I think we can all agree, there’s nothing more satisfying than chomping into a fresh crisp veggie knowing that it’s organic, locally grown and pesticide free. Whether you’re looking to ditch the naff veg selection roaming in your local supermarket, you’re on the search for the creamiest local cheese, or you’re looking to reduce your plastic waste, here’s a guide to London’s best farm shops (and veg boxes if can’t face bracing the cold).
London’s Finest Farm Shops
Bringing a taste of the countryside to the heart of the city, Daylesford has been championing sustainable, organic farming for over 40 years. With their four locations tucked across London, you can guarantee you’ll find the freshest seasonal veggies, creamiest cheeses, finest fish and beefiest slabs of meat right on your doorstep.
Oh, and if you don’t fancy bracing the cold and heading out in the wintry weather, Daylesford also delivers right to your door, winner!
Hop, skip and jump on over to Chegworth Valley’s Borough Market or Notting Hill shop to get your veggies in this week. Having started out with just a stand at Borough Market, Chegworth Valley has built up its London empire and is now much loved by any fresh veggie fiend.
Dine while you shop at Farm W5. This quaint farm shop delivers on fresh, seasonal produce and delicious bites to eat, perfect for a quick grab and go lunch. Sharing their farm-to-table approach with all who waltz through their doors, Farm W5 guarantees their food is fresh, wholesome and free from added sugar, preservatives and gelatine.
Ditch the plastic and head on down to Franklins Farm Shop to sample their seasonal selection of fruit and vegetables. Make an afternoon of it and stay a while wining and dining on their Saturday brunch menu at their restaurant across Bawdale Road.
London’s Best Veg Boxes
If you can’t face bracing the cold this Winter, Farmdrop is here with its twinklingly simple grocery delivery service that’ll arrive swiftly to your door. And, if you don’t fancy yourself much of a Gordon Ramsay, Farmdrop has a delicious range of prepared meals in 100% plastic-free packaging, so you can leave the cellophane wrapping at your local superstore and dive into a healthy meal.
Help fight food waste by opting for your own personal OddBox. Having started out over in Portugal on a food market brimming with wonky fruit and veg, Odd Box has been paving its way into Londoners homes every Saturday morning. Whether you’re a singleton, a family of three or a couple, there’s a size for all depending on your needs.
Each week prepare to be bursting with nutrients thanks to Farm Direct and their weekly food box. Ranging from fruits to veggies, dairy to meats, your box will no doubt be brimming with foods from over 150 different British farms and food producers each week.
Having started out as a solo project of Guy Watson’s back when he used to deliver to 30 of his friends back in Devon, Riverford has since become the king of veg boxes, with around 47,000 boxes going out weekly across the UK from their regional farms. Whether it’s a solo veg box, a meat mixture or a dairy combo you’re after, Riverford has you covered with their array, plus handy boxes with recipes and inspiration too.
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