Hello. As spring and summer approach with its fruit and veg bounty, I’m thinking of getting a veg box again. This would be my first time though in SE23. So what are the best providers? I prefer home deliveries but if the pick up points are convenient then could consider that as well.
We used to use a really great local supplier, Capricorn Organics: http://www.capricornorganics.co.uk/delivery.asp. Paul was our driver, but it looks like someone else is covering Forest Hill now. Can’t remember why we stopped, but it certainly wasn’t because of the way the box scheme worked.
Deliveries on Thursday too. Good delivery day for the weekend!
I have been using Riverford for a few weeks now, and I’m really happy with it. Deliveries to Forest Hill are on Thursdays. The reason I picked Riverford was because there is quite a bit of choice (16 different boxes) and also a make your own. I often add extras like bread,eggs and yogurt which makes my life even easier. This week my box had wild garlic which I’ve tried for the first time and so delicious as pesto. Their recipe channel on YouTube is great.
If you have some left, try making it with walnuts. I’ve also substituted manchego for the parmesan.
We have been using Abel & Cole for several years. Fantastic range of veggies and fruit - you can also get pretty much everything else from them if you wanted to. Reliable, veggies tend to last much longer in the fridge than supermarket bought alternatives and just seem to be much tastier, great range of various box options, and a really useful veggie focused cook book which comes as a free gift with your first order. Delivery day in SE23 is Monday. We have used them for past five years now and not a single complaint or bad product delivered in that time period.
I have used Riverford recently and am happy.
I had my second box last week. I like the boxes. But haven’t been thrilled with the quality of additional items. last week strawberries and asparagus delivered on Thursday were unusable by Saturday. Any similar experiences or is this rare?
My strawberries from last week are still going strong. So far I haven’t had any issues with the extras. I’ve even been getting dairy, beer, etc from them as well – the Greek Yogurt is delicious.
I’ve been doing local greens for 3-4 months now, collecting from The Chandos. I like that it’s all from UK farms, this does mean on a low-week the bag may not be the best, but personally, I’d rather that than paying to transport veg from across Europe. Fresh, tasty, spray-free veg! They also do fruit bags but I haven’t tried those.
I love the idea but I also need convenience which this doesn’t offer me.
Don’t make the mistake of letting Abel & Cole get hold of your details. They’ll call you twice a week until the end of time.
Riverford is amazing, not just because of their 100% organic veg are just incredible but also because of their company ethics that cares about their entire production chain from top to bottom. (https://www.riverford.co.uk/gre/aboutus/)
I will suggest giving a try to OrganicLea too which are based in Lea Valley and they distribute to some places in Lewisham https://www.organiclea.org.uk
I intend to give them another try. At least they refunded me for the duff veg I received. I am hoping it was a one off. OrganicLea sounds great but I am more interested in delivery to the door.
I think Riverford is your best bet. You also have Lee Green, they’re a non-for-profit based in Lee, Lewisham. https://www.leegreens.org
I’m trying out Farmdrop for the first time tomorrow, who for a princely sum will deliver before I go to work in one of their snazzy electric vehicles. Heard a podcast about them a while ago and they do a huge range of products, so I’m intrigued to see what’s on its way…
Website’s down at the moment but the app is ace. And they team up with different providers, so you have a number of options for source farms.
Please let us know how it goes as delivery times always issue with me. Would want delivery as no collection points from various alternatives near me and I don’t have a car. Certainly before work is better as more likely to be in than afterwards.
They look amazing. If you get a veg box, I’d appreciate feedback on that too as they appear to have different ones from different producers.
Yup - they make you pay for it, but then I’ve requested a one-hour slot, so I’m happy to pay if the stuff is good quality. Anything left in the public lobby of my building will get nabbed, plus these guys deliver fresh fish/meat as well (if you order it) so immediate refrigeration is a must in those cases.
Def will feedback. I can’t believe how excited I am about a box of random veg, some cherries and a couple of globe artichokes.