Fruit and Vegetables

The first project I’d like to write about is a foodie one. Since the arrival of our munchkins we have embraced online supermarket deliveries. I adore the time this saves me and I do not at all miss having to drag small children round a shop. Ordering online also established a meal planning habit and this has completely stopped us impluse buying and saves us money. Our current weekly Tescos delivery usually comes in at around £50.

It was while ordering a shop that it occurred to me that we tend to buy a lot of the same items every week. The online element leads to this as you can browse through your previous shop and speed up the process by selecting the same items. I decided to investigate ways of transferring our food shopping to more local small businesses with the following aims:

  1. Hopefully buy more locally sourced items and reduce food miles.
  2. Reduce the amount of plastic packaging in our food shop.
  3. Supporting local small businesses.

Ultimately, we are hoping to establish a vegetable patch in our garden and refine our skills at producing veg all year round, but as a starting point I thought we’d try transferring our fruit and vegetable purchases to a local grocer. If this goes well we can look to switch other aspects too – little steps!

So here is the first box we have collected from Neeps and Tatties.

They already have a box scheme established and I was able to send them an order through facebook when I did my meal plan for the week. This week I have just sent through exactly what I would have ordered from Tesco.

 

Conclusions:

  1. It cost a bit more. I expected this but to be honest most of the items are a lot larger than we would normally receive so I’ve probably over ordered. This can be tweeked. The quality of the produce is also better – we have already made quite a dent in the satsumas. We also are lucky enough to be able to afford to pay a bit more to meet some of our aims in shopping more locally.
  2. There’s still plastic in there. This is where we need to change our eating habits and embrace more seasonal produce. Eating more vegetables and fewer salad items will also bring the cost of the box down. I’m hoping that establishing a good relationship with a grocer who supplies us regularly will also help in selecting products with less packaging.

Little Step Actions for next week:

  1. Investigate seasonal produce – I’m sure I have an old cook book somewhere with a chart in!
  2. Evaluate how much of this we manage to eat and tweek the order for next week.

Thanks for reading and please comment if you have advice for me on developing this mini project.

 

5 Comments

  1. Amy

    March 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I will send you a photo of my local fruit and veg box to be delivered on Tue 😁 most fruit and veg in Qld is seasonal and of it isn’t it cost so much you can’t afford to him it anyway! The company I use is local and they buy all their fruit and veg from local farmers, organic or spray free.

    1. Amy

      March 19, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Oh dear, I should have read that before hitting send lol my morning coffee hasn’t kicked in yet!

    2. jess

      March 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      I’d be really interested to see it Amy. I’ve done better on plastic this week but still need to work on my ordering to get more seasonal and local. Luckily the greengrocer in town is lovely and I’m sure they’ll be really helpful.

  2. Kate Curzon

    March 19, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Hey Jess! Congrats on the birth of your brand new blog!!! I will be reading with interest as we are currently on the same mission – trying to eat more locally and seasonally and not seeing strawberries in November as normal! Also on a serious mission to rid our home of as much plastic as possible. Next stop – bamboo toothbrushes! Xx

    1. jess

      March 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you! Fingers crossed I’m hoping to set aside a little bit of time to post once a week. Let me know how you get on with the tooth brushes as it’s something I’d like to try when our current lot are done for.

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