Veg box deliveries.. What an amazing invention!
Maybe you are not a great fan of the whole greens shenanigans.. or maybe you are an addict! Or in the middle - whichever category you identify yourself with read on!
First of all - it's super convenient. Vegetables that gets delivered to your front door (you don't even have to be waiting for them in the house if you have a safe place for them to be left in) means no trips to the grocery store (or supermarket) stuck in traffic, looking for parking, queuing, or walking back with heavy bags (for a veg addict like me - those bags can fill up quite quickly!).
Secondly - less packaging! I am always very shocked to see how much (plastic) packaging is on the fruit and vegetable aisle in supermarkets (and unfortunately even some grocery stores!). Whereas my veg box comes with as little plastic as possible, just a couple of bags (which I reuse and reuse) and the box for the strawberries (which you could reuse for plants etc..) with most ingredients loose in the box, or in paper bags. And the box is a typical wooden box that you return. Amazing!
Third reason why I love them? - Products are local! Go look at the fruit and vegetable section in the supermarket, and you will notice that most of the produces come from abroad. Not even the same country, hey not even the same continent! (and grocery stores weirdly follow just the same bad pattern as the big supermarket chains, have a look next time you go to one!). Imagine the miles that produce has had to do before arriving to your plate - not only is bad for the carbon footprint (thus environmental impact) but I am ready to bet that the nutrient content has been reduced. Not to talk about the chemicals that have been used to make the produces last the trip... I am taking local, thanks! Also locally produced means supporting the local economy and play a positive role in the community , which in my opinion is something we should really be thinking about in this crazy globalised world.
Last but not least - they are very tasty! And, as you don't normally get to choose what gets in there, it makes you creative in the kitchen. You have to get inventive! And learn to use new produces. I get my boxes from Flavour First and if you are reading this from Northern Ireland I totally give them some big thumbs up! Very easy to contact, easy to use online platform for ordering (hey that's important too!), but most important I find their veg very tasty and my only regret is not having found them earlier! And they send you a little recipe sheet for the produces which are yummy!
So - wherever you are, find a local veg box delivery company. Make sure they are local, read a little bit about their background and who they are and what their philosophy is. The most local and most organic as possible would give you the best benefits.
For example, I love the honesty and approach of Flavour First
From their website
'We do not market FlavourFirst as Organic as we cannot guarantee that all the produce delivered is organic. We market ourselves as fresh, local and seasonal. However, the crops that we grow ourselves use minimal chemicals and occasionally we do source produce from organic growers and include it in the boxes. In Donaghadee we grow a very extensive range of veg as chemically free as we can, both in our fields and poly tunnels. We also have other local growers around Newtownards and Comber growing other types of veg. The mushrooms and apples follow tradition and come from Armagh. However, during ‘The Hungry Gap’ you may find more imported produce in your box.
We grow and source local fruit whenever possible but do have to rely heavily on imports due to our weather.
We only supply Free Range Eggs fresh from our farm. Our flock of hens are supplement fed with second grade produce. They’re some yolks!'
(I can confirm the eggs are amazing! And no I am not sponsored by them, I just love my new boxes!)
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