Vegetable Box Schemes

Local Vegetable Box schemes

I'm afraid I have no experience of any of the following, so can't offer any advice. However, here are a couple...

For info on truly local box schemes check out www.local-food.net and search for "Box Schemes"

ONLY ORGANIC (www.onlyorganic.org)

"We deliver fresh organic and in conversion produce to large parts of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and a small part of Hertfordshire...

"At Only Organic we always buy and supply local produce when it’s available. We use Sandy Lane Farm (4.5 miles away) and Laverstoke Park (41 miles away) to supply the bulk of your food and we have a team of 6 part-time staff, all of whom are local. If you choose to use us you are helping to support your local economy in a very tangible way"

If you're looking for convenience over local food then there are a few options, like ABEL & COLE (www.abel-cole.co.uk)

Email organics@abel-cole.co.uk; Tel: 08452 62 62 62; Fax: 020 8947 6662 (lines are open 8.30am - 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am - 6.30pm on Friday and 9am - 5pm on Saturdays).

For more details see http://www.dailyinfo.co.uk/guide/shopping/food.html

Comments

Tollhurst Organics

I get my veg box from Tollhurst organics, which is a farm between Reading and Oxford supplying veggies boxes to Oxford and Reading.

They have 3 sizes:

Small: £7
Medium: £9.50
Large: £13

The small is enough for about 1 person for a week, the medium 2 people and the large 3-4. You get more variety in the Large and Medium boxes, so it makes sense to find a friend or two and split a large or medium box.

The veg is really good quality. I've only been getting it since the start of the winter, so it's been mainly root veg plus a few winter leaves like chard, spinach etc. The boxes can be a bit potato heavy some weaks, but I guess that's only to be expected this time of year.

They also do salad packs (about £1.50) which have loads of lucious salad leaves and are well worth the money. You can get fruit boxes too, but I haven't tried one of those yet.

They have collection points around Oxford where you collect your box from (although they're actually bags so can fit in a rucksack.

To get in touch with the co-ordinator see tolhurstorganic@yahoo.co.uk

You can download their full leaflet & pricelist at http://www.isleofcats.co.uk/files/tolhurt_prices.pdf

When I lived out of college

When I lived out of college last year, I used these guys and as far as I know they're the best genuinely local veg box scheme in Oxford. It's the real deal of a weekly selection of what's coming out from their farm rather than the Riverford/Abel & Cole glorified supermarket trolley!

Would you be keen to write up or demonstrate creative ways to cook some of your seasonal veg?

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