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Organic fruit & veg from UK farmers (mostly) delivered to your door
Abel & Cole Organics
Member Name: makeuprox
Abel & Cole Organics
Advantages: Good quallity fruit & veg, ethical and tasty
Disadvantages: Can be repetitive
I've been getting an Abel & Cole box for nearly 2 years now.
I get a small mixed fruit & veg box which arrives every Monday morning. You can't pick your delivery day as depends on the drivers route but you don't have to be in - you can nominate a safe place for the box to be left.
I've had one box stolen in all that time and Abel&Cole refunded me immediately.
My box includes 3 types of fruit, 3 types of veg and potatoes. You can check online for details of your delivery and you can select to stop certain foods that you don't like. I'm not picky and so haven't permanently excluded anything but occasionally after getting lots of oranges or something in a row I'll exclude something for a week. You get something else instead and so you don't lose out by doing this.
I can change things up until Saturday which is close to delivery date.
I like the range of the food delivered. It is all organic produce and primarily UK although in times like February when hardly anything is being produced the food is sourced from elsewhere although it is never flown.
There is information on the website about the producers and plenty of recipe information as well - so if you are stuck on what to do with your beetroot or parsnips just look online.
They also produce a newsletter with the box which has news, information and recipes.
Sometimes I can find that I get a lot of one thing - particularly annoying when you keep getting lots of carrots or onions which are cheap veg to buy!
However I really appreciate the taste of some things (carrots and tomatoes are faves - you can really taste the difference) and I also like the fact that they deal fairly and honestly with farmers so that no one is being exploited to produce food for my kitchen. I also enjoy eating seasonally (so excited when first broad beans and strawberries arrive) and it is good to get a wide variety of fruit and veg which tests my cooking skills and has opened up a wider range of meals and dishes.
They have a wide range of products including dairy, meat, fish, pies, store-cupboard essentials, wine etc and occasionally I've bought some of these and they've been very good.
I've had to report problems once or twice but found their customer service to be excellent.
I think my main criticisms would be maybe some things don't last a long time (not everything though) and sometimes the boxes are a bit repetitive.
Summary: Definitely worth trying if you are hoping to reduce your reliance on supermarkets