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!