I'm finally writing a post all about the Ökokiste because I've been getting the deliveries for a couple of years now, and, basically, I'm a super satisfied customer and so are all my friends whom I've told about the service. And I think it's one of those services that would be hard to find as a newbie in town. I know I just sort of assumed when I moved here that I had to give up my old ways of getting a CSA box every week. Because that was just so American, right? Ummmm WRONG. Typical American approach to things - thinking we invented everything!
Alas, Ökokiste Kirchdorf has been in the business for almost 20 years, and I'm sure there are other similar businesses around the region that have also been running farm deliveries for as long or longer. It's nothing new in Bavaria, where you've got a countryside full of farmers and an urban community devoted to environmental and organic lifestyles, and thus a high demand for locally-farmed produce.
So here's how it works. Go to the website www.oekokiste-kirchdorf.de and sign up - klick on the red button in the upperhand right corner to go to the shop and try it out. The boxes of vegetables cost 15 euros, and are sorted according to different themes such as "Regionalkiste" (absolutely everything is from Bavaria), "Speedy-Kiste" (a mix of vegetables and fruits intended for the person who doesn't have a lot of time to cook), "Mutter-Kind-Kiste" (a mix of vegetables and fruits that are easy to digest for small kids and breast-feeding mothers), etc. They do all the work for you in "curating" vegetable and fruit deliveries for your needs. Of course, if you don't like something you can also de-select that particular vegetable and substitute it with something you prefer. And if you're totally not into the idea of just getting a random assortment of produce (but do give it a try! It's really fun to get new things that you've never had before, and you are also assured of getting the produce that is at it's peak of the season), you can also browse through their store and shop for your own particular ingredients, and then just ask for it to be delivered just like one of their regular deliveries (though this would have to be done on an ad hoc basis, rather than as a weekly/bi-weekly subscription).
For my Tuesday deliveries, I can usually go online on Fridays to see what will be in my delivery after the weekend. That gives me time to do a little planning and weekend grocery shopping around my expected vegetable delivery. And anytime I go out of town for a few weeks, I simply send them an email at email@example.com and they suspend my deliveries for specified time period. Easy peasy!
So, yes, I love my Ökokiste, and they haven't even paid me to write this... that says something, doesn't it? Oh oh oh! I forgot - they deliver vegetables all year round, not just in the summer. Be still my heart.
Tel. 08166 / 99220