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Introducing a Blue & Green friend: Riverford Organic


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The Riverford box scheme began when Guy Watson started delivering vegetables locally to 30 friends in Devon. They now deliver around 47,000 boxes a week to homes around the UK from their regional farms.

As demand for their vegboxes grew, they didn’t want to grow any larger from the original Devon farm. So they joined up with organic farmers around the country who share their obsession for growing great-tasting affordable organic vegetables for local people.

Their regional farms help them keep food miles down, support local farmers, provide local employment and help them build a strong link between grower and consumer.

Watch their video on Home Farm and hear from the Richardson family and co-workers on how they grow asparagus, supply duck eggs, how they work with local farmers and more.

The box scheme began at Riverford on Wash Farm in Devon. Their first regional farm outside of Devon was Riverford on Sacrewell Farm in Peterborough, followed by Riverford on Home Farm in Yorkshire and then Riverford on Upper Norton Farm in Hampshire. You’ll get your vegetables grown and delivered by your regional farm.

They think that small scale organic family farms are the most sustainable way of producing food here in the UK. All of their suppliers look after their soil, livestock and wildlife by farming respectfully and in tune with nature. They only sell food that they think is truly outstanding, made by people they know and trust.

Riverford Organic is the market leader in organic vegbox home delivery. They have a range of 10 veg and fruit boxes to suit different sized households, and in addition a full range of organic groceries, including meat and salad boxes, dairy, wine, beer and bread.

They grow award winning organic veg, and give you lots of recipes to help you enjoy it. You can order a box, add extra items from their range or create an order from scratch (minimum order value applies). Delivery is free by your local vegman or lady and there is no need to be at home when they deliver. There is no contract, so you aren’t tied in to anything and their vegboxes start from just 9.85.

Riverford Organic has been around since 1986 and has won numerous awards including The Observer Ethical Awards Best Online Retailer 2010 and 2011 and the RSPCA Good Business Awards Winner Independent Retailer (Food) 2011. They benefit from lots of local and national media coverage including printed media, radio and TV of their business, their four local farms, Guy Watson the owner and founder and Jane Baxter, Head Chef of their Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant.

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