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Use to be so good - now so so bad!
Abel & Cole Organics
Member Name: MrsLim
Abel & Cole Organics
Advantages: Use to be good, not sure whether that's an advantage!
Ergh! What's gone wrong with Abel & Cole! It's so frustrating because I so want them to do well! It started off a good idea and it went well for about 4 months but now, come summer, all the food is just not up to standard!
Abel & Cole are market leaders in delivering weekly vegetable and/or fruit boxes right to your door. It boasts a wide selection of farms which help it plump up the contents of its boxes with luscious organic fresh produce. For a box to cover 2 people for the week, it costs £15.95 plus delivery charge.
I'm still fuming about this. Until last month the delivery had been included in the price of the box but for some stupid reason as "we need to now charge for delivery" they've gone and slapped on a 99p delivery charge. OK, fine, it's less than a pound and up until then A&C were saving me about £20 in Tesco shopping every week so I kept it up for a further 4 weeks. However, since then it's gone down hill - read on:
You cannot choose what you like to have in the box, only what you don't like (up to 20 classes of vegetables and fruit). Whilst we like to experiment with our food we found the winter months quite repetitive with the carrots, parsnips and potatoes - there were only so many roasts dinners I could endure before I snapped and craved broccoli! In the winter months, maybe it's because of the root vegetables, the quality was good. Produce would last up right up to the day we were due delivery the following week and our little money saving scheme worked well. However, it is now summer. For the previous 3 boxes, we've had pears going bad within 2 days and tasting bitter(?!), lettuce going mouldy in the fridge and our portions have been significantly reduced (I counted 4 potatoes in the last box!). Terrible AND worse, to rub salt in our wounds, last week (approx the third week of their delivery charge), our box was a whole 16 hours late!! On that day we actually had to wait until the guy deliver our box before my husband could cook!
Today is the last day I'm giving them. If I go home and find that the produce again is not up to scratch, that is it - i'm trying someone else. Also, from just a quick sweep of the market, it looks like that someone else could also be cheaper. Abel & Cole, you're going down the drain!
Summary: Additional delivery charges and bad produce - thumbs down!