Devon LivingIssue #05
Fresh to your door
Introducing Veg In A Box, bringing the goodness of local farm produce straight to you.
Run by Julie Corcutt and her partner Bela Dobrovenszki, Veg In A Box started out as a gift between friends and has since snowballed into a thriving business. Julie tells us: “The boxes looked so colourful and healthy that I couldn’t resist posting pictures on Facebook, the online community must have agreed because we were soon inundated with requests for outside orders.” What initially started as a small gesture for close friends soon began to take off as a viable business. Julie explains: “We approached Dart Fresh Produce in Topsham and after seeing the fantastic local produce that they offer, we decided to use them as our sole supplier. Their policy (and now ours) is to support as many local farmers and producers as possible!”
“The boxes looked so colourful and healthy that I couldn’t resist posting pictures on Facebook, the online community must have agreed because we were soon inundated with requests for outside orders.”
Unwittingly, Julie and Bela had discovered a box-sized gap in the market, providing an easy way to inject a healthy dose of fresh veg, fruit and now meat into our lives. They use three local butcheries for the gourmet meat range: the award winning Veyseys of Cullompton and Organic Farm, Beech Ridge Farm and the Salcombe Meat Company. Having a box full of goodness delivered directly to your door cuts out the middle man and means that you’re not only saving time – you’re also supporting local farmers. Another plus is that the veg boxes contain fresh produce that doesn’t have to be wrapped in plastic, decreasing the plastic pollution that inevitably affects our coastlines, countryside and lives generally.
From humble beginnings, Veg In A Box now has a combination of delicious fruit and veg boxes to suit all tastes, as well as the Butchers Block range for meat lovers, and even a healthy eating range tailored to go alongside diets such as Slimming World. The boxes can suit any budget and provide an easy way to get your dose of fruit and veg. What’s more, Julie and Bela are happy to tailor a box exactly how you want it – all you have to do is give them a ring or use the message box on their website.
Having won numerous awards such as ‘Best Newcomer Devon Life Food and Drink Awards 2015’ when they first started up, and ‘Devon Life Independent Food Retailer of the Year 2017’ last year, the company continues to go from strength to strength and we look forward to watching them grow!
DID YOU KNOW?
Julie and Bela now collaborate with other like-minded businesses to introduce new foods and flavours, such as the vegan How on Earth range, Clive Pies and the delicious Greedy Fox seasoning, to name a few!
"The boxes looked so colourful and healthy that I couldn’t resist posting pictures on Facebook, the online community must have agreed because we were soon inundated with requests for outside orders."