Ooooby is going bananas!

Exciting News! You’re now able to Add On 2.5 lb organic banana bunches to your weekly Ooooby box!

The top three fruits eaten in America are apples, bananas and oranges. In Central California, we are blessed to have so many oranges grown in our backyard. Major apple production isn’t too far away either with good supplies coming from the foothills and northern California. However, there are no bananas grown in this region. While the most ardent locavores might not choose to have bananas, we’ve heard that many of you would love to be able to add organic bananas to your Ooooby box. After all, it is the #1 consumed fruit in America!

 

It has been a hot debate among local food initiatives like ours, as well as Ooooby chapters in New Zealand and Australia, whether or not to sell imported fruits. At this point in the story, it’s important to understand why we are ‘doing’ Ooooby.

The food system we have come to rely on since the advent of supermarkets has had an unintended consequence of supporting large scale monoculture and long-distance food. In this day and age, most people get their food from an industrial and globalised food system.

Our mission is to make local food accessible and fair, everywhere.

http://www.foodcommonsfresno.org/sourcing   

One of the first steps is to build a base of customers. So, as demand increases, we can reach out to local farmers and let them know we have a channel to market their produce – thereby increasing local production.

 

Building a customer base also means meeting their wants and needs, while paying attention to the philosophy we have of local and natural. Which brings this story back to bananas; we can’t get them locally, so we get the best natural, organic ones we can find, sourced from a fair trade enterprise.

 

Our certified organic bananas are sourced from Dole Food Company, Inc., whose mission is to supply consumers with the finest, high-quality products and to lead the industry in nutrition research and education.

Dole is a Certified Fair Trade company and supports our goals with their overall philosophy of adhering to the highest ethical conduct in all its business dealings, treatment of its employees, and social and environmental policies.

 

Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C, which all help promote heart health.

 

To store, remove bananas from plastic produce bag and store at room temperature. The warmer it is, the faster the bananas will ripen. To slow ripening, refrigerate. Note: peel will turn black but the fruit inside will be fresh and ripe. Bananas can be frozen once the banana is peeled and stored in a freezer bag until ready to use. Fresh lemon juice can be used to hinder browning. If bananas are too green, place them in a brown paper bag, in a warm dry area away from direct sunlight for a day or two to encourage ripening. If there is still not enough yellow appearing on the peel, try placing a ripe apple in the bag with the bananas.

 

With all that being said, we’re happy to say we are going bananas! Thank you for reading about our philosophy and we hope you’re just as bananas about this new offering as we are!

 

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