It is now possible to order Vegetable Boxes from the Black Cat Farm Shop, for collection from the shop – or delivery to your home (if within the delivery area).
What will the boxes contain?
Between 8-10 types of vegetables. Most weeks there will be Potatoes, Onions and Carrots. The remainder will be from the range available that week.
The contents of the boxes will be exactly the same as the vegetables in the shop, from the same local suppliers. The ethos of the shop (Fresh, Local, Seasonal) will apply to the vegetable boxes, so you will not find out of season items (i.e. Asparagus in December, or Courgettes in February) in the boxes, or imported items – unless we are experiencing extreme weather conditions or events that interrupt the supply chain (COVID-19 Pandemic).
How much will the boxes cost?
Small Box (2-3 people) £9.50
Medium Box (3-4 people) £11.50
Large Box (5-6 people) £13.50
Delivery will cost £1.50 per box extra, obviously boxes collected from the shop will not be charged delivery.
What will the items weigh in the boxes?
This will change slightly from week to week, and across the seasons. We can supply average weights for each of the box types, but it really will depend each week on what vegetables are available and their prices. Please contact Sue for the latest box weights.
Are the vegetables Organic?
No, they are not – they are from a wide range of local growers, and most of them are too small to register with the Soil Association. All of them grow using as few pesticides as possible, and natural barriers such as fleece.
Will the vegetables be washed?
No, they will be as they have been harvested, so you will need to wash them yourself. Washing removes essential vitamins and minerals and can bruise the items.
I don’t like a particular vegetable – that’s fine. We can note it as your ‘never send’ item.
Can you give me recipe suggestions?
Yes – there is a very good range of recipes already on the shops website (www.blackcatfarmshop.co.uk ) in the ‘blog’ area.
When will you deliver:
Deliveries will depend on delivery location. Currently we deliver to villages local to the shop plus Marston Moretaine and Cranfield on a Tuesday, Bedford and suburbs is Wednesday, St Neots on Thursday. This can change and we will endeavour to give as much notice as possible.
Collections from the shop can be during our opening hours, but we will need to agree in advance which day you wish to collect.
I may not be at home when you deliver
That’s fine. Please let us know in advance a safe place where the box can be left. It will need to be out of direct sun, and preferably won’t be damaged by rain.
Do I have to have a box every week? No – you can have them fortnightly or whenever you need them. Please let us know when you do need them, and don’t forget to cancel any you don’t.
I’ve gone on holiday and I forgot to tell you, will you still charge me?
If you let us know by the Sunday before your delivery, there will be no charge.
From the Sunday to 9am on delivery day there will be a £2.50 charge as we have some costs to cover.
If we’ve delivered already, and you tell us afterwards, you will be charged the full amount.
How will I pay you?
In the shop you can pay by card or cash (contactless).
All deliveries will be charged via ‘GoCardless’, this requires you to set up a Direct Debit with them, but this only takes a couple of minutes to do and is a very secure system. Once done, we will invoice you for your box and any extras as we deliver. We are sorry, but we cannot accept cash, cheques, card payments, bank transfers or PayPal payments for any items that are to be delivered.
If I need extra vegetables or other items, is this possible?
Yes, please email your requirements by Saturday evening for your following weeks delivery/collection and we can include them. Please note, we are not able to deliver any chilled products (Meat, Milk, Cheese) but we can deliver Eggs, Apple Juice, Honey (when available) and Preserves (when available) and Bread, plus extra vegetables in season such as Asparagus and strawberries. Contact Sue to find out what’s available or sign up to the shop’s e-newsletter published each week which will contain the latest list of what’s in stock.
Delivery Boxes / Packaging.
We will be using recycled wooden and cardboard boxes to deliver the vegetables to you. They may contain labels which might be misleading (i.e. tomatoes from Spain). The labels on the boxes bear no relation to the source of the vegetables within it – if you would like to know exactly where your items are grown please contact us. Please put the box out for us to collect and re-use. We can also re-use clean and undamaged egg boxes and plastic punnets from the supermarkets.
For loose items such as spinach and some tomatoes, we may need to use paper bags or plastic to keep items together, and stop them getting dry or damaged in transit. If we have to use plastic punnets, we will try and use ones already recycled from the shop. Please feel free to return them to us for re-use.
What areas will you deliver to?
Wyboston & Chawston, Roxton & Great Barford
Cardington, Shortstown, Wixams, Wilstead
Bedford, Bromham, Biddenham, Great Denham
Kempston, Wootton, Marston Moretaine, Cranfield
St Neots (including Loves Farm), Eynesbury, Eaton Socon, Eaton Ford, Little & Great Paxton, The Offords, Godmanchester, Buckden.
How do I sign up?
Ring Sue on 07522 559010 to discuss what you’d like and when, or email her firstname.lastname@example.org