PEERING into the giant cardboard box I - for a moment - felt how Lucy must have been feeling when she took her first glimpse at Narnia from the back of that wardrobe.
Among the unusual sights and smells there were familiar ones too, such as the scent of fresh soil.
My imagination ran wild. So many exciting possibilities. Too many, maybe.
I delved into the box's darkest corner and made a purposeful grab, resurfacing with a glossy aubergine, which shimmered purple as I brought it in to the light.
This was my first box of organic fruit and vegetables from Abel and Cole and my mind raced with ideas on how best to use them.
Along with the aforementioned aubergine, the goodies were courgettes, potatoes, onions, cauliflower, lettuce, apples, Fairtrade bananas and oranges.
Oh, and a vegetable popular with the Dutch called kohl rabi. I only know this from reading all about it in my cherished Abel and Cole recipe book.
The boy and I pledged to make the most of this treasure trove, starting with a meal last night.
While he was responsible for our main course I agreed to tackle pud.
We headed to Birmingham's market to buy the extra bits we needed, including some free range eggs (a steal at 80p for six), some lemons (three for 50p) and some lamb. However, our favourite butcher A.P Doherty told us lamb had been in short supply this week, so instead we popped into Sainsbury's.
The boy opted for a middle Eastern-inspired dish of marinated lamb with aubergine and tomatoes from Bill Granger's Open Kitchen book, while I too looked to our favourite Antipodean chef for my banana and maple syrup upside down cake.
We used the flavourful soft lettuce in a side salad to accompany our main course, and some crusty bread to mop up the juices of the paprika-spiked aubergine stew.
The meal turned out beautifully and we savored every mouthful.
Vegetables and fruits were of paramount quality.
Plans for the rest of the Abel and Cole goodies include a spiced courgette soup and a apple crumble.
I am puzzling over what to do with the kohl rabi though.
Like Lucy, when she was invited to tea with Mr Tumnus the faun, it's a bit of a leap into the unknown.
My Abel and Cole cookbook recommends gratinating it, which is a definite possibility... any ideas?
For more details on Abel and Cole's organic produce delivery service, which also includes meat, fish and bread, visit www.abelandcole.co.uk