Organic Box Schemes

The number of organic box schemes in Britain has been steadily growing until they are now on comparable levels to farmer’s markets themselves.

Box schemes enable fresh farm produce to be delivered straight to your home, office or wherever necessary.

Boxes will usually contain fruit and veg but can come with meats, wine and more with the typical cost around £20 or so.

The boxes give farmers a good deal when compared to the prices they have to stoop down to to sell to supermarkets and also puts valuable cash back into our local economies. They present good deals to the buyers as well; the produce being local means transportation is kept to a minimum and so is packaging; saving on costs. In addition most of the box schemes provide organic food, so the buyer has greater confidence in not only where the food is coming from, but also the quality and health benefits.

Box schemes offer people the chance to quickly and easily obtain the top standard food that farms can provide us with, without the hassle of trekking down to a market.

Here are a selection of 4 in the South East rated by the Times as being in the top 35 in the country:

Ashurst Organic

Address: The Orchard, Ashurst Farm, Ashurst Lane, Plumpton, Lewes, East Sussex
Phone: 01273 891219
Info: Local organic box scheme supplying fresh vegetables to Brighton, Lewes, Haywards Health, Eastbourne and Worthing.

Down To earth

Address: 2-3 Goldrings, West Street, Midhurst, West Sussex
Phone: 01730 815133
Info: Local organic foods – including dairy, groceries, meat and gourmet goods – are on offer, along with veg boxes for delivery or collection

Simply Wild Food Company

Address: Pullens Farm, Lamberhurst Road, Horsmonden, Kent
Phone: 0845 658 6141
Info: A family-run business that offers a range of boxes, each containing fresh, locally produced organic vegetables, fruit, eggs, bread and meat

Tolhurst Organic Produce

Address: Hardwick Estate, Pangbourne, Berkshire
Phone: 0118–984 3428
Info: Iain Tolhurst’s box scheme operates within a 25-mile radius of his farm and delivers to collection points.

 

Some more available in the Kent area:

Ash- Ivy House Farm 01304 812 437

Belvedere – Regent Health 01322 446 244

Canterbury – Brockman, AG & Co. 01227 732 001

-Ripple Farm Organics 01227 730 898

Cobham – Luddlesdown Organic Farms Ltd. 01474 813 376

Gravesend -Dabbs Place Organic Farm 01474 815 393

Horsmonden -Simply Wild Food Company 08456 586 142

Ightham –Church View Farm 01732 886 680

Tunbridge Wells – Organic Health Shop 01892 538 155

Wingham -Wingham Country Market 01227 720 567

Whitchurch- Laverstoke Park Produce 01256 890 900

-Harroway Organic Gardens 01256 895 346

(Info sourced from Times Online)