8 of the best veg boxes, from wonky veg to organic
Veg boxes are a convenient way to order seasonal ingredients online to be delivered straight to your door. Here, we bring you some of the best.
Having vegetables delivered to your doorstep every week has a host of benefits – it’s convenient, healthy and supports small producers rather than large supermarkets. Many boxes offer organic produce and the contents are usually seasonal too.
Box schemes differ so it’s worth looking around before you sign up. Many boxes set their own contents, which often change from week to week.
This suits the adventurous and unfussy, but you might be stuck with some veg you don’t like or don’t have experience of cooking.
Some let you add extras to your order, or substitute something you don’t like, and a couple offer a completely flexible option where you choose your own produce.
Take care to choose the right box size depending on the size of your household and your vegetable consumption. Too small and you might not get enough to last the whole week, too big and you might have some left over (though you can always make soup).
Also bear in mind that organic produce doesn’t always last as long as supermarket versions, though this does differ from item to item. Meal planning can help avoid waste.
In many cases, your delivery comes on a particular day, usually for environmental reasons. All the boxes we tested could be left outside so there’s no need to be at home when it arrives.
Several are delivered by national courier, giving you more choice of delivery dates and text updates as to when to expect them.
You also need to decide if you would rather have a regular box or if you’d prefer to buy on an ad-hoc basis and check your chosen company offers this option. Also look at the delivery charge and whether this is included in the cost of the box.
We tested eight popular national brands to help you find the one that’s best for you. Read on to discover the best veg boxes for home delivery. All box contents listed below were for a sample seasonal box and will change.
Don't forget to use our seasonal calendar to put your veg box to good use – see at a glance which ingredients to expect when and select ingredients to learn more about how to store, prepare and cook them.
8 of the best veg boxes to order online
Eversfield Organic large vegetable box (£19.95)
Box contents: 3 avocados, 4 red peppers, 3 big leeks, 3 bulbs garlic, 8 large carrots, 2.3kg red potatoes, cabbage, 7 onions, celeriac, swede
Eversfield offers organic vegetable boxes in three different sizes, plus a variety of other options including a box without potatoes and another with UK produce only.
Box contents vary every week and although you can’t choose what’s inside, you can buy items individually from the website if you prefer. You can order a one-off box or choose to get one regularly.
The family-sized large box is designed to feed 4-5 people for a week and you can see the contents of the box in advance. Helpfully, you can also see the amount of each item that you’ll receive too – we found this useful for meal planning.
Our box arrived promptly, neatly packaged in a cardboard box. Several of the items were in paper bags inside. Vegetables were very good quality, and we were pleased to see some “ugly” carrots as well as celeriac, which is less common (and made wonderful chips).
The cabbage was slightly wilted but perked up when cooked. The avocados ripened on a sunny windowsill – two within 48 hours and the other two days later.
There were plenty of vegetables for family meals for almost a week. We struggled to use all of the onions, which were still going strong more than a week later. We felt this box was particularly good value.
Delivery is by DPD five days a week – you can choose the day you want. Standard delivery is £3.95, though you can pay extra to be guaranteed certain morning spots.
Minimum spend is £40 so you’ll need to add some other items – not hard as the website offers plenty of other options including meat, fruit and dairy. There's free delivery if you spend over £80.
Riverford large seasonal organic vegetable box, £20.55
Box contents: 200g fresh spinach, 2 broccoli, cucumber, 3 courgettes, punnet of cherry tomatoes, punnet of mushrooms, 1.2kg salad potatoes, bunch of 8 carrots, 730g onions, 4 beetroot
The Riverford box arrived in an open, recyclable box that is cleverly designed so you can collapse it and leave it out to be collected on your next delivery. The box says it can be reused 10 times.
Inside, the individual items are beautifully packaged – the tomatoes in a cardboard punnet, and the mushrooms the same with a cover too. The potatoes arrived in a sealed, double lined paper bag to keep them fresh.
You can see on the Riverford website what to expect in your box for a couple of weeks ahead, though there is a warning that items might change according to what is best on the day. No changes were made to ours.
With this box, you get potatoes and carrots or onions every week, with other contents changing. You can select from different sizes and types of box, including fruit or veg only, or a mixture. There’s a British only box, for instance.
Ordering is easy and you can buy a one-off, or choose how regularly you would like it to be delivered (from one week to one month intervals). Delivery is free and comes on a set day depending on your area.
