Abel & Cole
Abel & Cole’s weekly plastic-free box contains six seasonal organic fruit and vegetables, with customers able to add up to three fruits and seven veggies to a ‘dislike list’, so you only get sent what you really like. Plus, your first box will also include a handy calendar with tips on getting the most out of your seasonal produce. There’s a minimum order value of £12, as well as a delivery charge of £1.50. Delivery is available nationwide, across England and Wales.
When restaurants shut down last March, grocery wholesaler All Greens saw its sales plummet 80% overnight. But instead of saying goodbye to its business, owner David Josephs set up an online delivery service, including fruit and veg delivery boxes. Orders shot up after celeb chef Yotam Ottolenghi posted about it on Instagram (his restaurants all use All Greens supplies), with boxes made up just before delivery. Fruit boxes start at £20; delivery covers central London, plus some southeast and Twickenham postcodes.
Championing organic produce, Eversfield Organic makes sure to include a selection of family favourites into its box. From everyday carrots and parsnips to tomatoes, kale and blueberries, it’s intended to feed between three to five people for up to a week – making this an ideal choice for medium-sized households. Fleecy sheep wool liners keep the contents cool until you’re ready to unpack, and they can be composted or reused afterwards. Delivery covers the whole of the UK, with boxes starting from £11.95. Standard delivery costs £3.95 but free for orders over £80.
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A north London-based fruit and veg box company that's been delivering since 2009, FarmDirect works with more than 150 British producers and specialises in seasonal and local produce. Box prices range from £4.65 up to £18.95 – just be aware with this one that there’s a minimum order amount of £15 and delivery is £2 to most London postcodes.
Billing itself as a supplier of ‘radically seasonal’ produce, Natoora has long been on the radar of some of the industry’s top chefs. Famous for its out-of-the-ordinary fruit and veg – as well as its commitment to low waste – either use Natoora’s app to plan and select your fruit and veg box or leave the curation to them; they’ll put together one of their peak season boxes for you to enjoy without any fuss or hassle. This includes ten weekly changing fruit and vegetables, and delivery is nationwide. Peak season boxes cost £35.
On a mission to cut food waste, OddBox works closely with farmers to rescue seasonal surplus fruit and vegetables that are at risk of going to landfill due to minor imperfections. Not only does this reduce food waste, but it saves on carbon dioxide emissions and unnecessary water use, too. The company also donates 10% of its produce to charities, including food redistribution charity City Harvest. Delivery is free across London and southeast England, with prices starting at £10.99 and the larger boxes costing £18.49.
Pale Green Dot
Pale Green Dot are a sustainability-driven fresh produce company delivering seasonal restaurant quality produce, direct to your door. On a mission to create a better food system with a traceable, measurable and circular food economy, they turn food waste into superfood for the soil, and put it back into the ground to grow next season's crops. Prices range from £15 for the small box, up to £20 for a larger, week’s-worth of fruit and veg. Delivery covers most London postcodes.
Having started out delivering home-grown organic veg to friends and neighbours, 30 years on, Riverford is one of the UK’s most successful vegetable box schemes, delivering to around 50,000 customers a week. Ethics are fundamental to the brand: self-confessed veg nerd Guy Singh-Watson believes organic food should be accessible for everyone – and he built the business to give a fair deal to all: growers, staff, customers and the planet. Most of the brand’s veg is popped straight into reusable delivery boxes ‘naked’ – but for anything that does need protecting, they use home compostable packs. Boxes cost £18.95 with free delivery to the UK mainland.
Ted’s Veg Borough Market
Boasting an ever-changing range of seasonal, home-grown vegetables and salads from Ted and Kath Dawson’s farm near Boston, Lincolnshire, as well as a selection of fresh fruit and veg sourced from other high-quality suppliers, Ted’s Veg specialities include globe artichokes – so be sure to request some when you next order. Delivery is direct to London postcodes and, where possible, by post to the rest of the UK. Prices start from £15.