As a country, we have embraced food boxes in lockdown and one company that has grown exceptionally during the last year is Harvest Day.
Established by passionate 28-year-old entrepreneur Fergus Halpin in May 2020, Harvest Day is a vegetable delivery box which supports small sustainable food producers.
It describes itself as “the next best thing to shopping at the farmer's gate”, an experience we have missed while we social distanced.
But even when we can get back to the farm gate, we won’t be able to make it around to all the producers that Harvest Day stocks.
These include 20 different small-scale organic and pesticide-free farmers running the length and breadth of the country, including Larkin’s Hill Farm in Puckane, Co Tipperary; Sprout Organic Farm in Rathcoffey, Co Kildare; and Jim Cronin's 16ac Organic Market Garden near Killaloe, Co Clare.
So what can you get?
Choose from a Farmer Box (€25), which includes the top weekly picks of seasonal vegetables chosen by the farmers themselves, or the Harvest Box (€40), a full harvest of the best seasonal vegetables available that week - for delivery nationwide on Thursdays and Fridays.
Straight to your door
If you place your order before midnight on Sunday, your vegetables will be freshly picked by the farmers, packed by Harvest Day by Tuesday evening and delivered direct to your door in 100% recyclable boxes on either a Thursday or Friday (depending on the delivery day you choose).
Harvest Day has just expanded its delivery to include nationwide and is offering weekly or fortnightly delivery slots.
For more information, log on to www.harvestday.ie.