Box schemes in the Bristol area with locally grown food, supplied direct from the growers:
The Community Farm
There are a variety of fruit & veg boxes priced £7.60–£22.25, and this week’s box content is published on the website every Friday afternoon. Dairy produce and other groceries can be added.
Home delivery across Bristol once a week
Free delivery for orders £9.95 and above, £1 otherwise
Coronavirus update: New customer registration will be selectively reopened on a weekly basis (on Fridays at 11am) whenever they are able to process new orders.
Edible Futures’ Salad Drop
Subscription service for locally grown salad bags £2–£5, delivered by cargo bike every Tuesday to drop-off points in Greenbank Road, St Werburghs & Montpelier
Coronavirus update: still operating as normal
Leigh Court Farm
This is by far the most local box scheme for Bristol, as Leigh Court Farm is situated just beyond Leigh Woods, off the road to Portbury – 5 miles from the city centre. The vegetables are mostly grown at the farm; much fruit comes from abroad in the winter, but they try to source as locally as they can.
£12.60 and £21.50 veg boxes, £16.75 mixed fruit & veg box, and £11.50 fruit bag. Dairy products and eggs can be added.
Boxes delivered to Bristol collection points in Abbots Leigh, Montpelier, Easton, Windmill Hill & Southville on Thursday afternoons. If you live in BS1– BS16, BS20 or BS41 you can have delivery direct to your door for £1.
Coronavirus update: due to unprecedented demand they are not taking on new orders at the moment but you can register on the website and be put on a waiting list.
Organic Veg boxes filled with 100% homegrown veg for 9 months of the year, direct from this Somerset farm to you.
Veg boxes £10.95–£22, Fruit bags £7.60–£11.70
Delivery to Bristol on Wednesdays
Coronavirus update: they are currently unable to accept new customers, and orders for existing customers have been simplified (only a few custom items can be added).
Purple Patch is a market garden located in the beautiful, green valley of Boiling Wells Lane, adjacent to Ashley Vale. They supply salad to local restaurants and also run a salad and veg box subscription. Purple Patch forms part of Watercress Farm, a tiny mixed farm which has been under cultivation since medieval times. They currently keep rare-breed pigs, dexter cattle and chickens, the produce of which is distributed via a Meat-Club.
Veg box £12.50, half veg box £6.25, Salad lovers £3.20 every week.
Collect from the farm on Wednesday afternoons.
Coronavirus update: veg boxes sold out until June.
Radford Mill Farm
Radford Mill Farm is a farm located near Bath that has been farming organically for over 40 years. They provide weekly veg box subscriptions (with options for adding milk and eggs) or individual orders which other groceries can be added to.
Fruit & veg boxes from £19.99–£41.99.
Available to pick up from their Radford Mill Farm Shop in Montpelier or they deliver within a 5 mile radius of the shop for £4.
Coronavirus update: they are operating as normal and practicing contactless delivery.
Grown by a group of farms in South Devon. Sometimes vegetables topped up with imports; a higher proportion of fruit imported, but around 85% UK grown overall when last checked. Box contents published online.
Range of fruit & veg boxes from £12.65–£23.55.
Meat & Dairy products can be added.
Delivered to your door. Box contents for each week are listed on the website.
Coronavirus update: due to high demand they’ve had to limit the number of new customers they can take on, but you can register on the website and join a waiting list and they will be in contact as soon as possible.
Sims Hill Shared Harvest
Like an organic veg box scheme, but run as a member-owned co-operative. Members invest in the running of the farm, and receive a share of the harvest, instead of just being customers who pay for products. Paying shares and working shares are both available. It makes a refreshing change from consumer culture, and provides its local members with quality fruit and vegetables, grown using permaculture farming methods, delivered every week to their local pick-up point.
Members also enjoy a strong bond with where their food comes from, with regular community events. Prices are comparable with other box schemes. New members welcome at any time of the year.
Veg shares available at £7/week or £12/week.
Minimum subscription period = 1 month.
Coronavirus update: they are still growing and delivering vegetable to the pick up points whilst taking precautions to ensure the safety of growers and members.
Tobacco Factory Community Kitchen
Using produce from Tobacco Factories own Five Acre Farm, situated near Backwell, which uses organic and sustainable principles. They try to grow unusual varieties that aren’t suitable for large scale farming such as white beetroot, blue radish and purple cauliflower.
Fruit and veg boxes from £7.50– £25.
Available to pick up from the Tobacco Factory car park or delivered to your door for £2.50 (no charge for OAPs).
Coronavirus update: the scheme was developed to help during the coronavirus outbreak.