While the coronavirus crisis offers governments the chance to make climate-smart choices and policies on a national and international scale, it has also given us as individuals the chance to see the benefits of slowing down and living at a different pace. Either by design or out of necessity, we have altered our lifestyles to live in more thoughtful and sustainable ways. Our ‘Life after Lockdown’ series explores some of the positive lifestyle changes we have adopted, that can be adopted into the post-pandemic world.

As many of us are finding ways to swerve the supermarkets, alternative food delivery services have been experiencing a boom in lockdown. In addition to subscription services and online markets such as the ones below, it is also worth looking for suppliers, bakeries and farms in your local area who normally stock restaurants who may also be able to deliver to your door while we wait for the hospitality industry to get back on its feet. 

  • Oddbox – This free delivery subscription service provides you with boxes of surplus seasonal fruit and vegetables which don’t fit the supermarket mould due to being slightly wonky or oddly sized. They offer small, medium or large boxes, each one labelled with the amount of CO2 and water that has been saved with your purchase. The brand also donates 10 per cent of its fruit and veg to charity, including City Harvest, which tackles food poverty in London. From £9.45. 

 

  • Farmdrop – is an ethical supermarket/ farmers market selling organic and free-range produce. Farmdrop ensures that all the suppliers they work with are paid a fair price so they have the means to practice the most environmentally sound farming techniques. Every product comes with an online description of the farm it has been grown or reared on, meaning you know who is making your food and where it’s coming from. Farmdrop promises price matching with supermarkets, so if you find a branded product available at a lower price at Waitrose Online or Ocado then they will match it for you. Food boxes are then delivered from the farm to the table within 19 hours by electric vans. From £10.75. 

 

  • Riverford – Riverford has been a pioneer within the British farming scene, with the founder, Guy Singh Watson even appearing on Desert Island Discs to talk about his left-field approach to farming. Riverford delivers set boxes of organic fruit and vegetables which have been grown in South Devon. Riverford has an additional option to order recipe packages with pre-measured ingredients and instructions which can be used to make specific meals. There is currently a waitlist to make your order.