I have been wanting to say this for a long time:
Especially for someone trying to be green, and living on a boat as a Continuous Cruiser (moving every 14 days: i.e. always finding new shops/markets!), and… if you never know what to cook! Oh, and of course, if you are ‘poor’, and busy, and impatient, and indecisive, and not very organised… For someone like me, basically.
I walk into grocery shops and everything is wrapped in plastic. Broccoli, potatoes, carrots! So I go to markets, but some are sooooo expensive. So then I try organic shops, but some are ‘fakes’ and the others even more expensive. I end up buying random things here and there, spending a lot of time for it, trying to find unpackaged food for a decent price, not always succeeding. It certainly stimulates my creativity, as I sometimes buy stuff that I have no idea how to cook… but it is always so frustrating. It makes me hate going food shopping. Because I’ll be honest, if I’ve had a bad day and I am tired and hungry, and the only shop I find on the way home is Tesco, I’ll buy broccoli in plastic… And this makes me feel horrible every time!
I need a change.
Until yesterday, I missed having an address, where I could get an organic veggie box delivered to my doorstep, without worrying too much, with a selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables, and maybe eggs, and milk in glass bottles… But how to do it on a narrowboat? I thought there wasn’t an option!
But then, the revelation came from one of my friends (thanks Maria!): you can pick up these boxes from collection points around London! How stupid of me not to think this could be possible, and for not researching about it before! Apparently I am the last Londoner not to know about this. Well, better late than never.
And better still, one of the collection points is the Castle Climbing Centre, where I go climbing every week.
I already set up a standing order, and I am going to pick up my first box next week!
Pick up is amazing for Narrowboaters! And it is also great to reduce emissions, when you think about it.
I already feel better, and I can’t wait to pick up my organic box next week!
Here are the 10 best Veggie Boxes according to ‘The Independent’. Some offer pick up options, some don’t… I chose the Growing Communities one, as their pick up point is perfect for me!