Thursday, July 22, 2010

Organic Veg Box Schemes

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Organic seasonal produce is one of the best ways to feed your family, as it's nutritious and much less taxing on the earth. Apart from growing it yourself, the best way I’ve found to get my hands on good, quality produce is to sign up with a vegetable box delivery company. There are many options out there and most can be tailored to your family’s needs as many now deliver more than just vegetable boxes which makes it more economic and useful for the weekly shop.

Here are just a few options for organic delivery companies:

Abel & Cole

Delivering organic food and drink across southern England including organic fruit and vegetables, Abel & Cole offers organic meats, sustainably caught fish, dairy and freshly baked bread. It works with a network of more than 50 British producers to bring local, seasonal and organic food fresh from the grower. (Hot Vouchers also has some discounts and vouchers for them!)

Organic Delivery Company

Organic fresh fruits, juices, nuts, chocolate, and plenty more. Deliveries to the kitchen table or workplace. They also offer Fair Trade organic gift hampers, made to order. Organic Delivery pride themselves on the quality of their produce and their commitment to food miles.

Riverford Organic

Riverford offers many differnt sizes and types of vegetable and fruit boxes in addition to an amazing selection of meat, dairy, milk and eggs, kitchen pantry items, chocolates, wine and beers, even more items for your kitchen kit. They deliver around 47,000 boxes a week to homes around the UK.

Some good tips and things to look for when choosing a provider (other than basic questions like - do they deliver to my area, are they accurate with my orders etc)...

1) They should all clearly mark where their produce is coming from. While organic, not all produce will be coming locally - especially bananas, so be on the lookout for these.

2) How flexible are they in their boxes? Can you choose to exclude certain veggies that show up every month of the year (and for which you only have a handful of recipes)?

3) What other products on your weekly list can you include in your box (i.e. dairy, meats, coffee, pantry items etc) and how do they compare with local organics that you normally purchase from?

4) In what condition are the fruits and veggies when they arrive? Granted most will not be as pristine as in conventional stores, but are the carrots so caked in dirt that you're paying more for dirt than for carrots?

5) How much do they give you for what you pay for? Is it worth it? I'm a firm believer that organic fruits and veggies do not equal anemic fruits and veggies.

Bon veggie!

PS. If you've ordered your organic box and don't know what to do with all your veggies, check out for great recipes and ideas organized by vegetable for quick and easy searching!

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