After my experience, yes you should get a vegetable box delivered! But go local. I saw Thorpe Lea Farm Shop pop up in my village’s Facebook group and jumped at a chance to get a box. Other highlights of the group include the old lady that tied herself to a lamp post and the village framer that frames dog poos and posts them….. This. Ain’t. London. But that’s why I love it. You love my digressions don’t you guys?
Why did I jump at the chance to get a vegetable box delivered to my home?
I’ve always liked the idea of Able and Cole and Riverford delivery but as their vans drive all over the country I didn’t feel like I was saving any food miles. I’d rather visit a farm shop or market if I have the time. I know they offer convenient time slots and lots of choice, but Ocado allow you to add a (GREAT) veg box to their shops and then that’s only one van on the road delivering my shopping rather than two. I mean zero would be ideal, but there is a balance with convenience and ease.
These days I’m cooking for one most of the time and regular orders from Ocado don’t work for me anymore, this means popping to the farm shop, the Tesco metro (oh the shame) or grabbing the bits and bobs I need where ever I am. This is why when I saw Thorpe Lea Farm Shop pop up with weekly deliveries to my village I couldn’t help but be excited. They are 6 miles from my house and deliver to lots of local homes.
The customer service was fab, I dealt with them via Facebook messenger and paid via bacs as I wouldn’t be in. The lovely Laura kept me up to date and advised on add ons, I was offered eggs (duck or chicken) and I got extra lemons for G&Ts. I told them I was just one person so they gave me LOADS of variety, satsumas, bananas, a few apples, plums, a lime, a few carrots, lettuce, a cucumber, mushrooms, a cauliflower, a broccoli, potatoes, chillis, ginger, strawberries and a GIANT onion. All great things for a week (and more) of meals.
The inside of my veg box got me so inspired, I thought I’d tell you about what I’ve made (so far) :
- These banana and chocolate chip muffins. I didn’t love the recipe though, If you have bananas to use up try these mini loaves. Fresh farm eggs make all the difference in baking!
- I made some super easy chips, by chopping up the potatoes and roasting them at 180’c with coconut oil, salt, pepper and tumeric. I just check every 15 minutes and give them a toss until they look golden. The quality of the potatoes made a huge difference. I actually haven’t bought supermarket potatoes in such a long time, but these had a noticeable amount of flavour.
- I had two friends over for dinner so used the cauliflower and broccoli to make cauliflower cheese and there were enough leftovers for two more meals. I added half a chopped chilli for a little heat.
- Tonight I’m tackling the pepper and cherry tomatoes with this recipe and serving with polenta and salad.
If I’m honest I’d completely forgotten about the carrots, so I probably need some ideas… maybe rostis?!
As you can tell, having a vegetable box delivered had the unintended side affect of me eating vegetarian a lot more. I’m already looking forward to my next box.
Do you have a vegetable box delivered?
Thorpe Lea Farm shop did not sponsor me or give me anything for free, I just wanted to support a local business after I liked the veg so much.