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

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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29 Responses to Is there a genuine desire for fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables in Canberra?
zllauh 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 bizz 10:21 am 22 Jan 11

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

sepi sepi 9:13 pm 23 Nov 10

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

rosscoact 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 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 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 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 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 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

che che 10:25 am 21 Nov 09

I’ve tried organic delivery from a few places and get it maybe once a month. There are more places doing it in canberra now than 12 months ago.

Last one I got was ordered online and as a simple juicing box plus (apples, organges, beetroot, ginger, celery, carrots) and another box of seasonal vegies, but have now found out that they get sourced from QLD, so probably not again.

My advice is have an online ordering system, delivery one day a week with orders placed by a certain day. Put together some set plans, ie juicing box, vegies box, salad box, provide a couple of different size boxes. Cuts down on admin and people will still be getting what they want.

lemon delicious lemon delicious 10:14 pm 20 Nov 09

I would love it. $50 per week from us at least. Problem is, we’re in the deep south – would you come out here?

Hatter64 Hatter64 12:39 am 20 Nov 09

I’m currently using Canberra Organics. I’d be happy to support local business if the value is there. Good Luck

pmm pmm 10:34 pm 19 Nov 09

Sounds like a great idea – maybe add bread and milk and you could have a real success! Might be worth having a look at which seem to be doing the same sort of thing in other states.

Mimiboo Mimiboo 7:46 pm 19 Nov 09

Yes, I would be very interested in either conventional or organic home delivered produce to the tune of $30-$40 a week. Do it, do it, do it!

MrPC MrPC 7:27 pm 19 Nov 09

I’d love a weekly delivery of say $30 for a small box or $50 for a large box. Living in Queanbeyan and working at the AIrport makes North Lyneham, and both Northside and Southside farmers markets a bit far to drive.

Food miles from farm to store are worth keeping in mind. However, 2 tonne of fruit n veg in a 2 tonne truck for 1000km is way less environmentally damaging as 10 kilos of fruit n veg in a 1 tonne car 10km.

dr phil dr phil 4:48 pm 19 Nov 09

rosscoact said :

Absolutely, I can’t get to the shop and only sometimes get to your stall at the farmers market.

Sign me up for $50 per week

Sign me up also… any order over $50 if free delivery yes????

Snarky Snarky 4:34 pm 19 Nov 09

emd said :

Snarky, Choku Bai Jo is also Gleann na Meala

Thanks emd, I didn’t know that. Turns out they’ve been supplying our Bok Choy and salad greens for quite a while already!

Rumply Rumply 4:29 pm 19 Nov 09

I would love this and have been looking for an option to have the delivery for work and for personal (at home).

I would pay approx $20 – $30 a week or even a fortnight, but would also like the option of sizes… ie if we had family over we could get a bigger box or something along those lines.

I am one of those people that can never pick the right fruit/veg and end up buying a pile of gross food and throwing it in the bin 🙁

Good luck, and I hope we get to see some more info in the near future 🙂

emd emd 2:35 pm 19 Nov 09

I used to get deliveries from Organic Express and loved it. Now, I carpool with neighbours to go to Southside Farmers Markets, your stall always has good salad greens (Snarky, Choku Bai Jo is also Gleann na Meala). But I would get deliveries again for those weeks when I’m working on market day.

Organic Express used to have white styrofoam boxes and would put a frozen water bottle in the box to keep contents cool if they were delivering when we weren’t home. We paid a deposit for the box with our first delivery, and just had to remember to put the box out for collection with subsequent deliveries. I would spend $50 to $80 per delivery, and would prefer a mixed box of whatever is good with the ability to add extras (like bananas for my little monkeys). I wouldn’t sign up for an every-week thing though, it would be more of a once-a-month when I can’t make it to the markets.

Snarky Snarky 1:50 pm 19 Nov 09

We’ve tried buying F&V as part of regular shopping trips, as part of a co-op we helped set up in Sydney, and at the southside markets. For us the markets work best, because we can pick and choose from what’s on offer.

We used the vegie co-op for about 4 years in Sydney, primarily to save money (bulk buying for 8 families from Flemington markets cut out weekly bill down to less than half, and we got better produce for the effort), but it’s undeniable that buying mixed boxes means there’s always something in there that you personally would have preferred either more or less of.

For us, teh southside markets are the best alternative. It rarely takes more than an hour, including travel time, we can pick and choose, and buy something different if we see it. So, if you’d like to sell more southside to people like us, get a stand at the market.

It’d be a lot more efficient for you too I’d think.


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