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A Big Box of Organic Vegetables for 10 Euros? Yes, Please!

One of the things we find hardest as busy, working parents is getting the shopping done, so the idea of picking up one box of delicious vegetables every week is very appealing. Even better if it’s organic, local and affordable.

Does that sound too good to be true? Well if you live in The Hague, you might just be in luck. Every Wednesday the Den Haag In Transitie group distribute big boxes of organic vegetables, mostly local, for just €10. These are vegetables that aren’t sold at the wholesale auctions, or which are not ‘perfect’ enough to be sold in the shops.

We picked up our first box tonight. Isn’t it beautiful?

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As we unpacked the box, we discovered aubergines, broad beans, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, salad and strawberries.

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The downside is that you have to take what comes in the box. Aubergines are not my favourite vegetable, but now I have a good incentive to find some aubergine recipes that really appeal to me. Suggestions, anyone?

If you want to get in on this organic vegetable box action, contact Den Haag In Transitie, via their website or on Facebook. The boxes need to be ordered in advance, and can be picked up on Wednesday between 4-7pm at Witte de Withstraat 119, Den Haag.

3 Responses to A Big Box of Organic Vegetables for 10 Euros? Yes, Please!

  1. Anna July 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    I love the veggie idea! Going to try it next week. Just spent 30 euros at the organic farmers stand at the Zeeheldenkwartier. 10 sounds better for sure!

    Here’s my aubergine thoughts. Thinly slice aubergine and roast it topped with evoo and salt & pepper. After that you can put in sandwiches, omelettes, layer it with cheese and bolognese in a casserole for pasta free lasagna, sprinkle it with spinach, cheese and tomatoes and roll it up then put in the oven for veggie rolls. Lastly purée it with evoo, garlic, lemon, and a bit of canned white bean for a smooth creamy dip.

    Hope this helps.

    • Friedel July 17, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      I love all of these ideas! Given how hot it is here right now, I think I’ll try the last one first 🙂

  2. Pieter July 22, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    The trick with aubergines is that you have to get rid off most of the water in them. If you don’t your dish will be (very) soggy and have a texture that many people find unappealing. Roasting, as Anna suggested, is a great idea. Or you can grill them or cook them in the oven or a frying pan until they shrink at least 50%. Also, remember to put some salt on the aubergine right after you cut it, otherwise the aubergine will discolor (into brown) rapidly.

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