We hate food waste here at Riverford, and compared to farmers who supply supermarkets we have very little; selling direct to the customer means that every vegetable already has a home in our veg boxes before it is even planted.
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There are occasions when a batch of fruit or veg simply can’t go into the boxes. It may be too large, too ripe, or partly damaged. Whatever the reason, we have a system in place to make sure it does not go to waste.Why is reducing food waste important? | Read more on Wicked Leeks
If any of our crops produces more than we expect, we are usually able to accommodate the surplus in our veg boxes. Often it means that our customers get larger portions for free!
We also work with the Gleaning Network UK if we have crops in the field that we can’t harvest in time. Watch our 2 minute video to find out what happened when we have a 10 tonne broad bean glut.