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When I decided to give up meat last year, I joined a CSA - Community Supported Agriculture.  I paid $400 at the beginning of the year (along with a bunch of other people) to a local organic farmer.  The farmer used the money from all the members to produce a crop.  In exchange, I receive a Medium sized box of vegetables and herbs each week between mid-May and ending the week before Thanksgiving.  The box can sustain one to two Vegans per week.  

 

I never know what crop I'm going to get each week, and sometimes the boxes contain more than the week before.  If it's a good year for crops, the members get a lot of veggies.  If there is a drought, or too much water, and the crops are sparce, the members could also suffer.  For the last two years, it's been a wonderful experience.

 

It has allowed me to experiment with veggies that I would never have bought at the grocery store (kale, fennel bulbs, different varieties of squash, etc).  I've also learned to cook with many different fresh herbs (basil is great in anything!).  

 

I recommend any Vegan (new or otherwise) to look into a CSA farm share.



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I do exactly what you do. I get all my veggies from Rawfully Organic in Houston. I love picking up my box of goodies and also getting things that I normally wouldn't pick up at the grocery store.

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Alas, I don't think they do that sort of thing in the UK... I'm going to look into it! :D

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see here Annie:

http://www.makinglocalfoodwork.co.uk/about/csa/index.cfm

 

I get my organic veggies from the local farmers market as I prefer to look and choose what I want, but sometimes use the organic box schemes:

http://www.cofco.co.uk/site/pieces-and-fillers.html

http://www.riverford.co.uk/

Riverford use local farms all round the country in order to deliver locally. 

Abel & Cole do a box scheme too, but I stopped using them as their veggies weren't alway fresh enough for my liking. There is a scheme very local to me where you can buy a small plot of land and grow your own which is very handy for people living in flats etc with no garden but I can't do the digging!



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Thank you! I'm really thinking about doing that when I start uni in september, but they only seem to deliver on a wednesday... I'll have to see what my timetable is like! What is the procedure if you're not there to receive it?

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