I have an allergy/food intolerance:
We can not guarantee that there will be no cross contamination between our fresh fruit and vegetable ranges as all of our produce is stored in close proximity to each other. If you have any allergies or intolerances please make sure you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before placing an order so that we can help advise if your specific allergy/intolerance can be controlled.
What postcodes do you currently deliver to:
We wish we could deliver to all of you, we will get there one day! For now we are limiting our delivery service to the below postcodes. If your postcode isn’t on this list please contact us with your address and we will be sure to update you as soon as our vans can travel to you. When our shop is open there will be an option to order online and collect from us.
SE1, SE11, SE21, SE24, SE5, SW10, SW11, SW12, SW16, SW17, SW18, SW1A, SW1E, SW1H, SW1P, SW1V, SW1W, SW1X, SW1Y, SW2, SW3, SW4, SW6, SW8, SW9, SW95, SW99
What is minimum intervention farming:
Minimum intervention farming means that the growers have to be transparent on use and frequency of chemical and synthetic fertilisers, and pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides).
Why are some of your listed items not organic:
Our supplier sums up this answer pretty well, please see below for a note from them.
We look beyond certifications and labels, measuring the sustainability of a grower’s practice on an individual basis. Fundamentally, we work with growers driven by flavour, not yield and their growing methods reflect that choice. By having real transparency in our interaction with our growers, we are able to know exactly how they grow.
Incredible flavour is a good indicator that a plant is grown sustainably, but we have identified six growing methods that we believe are key to building a more sustainable food system. We look for at least one of these techniques in each of our growers. Where there is room for improvement in their practice, we offer our support to make the transition possible.
We build the necessary infrastructure for small-scale growers to supply their produce at a higher volume without the need to compromise on the sustainability of their methods.
What are the six growing methods used by your supplier that identifies a product as sustainable:
Promoting the presence of bacteria & fungi, grasses, trees, insects and mammals on the land.
Creating a natural environment in order to encourage this biodiversity through limited or no use of pesticides.
NO OR MINIMAL USE OF CHEMICAL INTERVENTION
Provide transparency on use and frequency of chemical and synthetic fertilisers, and pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides).
Use of these measures is limited to a last resort, if at all.
Selection of heritage varieties for flavour , not yield or shelf life.
Saving own seeds year on year from their best performing plants for future crops.
TRADITIONAL GROWING TECHNIQUES
Practice of traditional growing methods that preserve the cultural artistry of their growing region.
Producing varieties with the unique characteristics that industrial practices are in danger of eliminating.
No or low tillage of the land to protect ecosystems against soil erosion and nutritional depletion.
Low tillage also contributes to increasing organic soil matter and sequesters carbon.
Cover cropping: This practice suppresses weeds, manages soil erosion, helps to boost soil fertility, controls diseases and pests.
Crop rotation: allowing soil to rest for a full growing season. This practice restores the nutritional deficits caused by the cultivation of particular varieties.
Composting: using it to build organic matter and provide natural fertiliser.
Use of renewable energy in their production.
Close attention paid to their waste production and resource use.
Use of a water conservation system.
Recyclable or compostable packaging.
Why are some of your products not grown in the UK:
Whilst our main focus will always be to support UK growers and independent producer our full range is not in season in the UK all year. When the UK season has finished our growers and partners look to Europe and certain other countries from around the world to help keep our shelves and yours full.