To sign up for a veg share you pay a monthly share of the costs of growing the produce and receive a weekly or fortnightly bag of seasonal veg as your share of the harvest. This is delivered to your local hub (see below) for collection.
See ‘What’s in a Veg Share‘ for an example of what you’ll receive throughout the seasons and the sizes available. You’ll be eating things like tomatoes, beans and courgettes in the summer, Brussels sprouts, parsnips and kale in the winter and plenty of salads and leafy greens most of the year.
Veg Share Prices
Small: £45.50 per month – (£10.50 per week) – 1-2 people
Medium: £68.25 per month – (£15.75 per week) – 2-4 people
Large: £102.38 per month – (£23.63 per week) – 4 people +
We also offer fortnightly Veg Shares at half the monthly cost.
Wivenhoe – Station Pub car park, West St. (Tuesday from 5pm)
Brightlingsea – Victoria Place. (Tuesday from 5pm)
Thorrington – Bennison Farm, Frating Road (Tuesday from 5pm)
Colchester – Colchester Food Coop, Queen St (Friday from 5pm)
Lawford – The Apricot Centre, Hungerdown Lane. (Friday from 5pm)
Helping on the Farm
We hold workdays where you can meet the growers, see how your food is grown and lend a hand. There is no obligation but this team effort is especially helpful with big jobs such as potato harvesting and onion planting. Information about Weekend Workdays can be found here. There are also less physical ways you can contribute such as helping out at farm socials or promoting the scheme at local events.
Notice to Leave
We ask members for a minimum of 2 months notice to leave the scheme. This gives us time to find a replacement member and therefore maintain a steady income.
We rely on Veg Share members paying a regular share of the costs, so it is not possible to take a holiday from paying when you go on holiday. If you are away we suggest that you offer your Veg Share to friends or just let us know not to harvest for you that week. If you go away a lot then a fortnightly bag would offer you a little more flexibility.