Recently for work, I visited Raitongs Organic Farm.
Based in Bang Chak, very close to the BTS (it’s possible to see one of the roof top gardens from inside the BTS once you know where you are looking), Raitongs aims to promote organic and natural farming focusing on food which is both in season and locally sourced.
I was very lucky as thanks to the reason behind my visit, Bryan showed myself and my colleague around, and so we got to see and try first hand some of the produce. I have never tasted rocket that is so fresh or peppery! When I saw the gardens I had to raise a smile, as I never expected to see bales of hay in the middle of Bangkok, let alone a scarecrow!
The produce being grown is still very much in its infancy, and Bryan told us about his future plans, and promised if we were to come back in 6 months time, we would see very different gardens, with climbing plants themselves creating shade and shelter for the other plants from the fierceness of the sun.
After seeing their popular munching boxes being packed up, and looking at the freshness, colour and variety of what came in the boxes, I was sold and that night I went online to order myself one of their boxes. I love yoghurt, so decided to go for a Peck n Graze Box: 2kg of fresh fruit and vegetables, 4 artisan yoghurts and 6 eggs. I don’t eat eggs, so I asked if I could swap them for something, and I was told immediately I could have 5 yoghurts instead, which suited me down to the ground as it covers all of my breakfasts at work during the week.
I placed my order on a Friday, paid my money for a months subscription plus delivery into their bank account over the weekend (2340 baht for the month) and received my first delivery the following Tuesday.
It was exciting unpacking my first box, and this is what I received:
Plum tomatoes, lettuces, spinach and baby carrots
Star fruit, bananas and Thai pumpkin
Yoghurts: peach, strawberry, apple and cinnamon, pear and plain
I am so happy I signed up to this. It’s going to make me try lots of new foods – I have never had star fruit before this week, tomorrow I am going to make some carrot, tomato and coriander soup and the yoghurts are just to die for.
There are 3 other boxes also available: Munching Box (4kg fresh fruit and leaves), Nosh Box (fruit and veg, 6 free range eggs and an Urban Pantry bread loaf) and a Gorilla box (fruit). Each box varies slightly on price, but they are all pretty similar – email for more details.
I am excited already for Tuesday to see what I have this week!