Fruit and vegetable boxes are a collection of quality, seasonal produce, delivered directly from your local farm to your door on a subscription basis.
Last week we learnt how busy life can get, which can result in convenience foods. One timesaving tip which could help you to eat healthier are fruit and vegetable boxes. Fruit and vegetable boxes are a great way to eat fresh produce that is seasonal, local and full of taste. Additionally, many fruit and vegetable boxes tend to cater to a wide variety of tastes, budgets and health needs making it easier to get your ‘5-a-day’.
Who should consider fruit and vegetable boxes? Anyone who is short on time and desires good quality, decent priced produce. Let me give you some examples:
- Busy mothers
- Busy Parents
- Late workers
- City workers
- Shift workers
Today on the blog, we’ll look at Riverford Organics. This delivery service begun in 1987 when farmer, Guy Watson started delivering vegetables locally to 30 of his friends in Devon. Riverford Organics has been expanding since then and now delivers a staggering 47,000 boxes a week to homes around the UK from their regional farms.
With flexibility in mind, they allow customers to choose weekly (or as often as suits you) and prices start from £11.45. Not only do they offer fruit and veg, but they offer organic meats, cheese, chocolate, cupboard staples and more. Here are a list of the different box types.
- Recipe boxes
- Organic Fruit & Veg box
- Organic Veg box
- Organic fruit box
- Organic fruit bag
- Organic meat box
- Juicing box
- Organic Salad box
I am determined to try all boxes! But for today, I will be reviewing the fruit and veg box.
The delivering of my fruits and vegetable box was straight forward. Purchases can be made via The Riverford Organics website which is very easy to navigate. They deliver between 6am and 8pm on your delivery day. The great thing about Riverford is that you don’t need to be at home to receive your delivery. Surprisingly, more than 70% of their customers are out when they deliver. If you however make a regular order, you may notice that your delivery is at a similar time each week. You can leave the driver instructions to place your order in a safe place (e.g as with your neighbour, in your porch or in your garden). If you have not given them instructions, the driver will leave it in the most sensible place he can find and put a note through your door as to its whereabouts.
My fruit and vegetable bags came before 12pm, which was helpful. My family were there to collect it for me as I was out. They reported the delivery man being very kind and helpful. This doesn’t surprise me as I have ordered from Riverford before and yes, I remember the great tasting fruit…but I will never forget the friendly face which delivered it. Sounds cheesy!… But it’s great to see employees joyful in their jobs.
CONTENTS OF BAG
I was pleasantly impressed in the variety of fruits and vegetables (detailed below) within the box and how it was packed so efficiently. Not only did I get all the lovely fruit and vegetables that I was expecting, but I also got a warm letter welcoming me and recipes also. The produce was delivered in a strong, durable and recyclable box, which they kindly ask you to return on your next delivery. Here’s what I got!
NB: The content of bags will vary according to each season.
Fruit enclosed: Bananas, mango, apples.
Vegetables enclosed: Tomatoes, garlic, carrots, sweet potato, potatoes, leeks and onions.
I got this box last week and already, I have eaten most of the fruit by taking it to lunch, sharing with my family, using it in smoothies and the vegetables are starring in many of my savoury recipes such as stews and curries.
I loved my box and love the company. The fruit and veg were flavourful and offered such a variety. The only thing I would say is that the tomatoes were not as I expected. But it isn’t tomato season, so that would have a knock on affect on the taste. I have tried the tomatoes during season and remember them tasting homegrown, sweet-salty and bursting with flavour. But on the whole, this box is great. It saved me from going to the supermarket twice and thrice and it allowed me to venture out in cooking and trying my new ingredients that I don’t normally get. So be sure to visit Riverford Organics, have a look around and order a box if you please!
Comment below if you have tried Riverford Organics or are hoping to try them out!
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