How about some proper veggies?

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Have you every entered the fruits and vegetables section of a supermarket and been freaked out at the fact that you could see more plastic that veggies? How about the fact that all those aubergines look like they have been cloned?

If this is your case, you may have done a quick online search, only to realise to your great dismay that there is not a single farmers market in your city. So, does this mean you are condemned to forever unwrap apples that look like they have been at the plastic surgeon more often than most Hollywood stars? Don’t worry, you won’t have to move to the French countryside to get some real fruits! Indeed, there might be a saviour for the city worker: veggie boxes.

Here are just this week’s options for you who craves some proper fruits!

  1. Riverford

Riverford is an organic food delivery service based in Devon and has been active for the past 30 years. Its founder Guy Watson originally delivered vegetables to approximately 30 friends in the area. Today it dispatches a whopping 47,000 boxes a week.

It has a vegan section, recipes choices, and many more options to choose from. The overall quality of ingredients is high and even the meat is organic, which is always a plus.

In terms of price, it is closer to the high-end of the spectrum with boxes starting at GBP11.75.

And if you worry about the environmental impact of this service, don’t worry about plastic! (although there is still some to be found) Most products a wrapped using cardboard box packaging. Furthermore, Riverford has a policy to save on food miles, meaning they only deliver once a week to each area. And to be fair, you don’t really need more than that.

2. Oddbox

If you are looking for some yummy veggies while tackling food waste, look no further! Founded by Deepak Ravindran and his wife Emilie Vanpoperinghe, Oddbox is indeed a beautiful oddity on the market. You will not find any Hollywood fruits in there: all products used in Oddbox have been rejected by big chains due to being too big, too small, or too weird looking. Oddbox rescues all these funny looking veggies and offers them a second chance to find their way to your plate.

The service offers six different sizes of boxes, starting at GBP8.49 and even delivers to several offices across London. While the boxes are not fully customisable, you can still opt out of the products you don’t like. Furthermore, the content of the boxes also depends on the season which is always fun! Finally, there is no plastic packaging in there! How about that, Asda?

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