Temptation of the veg

27 Apr

I’ve written before about the new-to-this-expat excitement of a local veg box scheme.  (See tag: veg*)  I love the concept of local organic foods, grown within a small radius of my home, supporting local growers and small business — with the convenience of having someone else pick interesting vegetables and drop them off on my doorstep every week.   We did all right with our original box scheme company, but now I’m playing the field.  Right now we’re trying out Ocado.  Ocado is an online-only grocery store which also provides organic veg boxes, with either one-offs or weekly delivery.  So along with my delivered veg, I can get milk, or wine, or toilet paper — very convenient.  Oh, and even some pretty flowers:

I used to have groceries delivered back in the States, but gave that up when the delivery fees skyrocketed.  ($13 to drop milk at my house?  Sorry, Safeway.)  Here grocery delivery seems much more the norm.  Most places deliver for a nominal fee or for free.  I was happy with our occasional Waitrose delivery, but found the need to schedule deliveries a week or more in advance a bit cumbersome.  Ocado is hitting all my happy buttons, with next-day and even same-day delivery, and I can put together a shopping list and even order everything via an app on my phone.  Easy!

Of course, the proof is in the box:

All interesting (fennel, this week!  and look at that celeriac!), all fresh, some local — yet some items from as far away as Spain, and the veg looks suspiciously sanitized.  I miss opening a veg box and having the earthy, intense aroma of Cotswold soil surround me.  But I welcome being able to eat everything in the box, instead of picking off bugs and cutting off brown bits.  Is the Ocado veg box my winner?  I still need to check out some other places — Riverford and Able&Cole are next on the list — the veg box saga continues.

*Yeah, that’s right.  I’m using “tags” and “categories” now.  Because I am Mrs Fancy Pants of the Fancy Pants League of Fancy.  Enjoy!

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8 Responses to “Temptation of the veg”

  1. satnavandcider April 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to try the veg box delivery, but still haven’t. (Just lazy, I guess?) I’m interested to hear your conclusions after you’ve done all your research and testing. BTW, what does one do with celeriac?

    • Monique April 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Oh, no, I refuse to accept laziness as a reason for not letting someone else shop for you and deliver the food right to your door. You can shop in your pajamas and don’t even need to see another person to have food show up in your kitchen! I am the queen of lazy shopping, believe me. 😉

    • Monique April 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      Oh, whoops, celeriac. It’s very nice, a bit mild, good for soups, or add to potato for a mash, or anything Jamie Oliver says to do. He is my brit food god.

      • satnavandcider April 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

        Thanks, Monique. I’ll have to try it sometime.

  2. Zazzy April 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    The only local CSA I can find here, which would require me making a special trip 30 miles away, is way out of my price range. I’m going to have to work harder at finding the farmer’s markets in the area. Nice looking box there, though.

    • Monique April 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      I know just what you mean! There was nothing like this where we lived back home. There were some CSAs but no home delivery, and the prices were not as competitive. Here there are so many box scheme providers, the competition keeps prices bearable.

  3. Tesni April 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    We get the Riverford boxes and they are excellent! Easy to postpone, order extra items etc,

    • Monique May 1, 2012 at 6:59 am #

      Excellent! They seem to have very happy customers.

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