Box schemes

Organiclea veg box Photo: Nicola Tree
Organiclea veg box. Photo: Nicola Tree
Organiclea veg box. Photo: Nicola Tree

In a box scheme, customers buy a box of produce - usually veg or fruit - at a fixed price, either from the producer directly or via a local retailer. The contents of the box depends on what is in season. Usually, though not always, customers make a commitment to buy a box regularly throughout the growing season.

Box schemes support local producers who are unable to guarantee the continuity of supply demanded by supermarkets. They also reconnect consumers with the seasonal availability of local vegetables.