How it works

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How do we join the scheme, how do we buy produce...how does it work? 

Becoming a member

You join the scheme by becoming a member (click the box at the top of the page), the process is simple and requires just an email and password. We are aiming to build a membership of around 50 "regular" customers within a 15 mile radius of Llanfyllin, so that we can then focus on supplying you with the best seasonal produce. Becoming a member enables us to build a community, and keep you updated about our produce. It does not tie you to a regular order, and is flexible. You can also unsubscribe at any point.

Online farm-shop

Once joined, you can access our online farm shop and purchase our fresh home grown produce. Our online farm shop is open all year round, but supply may be limited in the winter months. You buy items to suit you, and this can be as little or as often as you wish. We will have a limited stock available on a first come, first served basis. You can then either collect your order from our collection hub in Llanfyllin every Thursday (Llanfyllin market), or opt for delivery (within 15 miles of SY225NA), although there is a delivery fee of £2. All orders received by midnight on Thursday will be delivered/collected the following Sunday/Thursday.

The produce

Our produce is made up of items grown on our small farm. The produce we grow is done so using chemical free and regenerative principles. With the exception of our salad leaf mix, which we have struggled to source a viable alternative, we do not pack in plastic - and our produce is delivered loose, or in card punnets. We aim to deliver within 24 hours of picking if at all possible. 

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Where does your produce come from and is it "organic"?

We grow all our produce on our small farm in mid Wales. However, we are limited by the seasons and climate, and cannot provide all produce all year round - we are very much influenced by the seasons. We don't sell produce from other sources, or from oversees.

All the produce we grow on our own farm is chemical free, grown using regenerative principles, and prioritises soil health. We do not pack our items in plastic (with the exception of the salad leaves) and, being locally grown and supplied, we have minimal food miles. We are not currently certified organic and are considering the merits of this accreditation. Our farm encourages biodiversity, soil health and low impact.

 

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How does the delivery/collection system work?

We deliver to postcodes within 15 miles of SY22 5NA (Llanfyllin). Delivery costs and extra £2.00. Alternatively, you can collect your box from our collection hub in Llanfyllin every Thursday (Llanfyllin market). Either way, your produce will come in a biodegradable paper bag (sorry...not a "box"), and we are happy to leave this in a safe place. We deliver every Sunday, between 10am and 4pm, and we aim to pick and pack your produce within 24 hours if possible, and sometimes the morning of delivery. We have a cut off day for orders - Thursdays at midnight - and all orders placed by then will be delivered on the following dispatch day. For example, if you placed your order by Thursday the 4th, it will be delivered on Sunday 7th, or available for pick up Thursday the 11th.

How can you compete with supermarket prices for your own produce?

Its tough! We are a very small farm, and grow our produce on just 1 acre. However, we pack a punch. We focus on intensive and regenerative agriculture, which gets the most out of small spaces. We use hand tools, so don't have the expense of mechanisation. Our small scale means we don't need to employ staff, albeit with the odd bit of help, and we use very little packaging and minimal logistics. We also avoid the expense of organic certification, and take the view that you, our customers, hold us to account. However, the most fundamental factor is our direct sales relationship with customers. By bypassing the supermarkets, we avoid the massive margins they demand (usually 70%) and can enjoy 100% of the revenue. Consequently, we are able to offer our produce at a similar price, or sometimes cheaper to the supermarkets organic counterparts. Its still difficult, and we work hard - but this model means it is possible for us to get a fair wage, and for you get ethical, quality, locally sourced produce. Why wouldn't you?

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Do I need to get a delivery every week, and does my order need to remain the same?

Although you do not need to buy every week, our membership model and the quality of our produce hopes to encourage an ongoing commit to a "regular" order, at least through the key growing season (May - Nov). However, its a flexible arrangement, and it may be that you buy monthly, or fortnightly, or just as and when.

Can I cancel my membership? 

You can cancel your membership at any time and just need to send us an email and allow us 2 weeks to remove you from our database. Its as simple as that - there is no long term commitment and the membership just helps us manage our stock and output, as well as our connection with customers.

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Who are the other suppliers?

To add some variety to your orders, we will be aiming to grow relationships with regional small scale suppliers for produce such as free range eggs, preserves, honey, biscuits and handmade soaps. Watch this space. 

Who is this scheme for - why should I join?

Our ethos is to be as inclusive as possible, and we try and provide our produce to you at a similar price to the supermarkets organic and sometimes non-organic counterparts - so our appeal is broad.  We won't replace the supermarket, but aim to offer a different, more ethical way of buying certain goods. Moreover, we believe our own grown produce will be fresher and therefore superior to supermarket produce, which is often imported, spending days in transit. Our own grown produce is also likely to last a lot longer, given it is often picked within hours of delivery. This way, you will receive good value quality food, whilst also sustaining a small, more ethical and local enterprise.

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