Bristol vegetable box schemes

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Vegetable box schemes are nothing new. They’re a great way of encouraging people to cook more at home, to ensure that you stick to seasonal foods, and can even introduce you to vegetables you’d never have thought to buy or had never heard of (as one friend recently discovered when salsify appeared in her veg box).

Most will be aware of the big players in this market, such as Abel & Cole and Riverford, but those interested in supporting local food producers may wish to consider using one of the many schemes operating in Bristol and the local area…

 

AJP Growers

Based in Stowey (BS39), free delivery to these postcode areas

Priding themselves on the fact that they have supplied Prince Charles at Highgrove and that they have appeared on The Great British Menu, AJP are a family-run nursery based in Stowey (BS39).

The nursery offers a range of fruit and veg boxes, starting at £5 for the small fruit box and going up to £14 for the large veg box. A combined fruit and veg box is also available, and additional fruits, vegetables, herbs and salad items can be added to your order.

In addition, the company checks their prices weekly against those of leading supermarkets, and is on average 20% cheaper than every supermarket (comparing their organic prices to AJP’s).

 

The Community Farm

Based in Chew Magna (BS40), delivery to these postcode areas

Chew Magna’s Community Farm inherited their veg box scheme from The Better Food Company. With a huge range of boxes available, their aim, when creating the boxes, is to balance out “the best seasonal produce with the practical considerations of what you need to get your dinner on the table”.

£8-£20 is the price range here, with apples, carrots, onions, potatoes and oranges available separately as bulk purchases. Box contents are published on the Farm’s website each week, and can be seen here.

 

Leigh Court Farm

Based in Abbots Leigh (BS8), orders delivered to these collection points for customer pick-up

Claiming that the price of their boxes is around 30% less than customers would pay at a farmers’ market, the majority of the produce appearing in Leigh Court’s boxes is grown on the farm, but supplemented with items from the rest of the UK and Europe.

Boxes range from an £8 fruit box to a £17 veg box, and customers have the option of specifying up to three veg “dislikes” if there are items that they don’t want in their boxes. Box contents can be seen online here – I particularly like the fact that the source of each item is specified on the site.

 

Reg The Veg

Based in Clifton Village (BS8), website unclear as to delivery areas

Nice and simple from Boyce’s Avenue’s Reg the Veg: two options available for their home delivery service.

Option 1 – You Choose

Unlike other box schemes, we are giving you the freedom to pick & choose the fruit & veg you want. We will then deliver your selection directly to your door.

The minimum offer for delivery is £10. If your order comes to less we will make it up to £10 with a selection of fruit & veg.

Option 2 – We Choose

A selection of our finest seasonal fruit & veg (selection will vary weekly).

Small box of mixed fruit & veg: £10 (1-2 people)

Medium box of mixed fruit & veg: £15 (2-3 people)

Family box of mixed fruit & veg: £20 (4+ people)

 

Somerset Local Food Direct

Company based in Glastonbury, delivery in the areas shown on this map

This is the one site I keep meaning to order from and never yet have! Somerset Local Food Direct is a community business run by local producers, meaning that almost all products available on the site are locally produced. It’s not just fruit and veg – you can buy just about anything you need, from Bristol-made rocket pesto to Bakewell tarts made in Wincanton.

Vegetable box prices start at £2.50 for a one person fruit & veg bag, ranging to £14 for a large vegetable box. As with many of the other local schemes, extras can be added to your order.

 

VegBox2U

Based in Churchill (BS25), free delivery to Bristol and North Somerset

VegBox2U supply not only vegetable boxes, but also meat, jams, breads, dairy products and more: specialising in local and British produce, but opting for further afield for items not grown locally.

Boxes range from £10-£20, with a guide to contents available on their website. If you want to supplement your order with additional fruit or veg, the company has a VERY long list from which to choose!

Interestingly, there’s also a section on the site about becoming an agent for VegBox2U, which looks like good fun.

 

If you know of any other local vegetable box schemes that should be included in the above list, do let me know and I’ll include them!

4 Responses to Bristol vegetable box schemes

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  2. We go out to Leigh Court Farm on Saturdays when they open as a shop and you can buy the veggies direct. Drive past the Clifton entrance to Ashton Court, on past the traffic lights in the direction of the motorway, then when you see the garden centre sign on the right, on an awkward bend, drive down to the farm which is at the bottom. Then you get to choose. We ate loads of brussel sprout tops this winter from there. Gorgeous tender greens with only a hint of sprout about them! Then walk dogs in Leigh Woods, so you get two activities for one car journey. Leigh Court Farm also have some of the best and freshest eggs you can buy in Bristol.

  3. I've just spoken to AJP. They don't deliver veg boxes any more – thought I'd let you know in case you want to update these details 🙂

  4. Hi Guys, I’ve taken over a new organic food shop in Bristol called Chi wholefoods. I love your site and was hoping to get a mention above. Can I offer a link back from my site as I do love what you are doing. We offer a veg box scheme and you can read more here:

    http://www.chiwholefoods.co.uk/bristol-organic-veg-box/

    Our details are here:
    Chi Wholefoods,
    Unit 3,
    Chapel Court,
    Chapel Street,
    Bristol,
    BS2 0UL.

    07584 063895
    http://www.chiwholefoods.co.uk

    Thank you and keep up the good work.

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