We get both- customers who want specific produce each order, and customers who just want a box of whatever is fresh and seasonal.
One customer, upon taking home her first $50 mixed box, decided to list and weigh every item in her box and find out how the value compared to buying the same items organically at the supermarket. I was really excited by this, it’s one of those things I probably wouldn’t get around to doing at the moment, but am very interested to see the results of.
So I’ve just received the list this customer wrote, and will share it with you so you too can see how our seasonal mixed boxes compare with supermarket buying.
NOTE: Contents of seasonal mixed boxes change frequently, depending on what’s in season and how much of each item we have available.
This customer was not asked to do this, she just happens to be very thrifty and wanted to know for herself what kind of value she was getting.
It’s also worth noting when you buy a seasonal box, I ALWAYS put more than the dollar value you paid in there, ie if you buy a $50 box, I’ll put at least another $5-$10 worth of our produce in there.
Both Coles and Woolworths online were used for her comparisons, as neither supermarket stocked everything in her box from Birdsong. The comparisons are made with Organic produce (except for the eggplant and cucumber, which she could not find organically from supermarkets at the time).
Ok, here it is:
Item Supermarket Price Total
1050g Dutch Cream Potatoes $4/kg $4.20
995g Sweet Potato $10/kg $9.95
630g Salad Onion $7/kg $4.45
670g Butternut Pumpkin $4/kg $2.68
1560g Tomatoes $17.50/kg $27.30
856g Corn, Small Cobs $14/kg $11.97
425g Squash $9/kg $3.82
777g Capsicum $9/kg $6.99
420g Purple Beans $18/kg $7.56
1305g Zucchini $9/kg $11.75
954g Eggplant $8/kg (non organic) $7.63
1140g Lebanese Cucumber $5/kg (non organic) $5.95
700g Beetroot $9/kg $6.30
808g Carrots $6/kg $4.85
30g Herbs $3
12.3kg Produce (Equivalent $4.06/kg) TOTAL: $118.11
Wow, I hadn’t realised the price difference would be so huge!