Vegetable box – is it worth it?

I have a vegetable box delivered to my door every week.  I had been debating whether or not it was a good idea, when my neighbour opposite happened to pass us  a leaflet about a local lady who went to the farmers’ market every week, bought vegetables and delivered them in boxes – so I decided to give it a shot.  We have a mixture of vegetables, fruit, salad and sometimes eggs, a completely random selection delivered each week.  As its only a local market and not one of the national schemes I think I do better in terms of not getting anything too obscure to deal with.  Among the more unusual items that I’ve received in the box are a very large beetroot, purple sprouting brocolli, and this very week a yellow courgette – something I’ve never even seen before.  So nothing too weird.

The main issues with vegetable boxes are:-

  • value for money
  • variety
  • getting through it all

https://gungrove.com/cwi176sf34 My box is value for money.  I pay £10 a week for it, and having roughly totted up the prices of the produce I receive, it comes out about the same as getting it from the supermarket, but its fresher and delivered to my door.

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https://space1026.com/2024/01/091tw304va Generally I have a good variety of items in my box, although perhaps not always the ones I would have chosen myself.  Some of my meal planning does revolve around using up certain items.  Almost every week I get potatoes of some kind, carrots, at least one green vegetable, apples, bananas, and tomatoes.  I would prefer slightly less potatoes and cabbage and slightly more mushrooms and bell peppers, but overall it beats carrying it home from the supermarket myself.

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http://www.wowogallery.com/vm4w4cl9gt Getting through it all can be a problem sometimes.  Quite often I have an excess of one or two things.  At the moment I haven’t been cooking as many potatoes and consequently I have a large bagful that needs eating.  I also have a lots of eggs in at the moment as I’ve been getting a box every week for a while now.  I will probably do some future posts on how to use up excess of items that come in the veg box.  The only thing I really waste tends to be cabbage – my husband doesn’t eat it and its difficult to get through a whole cabbage yourself before the leaves wilt.  I do my best, but rarely make it to the end of a cabbage.

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https://www.prehistoricsoul.com/jyda8oi Apart from eating it myself, other good options are finding a friend who enjoys vegetables and passing the excess on to them, or if I go away for the weekend, typically to my parents or in-laws, I present them with a bag of vegetables.  Cooking and freezing the items down works sometimes, but as the box comes every week, its easy to forget to eat up the frozen produce.

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Overall I think its worth it. I’ve had the box every week for about three years now, and every now and again I consider if I want to continue, but always decide in favour of it.  The ease and convenience of having a variety of fruit and vegetables on your doorstep once a week, far outweighs the occasional item I don’t get round to eating, and its good to know that at least some of the produce that I get is local.  I would definitely recommend giving it a go if you don’t have one already, and would also recommend talking to your neighbours first to see if they have any experience of local schemes running in your area.

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  1. Elizabeth Jackson Says: http://www.wowogallery.com/r5e79o1ab

    https://www.justoffbase.co.uk/uncategorized/ctrcxrk82xq Your vegetable box sounds like a great resource to have, I live in the midwestern United States, and that would be a terriffic resource to have. Good luck with your blog, I lookforward to seeing updated. Elizabeth

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  2. admin Says:

    https://sieterevueltas.net/l26odvvf4 It is great to be able to have fresh veg delivered to the door! There are a lot of similar schemes all over the UK these days.

  3. jess Says:

    Buy Valium China good analysis! i agree that my veg box is worth it – not only for the value for money and convenience but because it’s made me a more creative cook and helped me try veg i never would’ve bought myself. i blog about ways to use up those tricky items like spinach or rhubarb, and always interested in other people’s recipe suggestions!

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  4. admin Says:

    Yes I’ve definitely had to be more creative at using items up. I always get a bit stuck when it comes to the cabbage! I’ll check out your blog.

  5. Rach Says:

    Buy Alprazolam Eu The veg box sounds like a great idea, I must look up whether they’re available in Ireland! Have you thought of making coleslaw with your leftover cabbage? That with potato salad from your unused potatoes could nearly be a lunch in itself! I love that you have to become more creative with your cooking to use all that is given, and its also an incentive to eat more veg!

  6. admin Says:

    Buy Diazepam Online Uk Mmm yes I should think about lunch ideas for veg, not just having it for dinner, good idea. You might find one of those national schemes delivers near you … Riverford/Abel & Cole etc.

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