Frugal Family

Why I am possibly AGAINST the new ASDA Wonky Veg box

Ok, So this may well become a totally ramble of a blog post, as I am not sure what I am trying to say. Even my husband just looked at me with confusion. So, if you manage to get a glimpse of what I am trying to say, I congratulate you.

I recently wrote a blog post for the HuffPost about how I made the new ASDA Wonky Veg box feed my family of 5 for a whole week. And whilst I made 7 dinners for £3.50, at just 12p a meal, I am starting to really feel like the Wonky Veg box isn’t the answer to all of our prayers. It’s been a niggling thought at the back of my mind for a few days now. To the point where I actually feel kinda angry about the whole thing.

Ok, So, first things first. I think it is great that supermarkets now feel like they can open the eyes of the common folk and allow them to feast upon dodgy looking veg, for a fraction of the price. They can make people realise that all veg is just as tasty and as good for us even if it is a little bumpy lumpy. We don’t need to consume amazing looking carrots or potatoes, we just need to eat.

BUT I have seen our local greengrocers shut own because of the supermarkets, and one online buddy told me tonight that she struggles to compete with these stores in her own grocers shop. Do we not find this heart breaking that people still prefer to shop in supermarkets instead of local? Is it because of convenience, that we can grab all we need in one place on the way home from work or because we might feel secure knowing that our food must come from a trusted supplier, is that it?

While my family move quickly towards our journey of self sufficiency and stepping away from the supermarket aisles, I also quickly realise that these supermarkets are quite possibly just lying to us with their amazing offers that make us all feel a little closer to nature and less guilty about our previous actions. I don’t think we shall ever see the return of the independent green grocers on every street, or the veg man that used to drive around my village as a kid selling the delicious brightly coloured vegetables from the back of his van (anyone else have the Happy Shopper visiting shop before they vanished in the late 90’s?). I would hope that I am wrong, and one day in the not to distant future we see these local suppliers getting back into full swing. But unit prices are rising, so are business rates and footfall is falling.

What can we do to change this? I literally have no answers. My husband made a good point tonight that if a family spent £3.50 on a Wonky Veg box that might leave them a little extra cash to go buy a grow bag and a pack of seeds, so they can grow their own instead. I was saying just last night that it would be amazing if the government offerd little grants to people who want to start growing their own, or even just keeping a couple of hens to supply themselves with fresh eggs.

Do you know what I am trying to say? We should scrap the Wonky Veg box because its a false illusion, but it may be the start of a snowball that makes people realise that all food is glorious, even the wibbly wobbly stuff. And you never know, more people might well start buying local again, supporting their independent suppliers and start putting money back into the economy again.

*agh my head hurts* rant over. for now.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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