The countless benefits of being part of an organic box scheme
It’s delivery day! You’ll understand the excitement if you’re already in an organic box scheme, receiving weekly your box full of colour and taste. Fortunately, the UK is a rich country in organic farms. In the Soil Association website you’ll find all those which offer organic box schemes in England and in this list are those operating in Scotland, but you’ll probably have numerous options if you live in other country.
It must be clarified that, although the concept of organic box is generally linked to the idea of vegetables and fruits, there are other kinds of products available, like meat and dairy products from organic stockbreeding.
In this post I’d like to write about my personal experience with Grow Wild, which is my organic box supplier since last February. The first thing you need to do is to register, choosing what kind and size of box you want to order and setting up a direct debit or credit card.
The box you pick at the beginning will become the default option and unless you don’t send them an e-mail to notify a change, you’ll receive that one every week. I usually switch and select a different pack, what is quite easy and quick thanks to the great customer service they deliver. My favourite options are the small mixed vegetables and fruits and the small Mediterranean box. The price for each of them is £12.95, a good price taking into account the freshness and quality of the products and the fact that these are delivered to your door.
As you can see in the video, this week I’ve received a Mediterranean box containing: a pumpkin/squash, a courgette, an aubergine, two radishes, a turnip, a bag of chards, four tomatoes, and two artichokes.
Grow Wild grows a part of their produce, but since the variety of organic commodities they offer is so wide (with organic drinks, wines, dairy products, etc), many products come from other organic farms in Scotland or in other countries of Europe.
In my opinion, the advantages of registering for an organic box scheme are countless:
- It’s convenient as you don’t need to go shopping.
- It’s fresh, chemical free.
- You’ll eat vegetables
- You’ll get to know other kind of vegetables and, therefore, cook different ingredients and dishes.
- It’s a way to encourage local businesses and creates jobs within your community.
- There aren’t long chains of intermediaries, what means that the price you pay goes almost entirely to the producers.
Do you need any other reasons yet?