We get our vegetables from organic farms, mostly in Denmark, but also from other European countries such as The Netherlands, Italy and Spain. We order both our national and international produce week-by-week as the availability depends on what has been discarded and surplus due to the beauty standards of the food industry.
During the summer and fall our boxes consist of 60-75% Danish fruit and vegetables. In the end of vinter and beginning of spring we have up to 75% international produce in the boes as the harvest season is running out in Denmark and the rest of the nordic countries at around this time. The farmers call this time of year “the hungry gap”, because at the same time there is not much to harvest yet in these cold months.
We chose to also source from other parts of Europe because we know that food waste is a global problem. Many organic farms in Italy and Spain contacted us themselves, and asked if we could help with the one in three fruits and vegetables that they're forced to throw out. We always order directly from the international farmers, although it sometimes happens that a delivery of perfectly good veggies are stranded in Denmark after being rejected on arrival. The produce is transported from Southern Europe by truck, but did you know that transportation only counts for 6% of the CO2e emission of the global food chain?
It happens that we get special overseas produce, but only when it's stranded somewhere in Denmark or Europe, because some store has refused to take it even though they ordered it. This leaves the organic farmers in a tough situation, where they lose the income or can be forced to sell the produce at the lower price of conventional produce, both resulting in a big financial loss for the organic farmers. This is why we sometimes buy pineapples, mangoes or prickly pears to support the oversea farmers by paying them what they deserve, save food from going to waste in the European harbours, and at the same time to bring some color and fun into our boxes.