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Hi

Saw an advert for a local company supplying 'Wonky Fruit & Veg' - I'm sure you all understand what this is - thought it a good idea to reduce wasted fruit and so subscribed.

Disappointed - today's bag cost £5.49 - costing up equivalent products on Sainsbury's web site (nearest supermarket so where I usually shop) came to £3.70.

So, whilst I support the idea, I'm going to cancel as I don't see why fruit deemed 'substandard' for supermarkets should cost nearly 50% more - I know there's delivery (but I go weekly shopping anyway so no extra cost for me) AND they choose what goes in the bag (I have no choice).

What do others think ?

H

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58 minutes ago, Leicester_H said:

Hi

Saw an advert for a local company supplying 'Wonky Fruit & Veg' - I'm sure you all understand what this is - thought it a good idea to reduce wasted fruit and so subscribed.

Disappointed - today's bag cost £5.49 - costing up equivalent products on Sainsbury's web site (nearest supermarket so where I usually shop) came to £3.70.

So, whilst I support the idea, I'm going to cancel as I don't see why fruit deemed 'substandard' for supermarkets should cost nearly 50% more - I know there's delivery (but I go weekly shopping anyway so no extra cost for me) AND they choose what goes in the bag (I have no choice).

What do others think ?

H

I just go to my local farm shop or independent green grocers; they just sell it as it comes (in fact several of the local farm shops also only sell what they grow), and I know I am supporting an independent, local business too.

It costs a little more, but I'd rather spend more supporting a local place than a giant corporation. And if I do those things, I don't have to deal with a ton to plastic and cardboard to recycle, so it's better for the environment too.

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We used to have 2 green grocers near us - limited range but very good produce at reasonable prices - but they've both closed down. No convenient farm shops for weekly buying.

Wonky veg came in paper bag (which was good) but quality was not 'brilliant'. Don't understand why it was so expensive - 50% more than Sainsbury's (which is NOT the cheapest supermarket).

Will have a look at other schemes.

H

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3 minutes ago, Leicester_H said:

We used to have 2 green grocers near us - limited range but very good produce at reasonable prices - but they've both closed down. No convenient farm shops for weekly buying.

Wonky veg came in paper bag (which was good) but quality was not 'brilliant'. Don't understand why it was so expensive - 50% more than Sainsbury's (which is NOT the cheapest supermarket).

Will have a look at other schemes.

H

I know round our way there are a couple of farm shops that offer delivery (at a cost, obviously) which is home grown stuff. Maybe if you do a search, there might be somewhere that is still in your catchment area as opposed to a national one? That's the only other thing I can think of trying maybe.

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I agree, H. It's disappointing that it costs so much more! Some supermarkets do have their own 'wonky' range (one is 'Perfectly Imperfect', that may be Tesco!?) Whichever supermarket I am in I do try and find the wonky stuff, if only to send the message to 'the management' that people do want to buy it and am happy to pay the same price as perfect but certainly not more!

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Quite - Veg - if they're going to get chopped up and cooked, it doesn't matter what they look like when bought. Occasionally it does matter eg. if I'm doing staffed peppers I like ones with flattish sides that sit nicely in the baking dish. I also try to buy things to send messages to 'management'.

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