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Fruit and veg (and other grocery) delivery: How are you going?

By BimboGeek 5 October 2013 27

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As a vegan (and trying to eat more raw food) I am definitely in the market for lots of fruit and veggies, and the mixed seasonal delivery boxes look like a fantastic time saver now that I live in a house with room to store it all.

I’ve done some research for everyone’s benefit (including sifting through old threads on the topic) but I’m also after advice and feedback on the quality and variety of deliveries from the various providers. So far I’ve learned that I can’t completely dispense of a trip to Natural Living once in a while for bulk pantry items and that I might need to bite the bullet and go to the market to top up herbs and other vegies during the week.

My Priorities in a vegie delivery (what else can you think of?)

  • Lots of variety! A good quantity of the predictable stuff and a few exotic surprises to help me learn new recipes. The last thing I need is a box of potatoes, onions and apples! I can get those anywhere including my local IGA.
  • Plenty of fresh herbs and spices. There are plenty of yummy herbs that are rarely seen in supermarkets and I want them! It looks like I can order herbs from a limited number of suppliers but may need to go to the market for a top-up at least once a week anyway.
  • Lots of juice and salad friendly items. Like I said, I want to eat more raw food.

The currently available options (ranked in order of apparent awesomeness)

I’m thinking of ordering a box from each of the top 3 on this list to see how they go… but what do you think of the deliveries you’ve had from each of the suppliers listed?

http://www.vegiestoyourdoor.com.au/ Ugly website but they seem to have put the effort in where it counts. They claim an $80 mixed box will last us two weeks and also offer fruit only or veggie only boxes. Add a custom selection of herbs while ordering. Recommended in the thread after Hawleys closed and project a certain passion for their work.

http://shop.wiffens.com/ Shop for an exact desired order or just pick out a seasonal fruit and veggie box at your price point. I like that they have lots of organic deli and snack items, easily the best selection of pantry items although the quantities are a bit low. Great selection of green herbs plus all the dried spices.

http://www.canberraorganics.com.au/ Wow this looks like me! Fruit and veg boxes in some great options that seem to include the best variety, a vegan and vegetarian section for baking or fun things like tofu nuggets, organic baby soap, wipes and so on.. But sadly, no herbs or bulk grains available here.

http://wholefoodcentral.com.au Looks very similar to Canberra Organics including the pricing, specials and fantastic options for people with special dietary needs. More options than Canberra Organics, though still sadly lacking in the bulk grains and fresh herbs.

http://www.aussiefarmers.com.au Easily the best prices, lots of variety but unfortunately appears to be just focused on the fruit and veg box so you have to go elsewhere for the herbs, spices, grains and so on. I love that they include the recipes so you have some ideas to go with your box. There was a complaint when Hawleys was sold to Aussie Farmers that the quality wasn’t as good. Is this still true?

Coles do seasonal boxes but not Woolies. The prices are as good as Aussie Farmers but how is the quality and variety? They never seem to have that much fruit and veg available (apart from staples) when I go in there, so how are they planning to put together an interesting box?

Did I miss anyone?

Then please comment! I’m aware that MetroFarms did a trial and Simply Fresh are planning on getting online orders available to the public soon but I didn’t include them since they don’t seem to be currently active. Choku Bai Jo also considered delivery: did anything come of that?

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Malay_Dragon 4:34 pm 10 Oct 13

My family get the $55 mixed box from Veggies to your door every fortnight.

They are not bad, however I have found that there is alot more fruit than veggies in the box.

annus_horribilis 2:03 pm 08 Oct 13

Zan said :

I still do not understand why people do not take advantage of the local farmers and growers’ products at the farmers’ markets at Epic and CIT Woden.

If you have kids that distupt your shopping turn it into a teaching session on rowing and marketing and also on the varied vegetables and goods that are sold at the markets.

They are too far away to be convenient (I am in west belco), therefore it is less environmentally friendly for me to drive my car there, rather than have local produce delivered on a delivery run, that does one area in a day.
I am supporting a local business, and I have 1-2 hours of my time back each weekend. I don’t need a pocket full of cash. And I have access to a good range of seasonal fruit and veg.

eatthatfrog 1:39 pm 08 Oct 13

I still do not understand why people do not take advantage of the local farmers and growers’ products at the farmers’ markets at Epic and CIT Woden.

Hi Zan

I don’t drive. My partner works on those days. It’s terribly hard to get to either place by bus, and when I have gone I have been beeped at by all sorts of cars annoyed that I dare to walk rather than drive at EPIC. As a much larger lady [but reducing size!], the times I do manage to go, I am pretty consistently stared at, mown down by people in the aisles not looking where they’re going and I don’t feel particularly welcome.

Whilst I am used to children pointing adults doing so does rather tend to put me off a place. Thankfully, we go Jabal Halal and still manage to get wonderfully fresh (and often local) produce.

I can’t speak for others, I suspect that kids or lack of car transport comes into play, but just as sure that the trek to get there might be too much in the midst of Saturday morning sport. Who knows, maybe they’re just electing their democratic right not to go.

Also, I have many friends who are retail workers who rely on public transport or work on the hours these markets are on. They often find the produce at these places prohibitively expensive. I have tried to point out places like Jabal to them, and they manage to find alternatives. A couple even do home delivery, but I don’t wonder at their motivations for doing so.

What I do know is that any initiative that gets people eating healthier should probably be applauded, rather than edicts or wonderment at the method by which people procure the healthy produce.

Zan 12:55 pm 08 Oct 13

I still do not understand why people do not take advantage of the local farmers and growers’ products at the farmers’ markets at Epic and CIT Woden.

If you have kids that distupt your shopping turn it into a teaching session on growing and marketing and also on the varied vegetables and goods that are sold at themarkets.

annus_horribilis 11:44 am 08 Oct 13

I am glad I have put some possible business your way Marketfresh, I have been happy with your service. Hope you will be able to keep up if you get lots 🙂

BimboGeek 7:38 am 08 Oct 13

Yay for Marketfresh! What a trio of heroes, engaging with their market and trying to make everyone happy. I’ll have another look-see when my current stash of veggies starts to run low. 🙂

Marketfresh 6:38 pm 07 Oct 13

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