Riverford has been growing organic produce since 1987, when Guy Singh-Watson started growing organic veg on his parents' Devon farm and started with just 30 deliveries to friends. Riverford has come a long way from one man and a borrowed tractor! We still grow mountains of veg on our original Devon farm, three sister regional farms and our farm in France (where we grow spring crops a few vital weeks ahead of the UK season to help with the UK 'hungry gap'). Anything we can't grow ourselves comes from our group of small-scale, organic family farms and producers who look after their soil, livestock and wildlife by farming respectfully and in tune with nature. Our produce is completely traceable, and we think this is the most sustainable way of producing food.
How does it work? Our boxes are 100% organic, produce is picked and packed fresh daily, ready for delivery the next day. You set up an account and order online from our website, or you can order by phone or email. Each Friday the farm publishes the produce available for the following week on the website. You will have an allocated delivery day for your area and the ordering deadline is 2 days before that. You can choose between the wide range of seasonal veg and fruit boxes (with sizes to suit all needs), top up with extra produce from the organic 'farm shop' produce (veg, fruit, salad, dairy, deli, store cupboard staples, bread, meat and much more). Alternatively, you can simply 'build your own box' with your own shopping list from across the farm shop. We also have a range of recipe boxes - everything you need for a delicious meal in the box. With 15 different recipes each week - 3 vegan, 3 vegetarian and 6 meat or fish based.
We deliver for free and also bring seasonal recipes every week to help you make the most of your vegbox. Not going to be home? Just let us know a safe spot to tuck the box for you - most of our customers are not at home for the delivery. There is no contract and you can order regularly - or as, and when, you need it.
Minimising packaging and our carbon footprint is in Riverford's DNA. Some packaging is a necessary evil as it protects our food, thereby preventing waste but growing, packing and delivering your food puts us in a unique position to use as little packaging as possible - plus we can take packaging back when we next deliver. Leave out your cardboard veg boxes and any of our packaging you cannot recycle at home and we take it back to the farm to re-use or recycle (we can re-use veg boxes up to 10 time for instance!). We constantly strive to improve though and by the end of 2020 our iconic veg boxes will be 100% plastic free.