Your Planet: Green deliveries
The ten best vegetable boxes
Tuesday 20 September 2005
1. The Organic Farmers Market
Order any size of vegetable box or discover a new range - an organic Devon cream tea or summer barbecue delivered in a box. They promise fresh produce from the West country, from the field to your door in just 48 hours. Check out the recipe pages on the website and order the ingredients for the whole meal with just one click.
2. Graig Farm Organics
Choose a box containing just salad, potatoes or apples, or alternatively a mixed box of fruit or vegetables. Most products are sourced in the Welsh marches with local apples and pears when in season. They have a large range of organic extras including meat labelled with the breed of animal, as well as website addresses for more information on its farm of origin.
01597 851655 www.graigfarm.co.uk
3. Old Granary Organics Offering mostly produce from the UK - south Hereford in particular - Old Granary has five box sizes ranging in price from £17 to £25. Bread, eggs, olive oil and orange juice are extras and they provide recipe ideas based on the ingredients in the box each week. The business is small and personal, so you can ask them to leave out any vegetable varieties you may not like.
01938 561411 www.ogorganics.co.uk
4. Abel & Cole
Selling 20 different boxes and bags - from £6 for a vegetable bag to £20.50 for a family box - they also offer meat, bread, pantry goods and drinks, sustainably sourced fish and environmentally friendly cleaning products. A newsletter features information on one of their farmers each week. Most of the produce is UK-grown but any imports come from the closest European countries.
0845 262 6262 www.abel-cole.co.uk
Specialising in weekly home delivery of selections of organic fruit and vegetables, they have family bags, mini bags for single people and salad boxes. You can order staples like potatoes and apples by the kilo as well as adding "modules" such as Mediterranean vegetables or fruits for juicing. They also have eco-friendly cleaning products and an organic grocery range.
020 7327 8066 www.farmaround.co.uk
Packed one day and delivered the next, the boxes contain staples and exotics, roots and salads and 85 per cent of the produce comes from South Devon. Choose from five box sizes from £7 to £12 and add extra milk and dairy products, cereals, juice and chocolate. The box also includes a weekly recipe by in house chef Jane Baxter with ideas on how to use the seasonal contents.
0845 600 2311 www.riverford.co.uk
In addition to their three mixed fruit and vegetable boxes, ranging in price from £24 to £34, they offer organic pulses, rice and pasta, oil, spices, cereals and tinned produce. To ensure variety there are peppers from Europe, African fruit and a recipe provided by Nigel, Chef at the Eighth Day Organic Restaurant in Manchester. There's even a fruit box for your office at £34.95.
08000 93 22 49 www.organics-4u.co.uk
8. Fresh Food Co. Ltd
Originally set up to provide the freshest fish, this company was one of the first to sell organic food online. Produce comes from East Anglia and you can choose to receive a box of seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as wine, fish, beer and meat. The website offers useful tips on how to use and store your purchases.
020 8749 8778 email@example.com
9. West Country Organics
From food supplied by farmers in the south west of England, you have the choice of more than eighty products and a weekly or two-weekly delivery of organic vegetables and fruit including seasonal produce. Extra items can be included such as meats, cheeses, butter, wine, fish, eggs, and other organic and vegetarian foods.
01647 270056 www.westcountryorganics.co.uk
10. Organic Connections
This Cambridgeshire-based company grows the majority of its produce on its own farm and what it can't grow it sources from local growers and small co-operatives in Spain and France. Its boxes of vegetables and fruit start at £7.50 for a value box and £13.50 will get you a standard box. They also provide tips and recipes for unusual vegetables when in season.
01945 773374 www.organic-connections.co.uk
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