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Is there a genuine desire for fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables in Canberra?

By chokubaijo 18 November 2009 29

[Ed – we covered the opening of Choku Bai Jo previously here]

If you have not heard of us already Choku Bai Jo is a Fresh produce store located in Nth Lyneham, Run by Local Canberrans and supporting Local Canberrans. This is not an advertisement  for our store however we are interested in what Canberra has to say to a question we have.

If we were to start delivering fresh, seasonal, local Fruit and/or Vegetable boxes(available in both conventional and Certified Organic) twice a week:

1) would people be interested?
2) What price point would people be happy to spend?

The reason we are asking is because we are looking into ideas in how we can support more local farmers and also to provide an opportunity for consumers on the southside of the city to purchase veg for their evening meal picked earlier that same day.

We would really appreciate the feedback of this astute local discussion group(Riotact).

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zllauh 1:48 pm 09 Dec 14

Hi Mate,

Would surely be interested in the service, Just a drive to the markets is an overall 1 hour of time. Any thing to save time would be a big plus !

The last cafe I use to work we had our supplies from who were located in Fyshwick at that time. I believe now they have moved to Hume.

I guess they did it more to the commercial businesses and you are looking more into the residential.

My 2 cents.

bizz 10:21 am 22 Jan 11

^ Yep, the Hawley’s boxes are awesome – check out their website

sepi 9:13 pm 23 Nov 10

Hawleys fresh food is doing local fruit and veg box deliveries.

rosscoact 6:40 pm 23 Nov 10

yeah, so what happened, almost universally acceptable to the 20 odd people who replied but the vast echoing silence was our payback.

Great customer service, remember, always include a feedback loop in your surveys people, not that hard

I-filed 6:31 pm 23 Nov 10

I’d like to see posted the evening before the proposed contents list for the box, with an email reminder and a yay/nay option, and the option of a more expensive tailored box instead. I know from experience that the fixed regular box deliveries can be a hassle (for said “eat out often” type reasons).

AinslieGarden 5:17 pm 23 Nov 10

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I don’t want to sign up for delivery boxes from halfway across the country, I want local! I’d be happy to pay $40 to $50, including delivery, with a mix of whatever fruit and veg are good at the time. Any updates now that it’s been a year since the last post?

chokubaijo 2:19 pm 24 Nov 09

Thanks for all the great feed back.

I will try to add a bit more info and clear up a few things listed above.

1, Gleann na Meala is our family farm owned by Dave and Hideko Pentony, Ben Pentony is also Involved in the growing of veg on the farm.

2, Southside farmers markets are a great place to shop, Gleann na meala does have a stall at the martkets in the outside section. These Markets were set up by Pady Pentony on of te owners of Choku Bai Jo (we no longer run the markets).

3, We would not be able to sell the full range of Organic Produce at the Markets due to the current rules, although I think there may be a retailer of other organic groceries already there.

4, Our current website is not great sorry I agree.

5, re the store staying open later on saturdays (until 4pm) that is something we may look at next year maybe trial after the Christmas break when every thing returns to normal again.

6, We would probably set up a new web site that you could order on and make direct deposits for boxes. We would set up a range of standard boxes ranging in price and fill them with a range of what is in season and good to eat at that time.

7,We probably would not have itemised boxes for people to tailor for themselves. this would keep costs down. We would also deliver to offices and homes. We would use white strofoam boxes for deliveries.

Thankyou to everyone that has had imput into this we will look at our options over the Christmas break and hopefully do something in the new year

MrPC 2:34 pm 21 Nov 09

If you want to do fresh bread, you’d want to do 3 runs per week per suburb/region.

If just doing F&V, 1-2 runs per week per suburb/region per week would suffice.

Direct debit with boxes stuffed full of seasonal produce FTW.

che 10:27 am 21 Nov 09

PS Price point for me for a week is usually $30-40 for delivered organic juicing stuff, plus another $30-40 for other vegies etc

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