Nutrition student explains the benefits of a weekly veg box

Veg Box People has been supplying weekly bags of locally-grown veg to staff and students at Manchester Met since the start of this academic year. Each week we have customers excited about our super fresh, local, organic produce, as well as sharing top recipes and discussing the world of food. So rather than keeping it to ourselves, we thought we’d let one of our lovely customers tell you why they love being a Veg Box Person and why you should be one too!

Andrew Sheffield is a Nutrition student at Manchester Met and has been a Veg Box People customer for 7 months now. Andrew came across us following an inspiring lecture about local veg box schemes and, after researching a number of schemes, felt that we looked like the best one (we agree!).

Andrew Sheffield
Andrew collecting his veg bag. 

Since getting the veg box Andrew said he has learnt both to appreciate seasonality and to cook with different veg “there is more excitement – I looking forward to seasons changing which you don’t get when everything is accessible all the time”

Andrew’s favourite veg is Purple Sprouting Broccoli and favourite recipes that he’s cooked with our veg so far have been Cauliflower fritters in a curry spiced batter and Sauerkraut. Cabbage was a bit of a challenge at first he told us, but this is no longer the case after discovering Sauerkraut! And if he’s ever stuck, he turns to “Leiths veggie bible” (a cook book by Polly Tyrer).

Andrew feels it is important to support a local veg box co-operative, to support local farmers and community, but also to secure the sustainability of British farming and produce and to protect the environment too. He sees a future where there is an injection of young academics with nutritional knowledge working with the farming and agricultural sector, to create more efficiency for small scale farmers – to make it a viable living and more accessible (sounds good to us!).

Andrew thinks this model of farmers and customers working together is definitely replicable across the UK. ‘I’ve told everyone on my course about it. People need to be supported in building motivation to cook and to learn about seasonality’. Andrew feels sure that as more people become informed about it, it will spread quickly – so a big thanks to Andrew for helping us do just that!

To follow Andrews advice you can sign up to receive a lovely box of fresh, local, organic veg on our website, or come and visit us  on Thursdays to find out more (we’re at Birley Campus from 11.15 -12.30 and All Saints outside the Business School from 1 – 2.30). We look forward to seeing you soon!

Veg Box People

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