Why can’t we just head down to the supermarket when we need something – that’s progress isn’t it?!
Yes. Yes it is. And if the supermarkets sold a range of affordable local organic food, didn’t exploit the farmers that produce the food, and didn’t spew tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere ferrying your food around, they’d be great places to shop.
A ‘box scheme’ – paying the same amount every week for a week’s supply of fresh local produce – is the best way of getting hold of good value organically grown produce that’s as local as possible. It’s a shopping choice – but it’s also one of the strongest actions you can take to strengthen the economy of your community and support farmers near you.
We’ll let the Soil Association tell you why… Soil Association Why Organic?
And you can read more about our sourcing and growing ethics here
All the produce has been produced organically without chemicals, most of the produce in our box scheme is certified organic.
Isn’t it expensive?
There are a few ways of looking at this…
Firstly, compared to supermarket organic food, it’s often cheaper.
Secondly, when we do the budgeting for you – in the box scheme – we get to choose the best value selection for that week so you will always be sure of the most for your money.
and, last but not least… this is the price it costs to grow fruit and vegetables. Without causing lasting damage to our environment, making sure that everybody along the line of production gets a fair price for what they do, and providing a professional service. We cannot do this any cheaper – so if someone is selling it cheaper, somebody somewhere is losing out!
You may be interested to know that when we compared our prices to the same quantity of non-organic vegetables in Asda this year, we were about 20% more expensive. So yes – more expensive – but local, AND organic, AND supporting your neighbours and local economy… That’s worth £2 a week!
January 8th, 2010 → 5:34 pm @ Marlene