This was a good range of quality produce and we liked the fact that the onions in particular were a range of sizes rather than being uniform. The cucumber was a little bendy but that didn’t affect its longevity.
The only downside was that quantities were smaller than some of the other boxes – the carrots were just enough for a family Sunday roast, for example, with none left of the rest of the week.
This came with a sweet newsletter, which talked about the vegetables and the new pickers recruited. There are also storage tips and a recipe.
Boxxfresh large box, £28
Box contents: 12 asparagus spears, small bunch red grapes, 11 spring onions, 3 lemons, 4 plums, 170g cherry tomatoes. 5 apples, cauliflower, 700g salad potatoes, 180g tender stem broccoli, 950g carrots, 3 oranges, 2 Romano peppers, garlic bulb, 1.7kg potatoes, squash, 3 large red onions, 5 pears
Unlike most of the boxes we tested, Boxxfresh allows you to put your own box together. There are no subscriptions – you just order as and when you want. You select the size of box you want from a choice of four, from small (about 10 items, £17) to extra large (about 25 items for £33).
Produce is seasonal and the small farms produce comes from are highlighted on the website, although it isn’t certified as organic. Fruit and veg is British where possible, though some are imported.
You can put any combination of the available fruit, vegetables and herbs in your box in the very easy to use website – just click on what you want. Portions are allocated, e.g. two bunches of spring onions or 850g red onions.
Once you’ve filled your box, you can add extras like cheese or pasta, at set prices. There’s a minimum spend of £25 so if you have a smaller box, you will need some additions.
We took the chance to try a few veg that we don’t have on a regular basis, like asparagus and tenderstem broccoli, which were excellent quality.
There were a couple of ‘ugly’ vegetables which encourages less waste – the peppers were very slightly battered. Produce lasted well, with everything except one lemon lasting the week. There was a huge amount.
Packaging inside the sturdy recyclable cardboard box is minimal, though some items have additional recyclable wrapping for added protection. There is no plastic to be seen – this is one of Boxxfresh’s promises. An extra touch was a recipe for vegetable stir-fry inside.
Delivery is by DPD for £3.99 nationwide and you can choose your delivery date.
Abel and Cole Organic Summer Salad and veg box, £15
Box contents: watercress, lettuce, 4 beetroots, fresh mint, 2 ridge cucumber, 12 mild chillies (200g), 8 carrots (415g), 200g runner beans, 500g new potatoes
With mint, lettuce and new potatoes, this is summer in a box – this really does encourage you to eat what’s in season.
It arrives in a small box tied with string and a welcome booklet explaining the ethos, how to store your produce and how long it would last. Some of the items were in plastic bags, with the watercress one asking for it to be recycled or reused. Others, such as the potatoes and beans, came in paper bags and the box itself is recyclable.
You can see on the website what to expect each week, with a caveat that there might be substitutions and indeed we received mild chillies instead of spring onions. There are eight items a week – the mint was a free bonus.
All of the salad and veg was good quality and firm on arrival. The new potatoes, which we ate the day after delivery, were particularly flavoursome and the watercress was very good quality (making excellent soup), with no brown leaves. The carrots, which we put in the fridge, were soft after four days but still full of flavour when eaten then.
This one feels like a top up to a main shop – some lovely and healthy extras rather than all the essentials to last you a week, However, there are plenty of extras available to add to your box if it isn’t enough. There are also other boxes including different sized mixed fruit and veg boxes.
You can’t choose the delivery day as your box will be delivered when the vans are in the area, which will be the same day every week. Apart from that, delivery is flexible – you can buy boxes as a one-off or at intervals of up to eight weeks. There’s a flat-rate delivery charge of £1.50.
Fruitandveg2u.co.uk. family mixed vegetables and salad box, £27
Box contents: 2 leeks, green pepper, red pepper, cauliflower, white cabbage, iceberg lettuce, 2 broccoli, punnet cherry tomatoes, 125g radishes, 2 courgettes, 5 tomatoes, 2kg white potatoes, 2kg red potatoes, 1kg carrots, 4 small white onions, 4 small red onions, cucumber, aubergine, garlic bulb
This large box comes with free delivery via DPD across England from Tuesday to Friday, and gives you an impressive amount of veg and salad. The produce comes from around the world, although they do source from the UK when available.
You pick one of four boxes on the website – there's also a standard sized box, an exotic vegetable selection and a luxury fruit option – and can then add extras, from a stew mix to coconut and dates. You can also ask for substitutions in your box, though only with the same products from the box.
