FOODSTUFF: Cape Town’s five of the best online organic greens

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Think Organic offers two bags or build your own
Ethical Co-op. Operating since 2005, minimal packaging, smaller local farmers and support of fair working conditions where possible. Order fresh produce, dairy and even dried goods. A good selection of fruit, vegetables and herbs starts at R115 (a small salad box or small Banting box) to R170 (a family mixed box or family Banting box). You’ll find organic dairy, eggs, breads, honey and more. Order on Sunday (northern suburbs) for collection every Wednesday, or order Tuesday (southern suburbs) for collection on Thursday. Door to door, or from more than 30 collection points including Durbanville, Paarl, Muizenberg and Melkbosstrand. Ethical Co-op

Harvest of Hope. They’re a project of Abalimi NGO, who supports trained micro-farmers in Nyanga and Khayelitsha. Shoppers commit a month in advance for weekly Tuesday collections. Operating since 2008, Harvest of Hope shoppers commit a month in advance for weekly collections every Tuesday. Order a small bag (eight organically grown vegetables including one herb, a leafy green and a rotation of seasonal items) at R99 or a bigger bag (bigger quantities) at R133. Occasional extra additions include eggs or fruit. Primarily southern suburbs and some CBD points. Harvest of Hope

The Green Road is a not-for-profit organisation sourcing organic or free-range produce from small farmers near their Stellenbosch Waldorf School base. The shopper bag is popular: your organic product choices to a R100 minimum value. There’s also a weekly bag (six vegetables and a herb) at R95; a small bag (three vegetables and a fruit) for R70; a fruit bag (four fruit) for R90; a meat bag (1.5kg chicken and 500g mince) for R125; and a dairy bag (12 eggs & 250g cheese) for R90. Order by Tuesday; collect on Thursday at collection points in Stellenbosch, Somerset West and Strand. Deliveries for a fee. Green Road

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Apricots from Tierhoek farm destined for Wild Organics bags
Think Organic. ‘Most users build their own bags from scratch,’ says Jamie Veldman, ‘but some say the pre-packed bag is like having a lucky packet. This online business operates from their Kenilworth shop. Place orders by Saturday; collect every Wednesday. Pick-up zones include the northern and southern suburbs and Western Seaboard (that’s Milnerton, Welgemoed and Woodstock to Kalk Bay). There’s a budget organic fruit and veg bag at R105; a family pack at R155. There’s also frozen grassfed beef and free-range poultry, dairy and eggs from the online shopping list. 083-423-6931 or Think Organic

Wild Organics. Subject to seasonality and regionality, check the website for the weekly contents of their brown bags. Order by Saturday; collect organic produce on Wednesday. It’s sourced from a variety of farmers. Try the Wild mini bag (eight to nine veggie and fruit items) at R110; standard bag (11 to 12 items) at R160; or made-to-order bag with a R200 minimum value. Flexible ordering and Peninsula-wide collection points. Other items available too. A flexible ordering system allows stopping and starting. Wild Organics

This one delivers to only the immediate area so wasn’t in my list of five, but if you live in the CBD you may be interested:
Zetler Pharmacy. A collection point from Naturally Organic in Phillipi. Organic grower Skye Fehlmann delivers a produce bag for a small group every Thursday. A brown bag of 10 to 12 items could include carrots, green onions, green beans, Swiss chard, patty pans, parsley, apples, sweetcorn and turnips, for R130. Six free-range eggs cost an additional R18. Gardens, 021-465-4217.

A version of this appeared in The Times on 22 April 2015.

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