Our medium veg box, perfect for household of 4, with nine varieties of vegetable included.
All our veg is sourced from Sussex farms, via the Food Factory, a non-profit organisation in Brighton sourcing the finest fresh local veg, while supporting farmers and addressing food inequality at the same time.
Our purchase of veg from the Food Factory subsidises supply to community cooks, food parcel providers, food banks and affordable shopping schemes. By choosing our veg boxes, you are directly supporting a variety of food poverty schemes in Sussex, including the B&H Food Partnership, Fare Share, The Real Junk Food Project and many more.
Current box contents (please note they change most weeks - you will receive an email confirming what's in the box before delivery):
Due to the seasonality of the produce, last minute changes are always a possibility.
Purple sprouting broccoli
Red spring onions
Please note that due to the seasonality of the crops, plus our commitment to only bringing you Sussex veg, the contents of the box can change at short notice. Please do update us on any dislikes in the box provided and we will swap something else in.
A word about organic and biodynamic...
The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that: ‘Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.
Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. Instead, the agricultural systems rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control’.
This does not mean, however, that crops are not routinely sprayed with approved sprays or indeed, as there is a common misconception, not sprayed at all. So, whilst organic farming methods are a 'gold standard', there are many experienced small farms who are not certified but who grow to organic standards and beyond.
Becoming certified as an organic farmer requires detailed regular inspection and a hefty fee, which is beyond many small farms with stretched budgets. All farms who supply this veg are 'regenerative' or 'real' farms, where experience and knowledge of the climate, soil quality and crop variety dictate how crops are grown. All farmers used by the Food Factory grow ethically and don't feel that organic labelling adds enough value, or allows them to sell at sensible prices.
What is biodynamic?
Many of the veg included are marked as 'biodynamic', which is the world's oldest system of organic growing. The term 'organic farming' was first invented to describe biodynamic methods and both methods share very similar certification standards, but biodynamics has metaphysical and spiritual roots that organics does not. Scientists are discovering that biodynamics is the most effective organic system for carbon storage to tackle climate change and the best for soil restoration to heal our planet.
The Food Factory aims to bring you the shortest supply chain, the lowest carbon footprint and best quality produce possible.