There are no subscription options and you just order what you want, when you want. The box remains the same all year, though the add-ons are more seasonal.
The items arrived in a recyclable cardboard box, with some items like potatoes and cucumber wrapped in plastic, supermarket style. Produce isn’t organic, so if that’s important to you, this one won’t be the best option.
We were impressed with the range, quantity and quality of the veg, with large broccoli and firm courgettes and found this good value, especially given the free delivery.
The Organic Delivery Company large vegetable box, £20.95
Box contents: Cos lettuce, spinach, 7 vine tomatoes, cucumber, squash, asparagus, 2 broccoli heads, 4 large potatoes (1.4kg), 6 beetroots, 1.2kg carrots, 2 fennel
Our box was on our doorstep by 7am and was a good mix of basics like carrots, potatoes, cucumber and tomatoes, with some more unusual offerings including fennel and asparagus.
There were generous quantities – we counted 20 carrots, plenty to last the week. Although there were only four potatoes, they were large, enough for a family meal.
The box itself was cardboard, with a message on it to hand back to the driver next time so it could be reused. Lettuce and spinach came in a plastic wrapper for freshness. You can order a plastic-free box if you prefer.
Contents change every week and you can add other items if you like, or just build your own box. You can order on an ad-hoc basis, or set up a regular delivery.
The website lists the origins of your veg – seven of our 11 items came from the UK, with the others were from Spain and Italy.
Quality was good, with noticeably plump and large tomatoes, but not too perfect. Our carrots were a mixture of sizes and everything seemed very fresh. Asparagus, eaten four days later, was good quality and only slightly woody.
You can choose from a number of different boxes – three sizes of vegetable box, with other options including combined fruit and veg, plastic free options and seasonal salad boxes.
This company delivers using a courier (£4.95) with London deliveries free if you spend over £13.95.
Milk and More premium organic veg box, £16.50
Box contents: 4 large tomatoes, 2 courgettes, 4 sweet potatoes (560g), two Romano peppers, 2 fennel, cucumber, small cabbage, garlic bulb, 10 onions
Delivered by your milkman, your box will be on your doorstep before 7am – bleary-eyed, we checked for ours at 6.30am and it was there.
The veg arrived in a no-frills cardboard box which can be left out and collected during your next delivery for reuse or recycling. Only the tomatoes had extra packaging, in a cardboard carton.
Boxes change according to the season, and you can see what to expect on the website. Very helpfully, the quantities are listed too, in weight. We weighed the veg and found that portions were on the generous side, for instance the 500g of sweet potatoes was actually 560g and we got 30g more of both onions and tomatoes.
Produce changes according to what is in season and varies frequently. Ours had a good mix of salad and vegetables and the quality was impressive – our courgettes were notably plump and lasted well.
Peppers were shiny, sweet and firm. Like all good organic vegetables, they weren’t too perfect, with the sweet potatoes slightly gnarled and the cucumber a little marked.
The website is easy to use and as well as boxes, you can buy items like bread, meat, eggs, tea and (obviously) milk. You can buy boxes as a one-off or regularly, and there is no minimum spend or delivery charge.
Milkmen deliver every other day, three days a week excluding Sundays so you can choose when you receive it.
Pikt fresh seasonal veg box, £15
Box contents: asparagus, flat beans, mushrooms, 8 carrots (530g), 2 small courgettes, 2 large onions, 4 beetroots, 800g potatoes
Pikt offers you a choice of ready-made boxes or building your own in a ‘homey box’ of up to 25 items, with each item individually priced. All produce is organic with no plastic wrapping.
We tested the seasonal veg box, and there are other ready boxes including fruit or salad, as well as more unusual options like juice.
Weekday delivery comes via DPD and you can choose your delivery date. You can have weekly or fortnightly delivery, or buy as a one-off.
Our box was easy to order and came two days later as requested. The recyclable box had fun glasses you could cut out, which might or might not persuade kids to help with the unpacking.
Asparagus and flat beans were separately wrapped in paper, and the mushrooms came well presented in a cardboard takeaway-type box. All the veg was very fresh – there was a generous portion of earthy mushrooms which lasted a week.
After four days, the flat beans were in great condition while the potatoes were slightly soft but edible.
The box is quite small, which might be a disadvantage for some but meant we ate it quickly so there was no waste. As the price included delivery (there’s a £1.50 surcharge for weekend delivery), we thought it was good value.
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