I’ve been ordering veg boxes for the past 3 years now, trying my best to favour organic, local and where possible plastic-free produce. For the most part it’s been fantastic, however I have noticed more and more plastic creeping in! I also used to opt for the UK only veg box option, however coupled with the produce we’re growing ourselves we often had too much of one thing, so we reverted to a no-root-veg box. It was still in our opinion a better choice than the supermarket but meant the food was travelling a lot further than we’d have liked, though I can’t fault the company, their customer service was fantastic.
I was extremely excited to find a veg box service from a local farm approximately 8 miles away, who would be able to supply us with a cheaper box, grown right here in Dorset. So we switched! I explained that I don’t want any plastic, and the farmer is very happy to use paper bags or even take my containers to refill.
One of the best parts is that he delivers the veg boxes himself, so I got to meet face to face the person growing my food, a real rarity these days. It made me more appreciative of the food and I haven’t wasted a thing, it feels really precious when you’re that close to it. He also brings the food in a wooden crate which he then takes back the next week and reuses. No disposables! I can’t believe my luck!
I am of course aware we might have doubles of produce again, as we’ll be a little limited by what can grow in the UK at certain times of the year, so to combat this I have ordered seeds of unusual varieties of vegetables from the Real Seed catalogue, in the hope of avoiding duplicates. They’re a great little company that try to keep unusual and heirloom varieties going, as biodiversity globally is in decline.
Now we have broken up the soil with a large crop of potatoes in 2017 we’ll also be diversifying what we plant this year, making things more interesting for us and embracing the permaculture principles of ‘use and value diversity’ and ‘creatively use and respond to change’.