Organic farmers and veg box pioneers, Riverford, know a thing or two about growing and cooking with the seasons, but their 100% UK veg box epitomises seasonal eating and showcases British veg at its peak.
So this British Food Fortnight (Saturday 23 September – Sunday 8 October) if you want a helping hand to get your creative veg juices flowing, a Riverford UK veg box could be the place to start.
From freshly picked beans and greens in summer, to the sweetcorn and squash of autumn through to earthy roots and brassicas in winter, the box is packed with a changing selection of eight homegrown veg, which is then delivered to customers’ doors for free.
Farmer Guy Watson founded Riverford in 1987 and explained: “We like to think of the box as the next best thing to growing your own. It’s like having an allotment, without the digging.”
Although Riverford’s complete range of veg boxes are packed with organic, seasonal vegetables grown on their four UK farms, the boxes are often topped up with items like peppers and tomatoes from their French farm and their Spanish growers. For Riverford to grow peppers and tomatoes out of season they would have to use heated greenhouses, which have more than six times the carbon footprint and go against Riverford’s environmentally friendly ethos. The decision for a UK only box came after popular demand by customers and hardcore seasonal eaters.
Vicki and Alan Mowat, who deliver to homes in the Bath & North East Somerset area, said: “Nowadays it’s easy for consumers to lose touch with seasonality, due to the year-round supply in supermarkets. Our customers really enjoy experiencing seasonal eating and cooking with veg when it’s at its best. The boxes give them a connection with the food they eat; they know where it’s from, who grew it and that they are supporting British farmers at the same time.”
Riverford also deliver a range of fruit, salad, meat and recipe boxes, alongside dairy, bread and more. They never air freight anything, and when they can’t grow it, they work with small scale family farmers overseas they know and trust who can.
To browse Riverford’s range visit: riverford.co.uk