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Bunched carrots on Riverford Farm Grilled courgette tomato and bean salad with basil dressing Field Kitchen recipe Guy Watson Riverford founder Harvesting leeks on Riverford Farm
Rob Andrew Riverford Field Kitchen head chef Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant Riverford logo Riverford mini vegbox
Riverford range of produce Riverford salad box Riverford Field Kitchen Greens Franchisee with box

know your onions - a Riverford fact sheet

  • Guy Watson started growing organic veg in 1986 on his family farm in Devon and set up the vegbox scheme in 1993, delivering to 20 local friends and families.
  • As demand grew, the challenge was to find a way of embracing it whilst sticking to what the vegbox scheme was all about – local growing and employment and a friendly, personal service.
  • The solution was to find other farmers who shared our ethos. We now have 4 Riverford farms, all growing, packing and delivering vegboxes locally (the original farm in Devon, plus Hampshire, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire).
  • Between the 5 sister farms we now cover most of England and South Wales and deliver around 47,000 vegboxes each week.
  • Our vegboxes are on average 20% cheaper than supermarket organic veg.
  • Customers cite “freshness and flavour” as the main reason for buying from us.
  • Every week we give customers 8 seasonal recipes in a newsletter in their vegbox to help them use up every last leek.
  • We also offer a range of organic meatboxes, eggs, milk, bread and more.
  • In 2005 we opened the critically acclaimed Riverford Field Kitchen restaurant on our farm in Devon, with Jane Baxter as Head Chef.
  • In 2008 we published our first book, the Riverford Farm Cook Book, a mixture of farming tales and seasonal recipes co-written by Guy Watson and Jane Baxter.
  • In 2010 we launched our “Riverford Cooks” campaign to inspire people to cook from scratch using a vegbox. Riverford Cooks work in their local communities on everything from cooking lunches in people’s homes through to public cookery workshops and demos.
  • In Summer 2010 we took a travelling version of our Field Kitchen restaurant on tour in a giant yurt, serving up freshly-cooked seasonal produce in fields around the country.
  • We now also have a farm in the Vendée region of France, where we grow crops to fill our vegboxes during the British ‘hungry gap’ in late spring. Trucking them to the UK is roughly the same distance as travelling from the Fens to Devon.
  • In May 2011 we published our second cook book, Everyday & Sunday, which has seasonal recipes organised month-by-month, with the aim of getting the nation confident at cooking with seasonal food.

press releases

The Riverford Big Worm Dig
July 2013
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Lizard found in bananas from the Domincan Republic
May 2013
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Riverford celebrate success at the Natural and Organic awards
April 2013
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Riverford - Meat You Can Trust
February 2013
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Riverford Preserved Lemons Kit
January 2013
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Have a fuss-free Riverford Christmas
December 2012
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Farmer of the Year - Guy Watson
November 2012
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Riverford supports Keep Britain Buzzing
November 2012
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Riverford - Financial Release
September 2012
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Riverford celebrates success at the Compassion in World Farming Awards
September 2012
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Riverford wins the Soil Association Awards
September 2012
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Milk prices
July 2012
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Riverford launches new picnic range
May 2012
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Meet Riverford, the globe-hopping frog
April 2012
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New Head Chef at Riverford's Field Kitchen restaurant
March 2012
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Jump start your veg patch with Riverford Organic
February 2012
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Riverford win RSPCA Award
October 2011
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Best Ethical Online Retailer – Riverford Organic holds its crown
10 June 2011
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Brand new cook book from Riverford Organic ' Everyday & Sunday - Recipes from Riverford Farm'
2 May 2011
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awards

We're chuffed to have won a bumper crop of awards over the last couple of years. You can find out more about them here.