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Ooooby Growers

For those who can grow more than they can eat. You grow it, we buy it. Join up if you would like to supply Ooooby.

Members: 110
Latest Activity: Mar 18, 2013

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Ooooby sells fruit & veg lovingly grown in local neighbourhood gardens.



If you have homegrown or local farm grown food to sell contact supply@ooooby.com She would love to hear from you.

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SPENDING ROOBYS 9 Replies

Started by Angie Gibbons. Last reply by Angie Gibbons Mar 28, 2011.

Cheap / Free Worms for a Worm Farm in Auckland Central? 1 Reply

Started by Blair Firmston. Last reply by Scott Thiemann Feb 10, 2011.

Ooooby stall this Sunday 16th January!

Started by Pania Robinson Jan 12, 2011.

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Comment by Angie Gibbons on September 15, 2010 at 5:56pm
Hi, I harvest the whole plant it only gets to a fist size then tastes bitter after that i have found. Hope this helps.

Angie
Comment by Fionna Hill on September 15, 2010 at 5:15pm
Hi Angie,
Last Sunday at the Ooooby stall you supplied some beatiful Corn Salad leaves. I grow them too and hope you can advise me...do you pick the whole plant or rosettes from a plant and leave it to continue to grow?
cheers
Fionna
Comment by Christy Martin on May 5, 2010 at 8:36pm
Hi Anneliese, you are more than welcome to bring your wildcraft teas and seedlings to the stall. We normally sell seedlings from $1.50 to $3. In regards to the pricing, you can look for what certain items are going for currently at markets/ stores, etc and usually price around, if not below depending on the item and labour that went into it. In regards to the teas it will depend on the amount and speciality. Mostly the growers set their own prices, but I can help you with pricing on the day of the market once I see the produce/product. Hope to see you at the next market.
Comment by Fionna Hill on May 4, 2010 at 8:19am
Anneliese, I copied this from The newsletter of NZ Farmers Markets......

But there was one big question on our minds. Were shoppers getting a bargain? The theory is that by cutting out those that stand between the grower and the consumer the public get quality produce at great prices. To put the theory to the test we compared the price of 20 randomly selected items from the farmers’ market and compared them to the prices at the local no frills supermarket - the one with the cheapest everyday prices.

We found that three items from the farmers’ market were exactly the same price at the supermarket, nine items cost less, and eight cost more. The items that cost more at the supermarket were 35% more expensive, and the items that cost more at the farmers’ market were 25% more expensive.

So is produce at the farmers’ market a bargain? The answer to that is an unequivocal maybe! Are there bargains to be found? Absolutely yes, but you will need to know how to spot a bargain. On the day we visited red onions were $2.50 a kg compared to $6.50 at the supermarket, fancy lettuce were $1.50 each against $2.50, and smoked mullet $6 a kg instead of $7.95.

There is of course more to farmers’ markets than just the price, and for some shoppers the price is not the main consideration – it’s the freshness and everything else that goes with supporting local growers.......

For my own sales I mostly guess the price I will ask. If I'm selling something that has been labour intensive or unusual with a lot of effort, my price reflects that, but for produce that grows with almost no attention like rainbow chard and sorrel, I keep the price down.

I believe that some Ooooby prices are too high and cannot be justified, which sometimes makes it difficult to use up my Rooobies.

But the concept is great!
Comment by Anneliese K on May 1, 2010 at 10:06pm
how do we know how much to mark things? and for example can i bring seedlings and wildcraft teas? (picked and dried, which is the same as straight for the garden, i think)
Comment by Fionna Hill on March 6, 2010 at 1:24am
Lynda Hallinan's Get Growing newsletter.......Tune in to episode 9 of Get Growing with NZ Gardener on Prime TV on Sunday night. This week I challenge Devoney and Jon to take a stall at the Grey Lynn Farmers' Market to make $100 to buy all the seeds they need for their winter garden. They did a great job, and it was great fun too. I especially enjoyed meeting two young ginger beer entrepreneurs who are brewing their own pocket money. Classic stuff. They'd sold 86 bottles at $2.5o a pop by mid-morning! It was good ginger beer too, the traditional type my mum used to make, as opposed to the fancy ones you get at cafes that don't have half the ginger flavour.......PRIME, MARCH 7th, 7 PM
Comment by Christy Martin on March 3, 2010 at 10:09am
This is the link to the blog post about Grow N' Show

http://ooooby.ning.com/profiles/blogs/grow-n-show?xg_source=activity
Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on February 27, 2010 at 5:41pm
I have a sack load of port albert cucumbers (the not bitter kind from Koanga seed) -so I'll see you bright and early to drop some off.
Comment by Fionna Hill on February 5, 2010 at 8:13pm
Helen, My great gardener cousin Ray says the following about seed spuds. Hi Fionna Sure you can keep some of these potatoes for seed I do not know if they are an early variety or main cropper Early varieties take 12 weeks to maturity and main varieties take up to 20 weeks Pick out a few of average size make sure that they are nice and dry then store them in a dry situation not cold dry or damp About August this year they will start to sprout If main croppers a little later. I can tell you how to grow them in a bucket if you like Iused to grow Maori potatoes in buckets about 12 each year Great they were Nice and clean no green ones
Comment by Helen Cook on January 18, 2010 at 4:06pm
Pleased you enjoyed the potatoes, Fiona. They should be fine for planting but wonder if they need to go through a winter to get them in the mood for reproduction! Perhaps someone else can tell us what makes a potato a "seed" potato.
I might put some away for planting next spring, but will probably put in an order with Koanga just to be safe.
 

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