Monday, 16 January 2012

My first Veg Box Company purchase

On Saturday I received my first fruit and veg box from The Veg Box Company, a local business specialising in delivering locally sourced produce to homes and businesses in the north east.

I ordered the couple's fruit and veg box, designed to feed 2 people for a week with up to 13 varieties, and priced at £12 including delivery. I received:

A large cauliflower
A large garlic bulb
A large turnip
2 large sweet potatoes
2 onions
6 large potatoes
8 carrots
3 parsnips
3 large handfuls of mushrooms
2 tomatoes
3 pears
2 oranges
2 apples
A 16 teabag trial pack from Victory Tea

All in all, a good selection and lots of staples that most households will use on a daily basis. I buy most of my fruit and vegetables from the supermarket or when I get the opportunity, from local greengrocers and markets. Having your fruit and veg delivered straight to your door is a bit of a risky proposition, as you can't have the usual root-around for the best looking items, but it's convenient and was actually quite exciting. Or maybe I just need to get out more?

So far, I'm more than happy with the selection and the quality of the items in my veg box. But the true challenge is this: can I incorporate all the items into a week's worth of meals, without wasting anything? I've got a penchant for deciding to eat out at the last minute and cooking things on a whim, rather than putting too much forethought into what the next day's menu will include. So I've set myself the challenge to make this a week of wasting nothing, attempting new recipes, and most definitely getting my 5-a-day.

Check back next week to see how I get on.

The Veg Box Company

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