Harvest Festivals took place all over the country last weekend, but if you’re not celebrating a bumper crop of home-grown produce this year, you’re not alone. According to the Soil Association, more and more of us are buying our fruit and vegetables from local shops, and especially online. Vegetable boxes are booming, so which offer the best quality and value for money?
Abel & Cole is the original big hitter of the veg box delivery world and delivers organic and seasonal veg all over the UK. If you hate certain greens, you can tailor the contents of your box online. Boxes start at £11.50 with 50% off your first and fourth box, plus a free cookbook with your first order. abelandcole.co.uk.
Riverford is another veg box giant. You can’t switch the veg listed in a box, but there are enough box options to find one containing all your favourites. Prices start at £13.95 with free delivery. riverford.co.uk
Parsnips and Pears assure you that when you buy from them, you’re practically a farmer. Their farms are in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire and they home deliver in ten counties, including Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. A large box is £20.99 which they pitch as plenty to feed 4-6 hungry people for a week, with enough left for Sunday lunch. parsnipsandpears.co.uk
Organic Trail is the longest established box scheme and organic company in Milton Keynes. A large veg box costs £20 and delivery is free to the general MK area, including Towcester, Leighton Buzzard, Winslow, Olney, Buckingham and the surrounding area. organictrail.co.uk
Seasons Fruit & Veg in Bedfordshire is passionate about supporting local growers and producers. You can choose a box, or build your own through their online shop. A family box costs £16 and their delivery area covers Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. seasonsfruitandveg.co.uk.
The Northampton Grocer has large fruit and veg boxes for £20 plus £2 to deliver to a Northamptonshire postcode. Or you can collect from their High Street shop in Rothwell. veg2you.net
Most of these companies can add free-range meat and eggs sourced from your local region to your order. Think of all that time you’ll save without supermarket shopping. You never know, perhaps enough time to think about growing your own.