Cornish Food Deliveries
Locally reared meat, freshly caught fish and veg that's been dug up just a few miles away. Switch your supermarket shop for packages of local goodness.
Will there be a run on baked beans in the supermarkets? A queue of lorries from here to Calais? This is no place for politics! But the possibility of chaos in the aisles this October is just another great reason to support Cornwall’s amazing producers and buy direct from local farmers and growers.
And fear not, I’ve rounded up a list of brilliant businesses who will even deliver their wares direct to your door. Yes, it takes a little more organising but once you’re in the swing, you can sit back and look forward to weekly or monthly packages of Cornish foodie goodness.
Meat’s been getting some bad press lately and with certain supermarkets branding their drumsticks with the names of made-up farms, it’s no wonder we’re all confused. Luckily we have some amazing local farms and butchers and this one’s Cornwall’s favourite. Lobbs was voted best Farm Shop in the Muddy Awards and they’re now sending meat boxes including their home-reared beef and lamb. With high welfare standards their animals are predominantly grass fed, which means the animals help to manage carbon levels in the soil in a sustainable way. Their meat also tastes so much better and comes in minimal packaging.
Order by 10.30am Tuesday for delivery Thursday to local postcodes (PL24, PL25, PL26 & TR2) and you can get 10% off your first box when you sign up on their website.
Small Meat Box – £15, Large Meat Box – £30
Milk from local dairies
Remember the milkman? Well, he’s making a comeback. Dewy, cream-topped glass bottles delivered daily. The nostalgic novelty of popping those foil tops. Lots of houses in our community have their’s dropped off in time for breakfast and I’m tempted to join their ranks. Our recycling is about half plastic milk bottles each week. There are several small local dairies around Cornwall who’ll deliver in their areas, like Lillie Brothers, Mounts Bay Dairy and Green Cow Dairy as well as some where you can conveniently collect, like Cornish Moo and Trink Dairy who have self-service vending machines.
This historic harbour town of Newlyn is famous for its fishing fleet. And Stevenson Newlyn has been catching and selling fish here for over a century. In the shop, there’s an impressive fish counter that’s worth a drive west for but you can also get a box delivered. Stevenson can get fresh fish from their boats to your door within 24 hours of catching it, all prepared and ready to cook. Choices range from the Family Box – £80 for a glut of local fish that would last us a month, plus handy recipe cards – to the Market Box – £50 for enough portions of fish for 2 people to eat fish at least once a week for a month.
Family Box, £80 (to last a month)
Our Real Food Box delivery arrives on our door step in lovely jute and paper bags while I’m out at work. And I love opening them up each week to see what colourful, seasonal fruit and veg tumbles out. It’s always a surprise and challenges me to cook things I don’t usually buy as well as enabling us to eat more seasonally. In fact, you can pretty much do a full shop from The Real Food Box, who also sell bread, dairy, meat, fish and store cupboard stuff but for me, the veggies are the highlight.
Large Seasonal Fruit & Veg Box, £20
Care to grow your own? We have a box of little plugs delivered each spring to fill our six raised beds. From veggies to herbs, Rocket Gardens offers a wide variety of little plants that have had a strong start (so less chance of you killing them all off). You can select the veg plants of your choice individually or go for seasonal or themed collections, like ‘Autumn Herbs’ or ‘Mini Veg Patch.’ For the amateur gardener, there’s also loads of info on their website about when to plant what and how to tend your fledgling plants.
Family Favourites Veg Patch, £39.99
If you know of any other great food deliveries on offer in Cornwall, we’d love to hear about them in the comments.