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?