I mentioned in my last post that I had ordered some fruit and vegetables to be delivered to me.

Disillusioned with the supermarkets home delivery services, or lack of, I phoned a local firm who normally distribute to the catering trade, pubs and restaurants. Obviously, their trade will have dried up unless they have hospital contracts. The lady on their phone was extremely helpful and explained they did a family box of vegetables and one of fruit delivered for £25. She suggested I try these first and then adjust my further orders to suit me. I set up an account there and then and paid by card, simple. She said to expect the delivery the next morning. Now that’s service.

[The firm, Ribble Farm Fare, is based in Longridge,  A family-run business specialising in fruit and vegetables. David Coulston founded the business in 1964, selling potatoes door-to-door. I remember when I came to Longridge in the early 70’s he was just becoming successful, he’d purchased a villa out in Lanzarote and named it Casa Potata.  His two sons run the firm now, with a substantial workforce, from a large warehouse in the village. Looking at their website I was amazed at the variety they provide, not only the raw products but an extensive range of prepared restaurant items. Obviously the latter are defunct at present.]

At 7am whilst I was making coffee the van arrived and the boxes were dropped off in my porch without any person to person contact. I was staggered when I saw the selection. She wasn’t exaggerating describing them as family boxes. It felt like Xmas and birthday all in one.

The fruits included 10 oranges, 10 apples, 10 pears, a large melon and bananas.

The veg box included generous portions of carrots, onions. large and small potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, swede, red pepper, tomatoes, celery, lettuce, cucumber, mushrooms and for good measure 2litres of milk and a loaf of bread.

All the products were of very good quality and obviously fresh. What great value delivered to my door. The other box in the picture is bird food which cost me more than my own supply.

I set to make a large quantity of vegetable soup. I will struggle to eat all the fruit, certainly will be getting my ‘five-a-day’. When this lot is eaten I will definitely place another order but will have to be more explicit on the volume. I hope that with people like me in the area we go some way to supporting our local businesses, they need all the help they can get.

I’ve previously mentioned I have a daily milk delivery and he will supply eggs as and when needed so I feel less stress about food.

On the subject of deliveries, I had a bit of debacle trying to get prescriptions from my local chemist, part of a national group, so in discussion with my doctor I arranged for another fairly local chemist to supply and deliver my outstanding items. I know everyone is under pressure at the moment but some go out of their way to be helpful.

Sorry about all these minutiae but I suppose we are all focusing on the problems ahead. My heart goes out to any families directly affected by the coronavirus and I express my gratitude to any of you out there on the front line.

On a lighter note, some of you thought I was becoming morose in my last posts so I enclose a link my son sent me to a funny comedian, Stephen Cookson, I’d never heard of before.

One line for Sir Hugh – I’m thinking of switching my energy supplier, from Red Bull to Lucozade.

All the best.


  1. Sandra J

    The fruits and vegetables look so good and from a family run business, I like shopping at those as much as possible. Have a great weekend.

  2. 5000milewalk

    It’s going to be a challenge getting through that delivery! I bought myself a load of fruit the other day to try to get me some vitamins after my cornavirus, but didn’t manage to finish it all. I think my body went into toxic shock – it takes some time to get it used to stuff like that!
    Love the comedian link – “I lost my job as a zookeeper. I didn’t think it was very fair. There were signs everywhere saying “do not feed the animals”….. so I didn’t.”😄

    1. bowlandclimber

      Have you started going out for short walks yet? That will get your appetite going again.
      I’ve just had a pear, an apple and an orange for lunch, couldn’t manage the banana. I will be able to freeze some of the veg but I got to eat the fruit.
      What rhymes with orange? – No it doesn’t

  3. Michael Graeme

    Yes, we’ve struggled with supermarkets. Hopeless. Can’t get a delivery slot at all. Like you we’re turning to our local farm shops, bursting with fresh produce. When this is over we’ll be sticking with them. Don’t know why we didn’t do it before.

      1. Michael Graeme

        Yes, a few people I’ve corresponded with this morning have said something similar, like it’s a chance to press the reset button, then we can pause and think of a better way to live. But the fear is, we’ll go through all this for nothing and this time next year it will be business as usual. Can’t wait to get back out though. My locale isn’t well stocked with inspiring walks.


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