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While Joburgers are strapped for time, they still demand high quality produce and healthy eating options. It was this trend that saw Brad Meiring and Tamryn Dicks join forces in 2014 to create The Munching Mongoose, a weekly delivery service of fruit and vegetables along with things like artisan bread, fresh farm milk and gourmet cheese. The overall idea was to offer the experience of shopping at a produce market to busy people who may not have time to do it themselves.

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Supporting the smaller guys too

“We source our produce from small scale farmers and gastronomic artisans around South Africa,” says Brad. “Our aim is to partner with like-minded people who are producing their goods following ethical, sustainable and organic-based principles.” He hastens to add that although some producers may not be “certified organic” as they’re too small to be able to fund the certification process, they do follow the required principles.

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Free range- Happy range

In the box I received, the creamy milk (in a glass bottle) and the free-range eggs were produced by a small family-run farm called Mooberry Farms, just west of Northriding. Brad told me that the cows and chickens are free to roam and there are no chemicals, hormones or antibiotics given in their feed.

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Organic vegetables

Most of the fresh fruit and vegetables are sourced from small scale farmers in Midrand, the Magaliesburg and Lanseria, which is where my apples, courgettes, butternut and sweet potatoes came from.

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The service is offered on a subscription basis, where you pay a monthly fee for weekly deliveries of your chosen box. Conveniently, you can pause the service if you’re going away or change your box option at any time. There are three size options: the mini bag aimed at singles or couples, a midi box for small families and a maxi box for larger families.

Overall eexperience

I loved the box I was sent for the taste experience, but also for the careful thought behind its contents. It appears I’m not the only one.“It’s fun to get different things every week and everything tastes better than shop-bought,” says Laura from Sandton. Giulio from Oaklands agrees: “I loved the personal touch and attention to detail.”

See for yourself:

Munching Mongoose
076 315 5451

Words: Belinda Mountain
Images: Grayson Dicks

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