With our hectic lives of working full time and trying to make the weekend last as long as possible, thinking about food and the meals you are going to cook throughout the week can be difficult to fit into our busy schedules.
We are all aware that we should be directly supporting our local, British farmers but the lure and enticement of the major supermarkets always seems to get the better of us. Our farmers’ slave away day and night to produce supermarket worthy produce. Pressured into ensuring their produce meets the supermarkets unbelievably difficult specifications, of exact size and colour, as us, the consumer, would all be so outraged to see a carrot that isn’t as straight as a pencil or an apple that isn’t as red as red riding hoods jacket.
But, a change is on the horizon, as more and more local farmers are beginning to sell directly to the consumer. And, much like the supermarkets, there usually isn’t any need to drive to or pop into the farm shops, as the power of your click can have your weekly shop delivered farm fresh, straight to your door. Putting good, wholesome, fresh and local food on your table has got a lot easier and there are no longer any excuses about not supporting your local farmer.
Here are some of my favourite local organic farmers, who deliver straight to your door, wonky carrots, giant onions and chemical free potatoes in tow! Hurray!
Eversfield farm were granted organic status in 2004 and since then, have gone on to provide their customers with nutrient rich and quality food. Along with their own South West batches, they import organic foods from all over Europe, so your larders can be stacked with the finest produce all year around.
For the meat and fish eaters, there is also plenty of choice here, with organic fed beef, lamb, pork, poultry and game!
A small vegetable box, roughly feeds 2-3 for a week costs £13.25.
A small meat box costs £55.00 and typically includes:
- 1 roasting joint or whole chicken
- 4 x rump steaks
- 1 x pack of chops
- 1 x pack of mince meat
- 1 x pack of pork sausages
- 1 x pack of bacon
- 1 x pack of chicken portions
Marshford Organic Foods
Marshford Organics Foods is a family run business, which has been producing and providing North Devon and further afield with tasty and fresh organic food for over 30 years! They must be doing something right! All their produce is certified organic and their range includes eggs, diary, vegetables, salads, herbs, fruit and much, much more! Teas, pasta, grains, nuts, seeds, biscuits and crackers, the list goes on!
A small vegetables box, roughly feeds 1-2 people for a week will set you back £9.50, yeah, you’ve read that right!
The vegetable box changes depending on the season and availability, but, for an example of what’s included, you would get; potatoes, carrots, onions, salad leaves, cauliflower, leeks and courgettes.
A meat box costs around £55.00 and will last a family of four for over two weeks.
The award-winning Plowright Organic farm won second place in the ‘Organic box scheme of the year’ in 2004 and was a runner up in the Somerset Life ‘best organic product and trader’ in 2006. They pride their selves in a sustainable production, healthy soil, healthy plants and healthy people. Traditional crop rotation is used to build fertility and prevent pesticides. They are a small-scale farm, that works with land and the people who are striving to eat organic food.
A small vegetable box will feed 1-2 people for a week and will cost you less than a tenner, at £9.95!
The box includes; potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onion, Brussel sprouts, kales and squash.
An organic diet encourages consumers to eat produce in season, while it is at its freshest. The boxes will be filled depending on the availability and season at the time of order so it is subject to change. All estimations of how many people the boxes will feed are dependent on how hungry you are and how wisely you use the produce!
Do you have a favoured local organic farmer? Let me know via my social media channels!