When I was younger we had a weekly vegetable box delivery at home and it was great. Unable to predict the contents the vegetables were varied enough to allow my mum to experiment with things like stuffed aubergines or soups.
I’ve been aware of various vegetable box deliveries in Reading for some years, but have never properly looked into getting one before. Instead I would pick up the occasional vegetable at the supermarkets and mostly just eat food that didn’t include vegetables.
Overall I think it’s the fact that the deliveries can include anything that I like about the idea as it allows me to be creative.
I’ve found the following veg boxes available in Reading:
- Abel & Cole: The variety of boxes they have available looks great and they also offer wines and other items. Currently my favourite and I’m awaiting @hellobonobo‘s feedback seeing she just ordered her first box. Prices range from £8.50 [7 items] to £24 [13 items]. Weekly basis or one offs.
- Kelly’s Veggies: Horrible talking flash intro is horrible.. Initially I was interested in this, but I’m not too convinced with this week’s boxes. £12 for a small box [seven mixed fruit/veg items] and £17 for a large one [ten mixed fruit/veg items]. Eggs and potatoes can be added. Monthly basis.
- milk & more: My local milkman could deliver three times a week, but it doesn’t specify at all what time that would be. I’d be worried if the items were outside all day. It doesn’t specify number of items and the pricing is £10 – £13. Their FAQs and site design leaves a lot to be desired for, but additional items like soup seem interesting though I can always pick that up in a normal supermarket. Monthly basis.
- Riverford: This one was trialled by @sahfenn and she blogged about it, too. She ended up cancelling it after a few weeks though due to fewer items being included. Their boxes range from £10 – £18 and don’t specify the number of contents. They do have various other items though, such as vanilla pods, bread and curious things like banana chutney which I now feel like I have to try! And they have wine. Weekly basis or one offs.
- farmaround organic: £9 – £16 for various boxes. Minimum order £12.50 and £1.50 delivery charge. My delivery would be at some point on Thursdays. Not sure if I would rate the site as trustworthy though and would be happy to supply my card information.
Granted my milk & more complaint about the delivery time is the same for the others, but it’s mainly the site design that bugs me. I can barely find anything on there and it doesn’t seem quite so transparent and targeted to the local area.
I have enough vegetables to last me a week or at least until @hellobonobo can tell me about Abel & Cole.
II am also still looking for other suggestions.