevant at this time when we are in a sustained state-wide lockdown.
“We’re a social enterprise business and one of the important things our hubs will do is what we call a ‘kindness box’. With the extra groceries they’ll ask their members if we can give a ‘kindness box’ to a family in need, who has lost their job, or may be unwell. That’s part of our community connection is this kindness and giving,” Jayne said.
Jayne herself knows how this feels, having lost 90% of her property during the fires in November 2019.
“We used to have pumpkin, passionfruit, and pomegranate. The pomegranate trees survived, I’ve just pruned them so we should get something from them, but we lost our irrigation and water supplies. It was pretty life changing, the whole experience,” she said.
“It made me more passionate, with the climate changing, these events are becoming more extreme and more regular. We need to support our growers.”
About Box Divvy
There are several ‘hubsters’ in the North Shore and Northern Beaches areas, with locations including Willoughby, Cremorne, McMahons Point, Northbridge, Turramurra, Killara, Manly, Dee Why, Warriewood, Avalon and more.
Weekly Ordering and pick ups/deliveries are coordinated via an app, so it is all contactless.
Members receive weekly newsletters filled with recipe ideas, menu planning suggestions, and grower news.