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The 10 Best Vegetable boxes

Whether you're after family staples or more exotic offerings, there's no shortage of choice. So dust off those cookbooks, get your chopping board ready, then just sit back and wait for delivery

1. Farmison

Farmison was set up by two old friends who used to be restaurateurs and therefore had the right contacts to source great produce from small, specialist suppliers and make it available nationally via their website. It's great quality and comes with or without fruit.

From £18.95, farmison.com

2.  Local Greens

Customers who join this not-for-profit scheme get to pick up a weekly vegetable bag from one of 15 local collection points in south-east London. Contents are always seasonal, interesting and affordable. Meanwhile, the farmers, of which there are five, get a fair deal. Everyone's a winner.

From £7.50, localgreens.org.uk

3. Abel & Cole

One of the original pioneers of the veg box, Abel & Cole has no shortage of sizes and options available, including our favourite - the gourmet option. There's a "dislikes" option so you can permanently remove any fruit and veg you don't want and the free weekly recipes are inspiring.

From £10, abelandcole.co.uk

4. 5ADay

5ADay boxes, of which there are six types, come straight from Stills Farm in Wiltshire. Prices are adjusted according to weekly market fluctuations and the new, All British Rainbow Box is particularly innovative, incorporating purple cauliflower through to candy-striped beetroot.

From £17.50, 5adaybox.co.uk

5. Riverford

This family-run company has five farms around England delivering local veg to local folk. It does great combination boxes for those who want fruit or meat too, and the taste is top-notch.

From £10.45, riverford.co.uk

6. Shillingford Organics

Set in a sheltered valley near Exeter, this 350-acre farm's rich, Devon soil is perfect for growing arable and horticultural crops and has been fully organic since 2002. A total of 20 acres, including four polytunnels, are dedicated to growing organic vegetables for the box scheme.

From £8.50, shillingfordorganics.co.uk

7. Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh is aimed at people who like gourmet food but don't have the inspiration or time to shop. As such, the brown-paper parcels contain mainly fruit and veg, but supplemented with all the other ingredients you need for fuss-free meals with no leftover waste. Genius.

From £36 (three meals for two people), hellofresh.co.uk

8. Ocado

There are mixed reviews online, with some customers claiming the veg isn't up to scratch, but others rave about the variety, tastiness and quantity. There's no doubt they encourage creativity in the kitchen and anything you don't need can be whipped up into soups.

From £6.99, ocado.com

9. Farmaround

Your delivery will arrive in a rustic brown sack, which gives a charming, retro feel. And you won't be disappointed with the contents. It's a reminder of how vegetables ought to look and taste and the variety is astounding – even Mediterranean and juicing bags are available.

From £10.20, farmaround.co.uk

10. Growing Communities

As well as running its own award-winning box scheme in north London, this outfit has a start-up programme which mentors other communities in the UK to establish their own. So far, six have been launched and five more are in the process of doing so.

From £7.75, growingcommunities.org