Healthy eater and runner, Ashlie Groves, wanted to find an easy solution for fresh fruit and veg, without having to face market crowds and without having to resort to supermarkets where food lies on the shelves for days, if not weeks. Did Farmdrop, the online supplier of organic produce, meat and fish, meet her needs?
Whilst I live less than a mile from Borough Market, come Saturday morning after a long run (I’m currently marathon training) I just can’t face the crowds, so the convenience of online ordering and a delivery from a high street supermarket always wins. However, I often find the freshness and quality of the products isn’t the best. If you order online, you don’t get to choose the quality products from the shelves and I regularly receive a late night deliveries to find half the produce is due to go out of date within a day or two, not great when I’ve done a weekly shop! So I jumped at the chance when offered the opportunity to place an order from Farmdrop.
The best way to describe it is an online farmers market, they have a great range of produce from over 50 farmers and food makers. I have tried other online fresh produce delivery services before, however the majority have prepared boxes of fruit or vegetables depending on what’s in season, I suffer from a intolerance to Alliums and so I can’t eat garlic, leeks, onions etc which most of the boxes seemed to contain and so I would always waste food. What’s great about Farmdrop is that you choose exactly what you want, just as you would from an online high street supermarket.
The delivery was really slick and the driver super friendly, it all arrived in recyclable boxes and cool bags, so no plastic bags or unloading from the driver’s crates required.
I then got to unveil the products I’d ordered, I mainly opted for meat, fruit and vegetables as I already had a cupboard full of staple items and wanted some fresh produce to compliment these. Everything looked really good, but ultimately it came down to the taste test!
The first dinner, we had Sussex sausages, purple sprouting broccoli and organic potatoes. It was AMAZING, my husband hates sausages, but he loved these. They were really good quality, nothing like supermarket produce. I couldn’t believe how great the organic potatoes tasted, we opted for mash with a little bit of skimmed milk and they were super creamy, he asked what I’d added to make them taste like that…nothing, it was just the potatoes!
Over the next few days we tried the rest of the produce: eggs, blood oranges, bacon, mushrooms, pears, jam, beef, and then finished the week with a roast dinner made with the left overs- pork tenderloin, carrots, parsnip and potatoes… it was such a nice roast dinner, everything tasted so fresh and the quality was faultless. I had so much leftover veg, I managed to make 5 portions of soup, lunch sorted for the next week!
I really couldn’t recommend the service enough. The freshness of the products was so evident and it meant a weekly shop, for once, lasted a whole week without any waste. We will definitely be ordering from them again very soon!
Who’s it for: Healthy foodies who love good quality, fresh produce at reasonable prices.
How much: Spend as much or as little as possible. However, Farmdrop have said that they will start charging for deliveries under £25. Produce prices start from 50p.
More information: farmdrop.co.uk/london