Azora Co-op’s Veg Box Scheme2019-08-12T13:49:57+01:00

Azora Co-op’s Veg Box Scheme

1. How This Works

We sell pre-packed tasty, fresh organic fruit, vegetables & bread from our community farm on Edentrillick Hill, Hillsborough.

When you sign up for a veg, fruit or bread subscription you can collect them weekly or fortnightly depending on your preference. The content of your order will vary seasonally giving you a fresh variety of different flavours, nutrients, textures and colours throughout the year.

You can also go to your own account page and cancel or suspend an active subscription, reactivate, resubscribe, pay for a renewal order, change the payment method, change address etc.

When you subscribe you can also choose to have a range of other products added to your order each week or fortnight, and you can change it as you go by contacting us and we will amend your subscription accordingly.

PLEASE CHECK OUR FAQs BELOW AS THEY WILL LIKELY ANSWER MOST OF YOUR QUESTIONS!

2. How To Find Us

You can collect your delicious veg box subscription at Azora Co-operative, 5 Edentrillick Hill, Hillsborough BT26 6PQ  (Contact Us  if you need directions).

4. Why try an AZORA subscription?

Medium or large. Weekly or fortnightly. With or without potatoes. The only thing that isn’t flexible about our veg boxes is being 100% organic, always.

SEASONAL

The freshest varieties, changing every week.

FLEXIBLE ORDERING

Add to, pause or cancel your order to suit you.

100% ORGANIC

Not ‘when possible’, but all the time.

GREAT VALUE

Averages cheaper than supermarket organic veg*.

About Azora Co-operative

At AZORA we are building a unique community co-op based on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) principles to reduce prices and increase online buying power on a large range of ethical products exclusively for the health and wellbeing of our community.

We are building a community and physical hub with a focus on growing and selling organic fruit and veg incorporating a farm shop, practical workshops and education, building links with artisan growers and producers. Allotments and a community garden will enhance the organic experience and be available for all.

5. Hear from other happy customers!

Very tasty fruit and veg. We can taste the difference and feel good about the sustainable methods of production. Win win.
Gillian, Culcavy

The quality of the vegetables from Azora is first class. It’s always exciting getting the boxes delivered. The weekly deliveries pushes me to think up ways of using the veg so that nothing goes to waste.

Des, Hillsborough
Warm welcome, great organic produce and terrific coffee – what’s not to like???
Hilary, Hillsborough

My delivery of fruit and veg, and other food like bread and milk are always really great quality, fresh, and delicious. I am so glad I started getting organic boxes. It’s really flexible in terms of what you get and when, comes in minimal and recycle-able or reusable packaging, and I feel like I’m helping the environment and my family’s health.

Susan, Lisburn

What a great idea, fresh organic fruit and veg to your door. What’s not to like. I’ve known Varin and the team at Azora since they opened their healthfood shop in Hillsborough. They are hard working decent people trying to change how we buy and how we eat. Great to see the birth of a sustainable, transparent and resilient local food system.

William, Hillsborough

They’re great. Friendly veg person and great customer service when I had issues an odd one or two of the fruit I get in the fruit bag has been off but I’m really pleased with them overall.

Clare, Dromore

It’s a wonderful way to bring community together, encourage health and local produce. Always a pleasure to help all these kinds of projects. Thank you for receiving and working with this. Blessings to you and the coop.

Labhaoise, Dublin

6. Frequently Asked Questions

We have answered a few of the most common questions from new and existing customers below. If your query isn’t one of these please do get in touch – we’re always here to lend a helping hand!

What if I’m going on holiday?2019-03-12T17:34:26+01:00

If you are going on holiday you can pause your order online a couple of working days before your delivery day or by phone or email to your veg driver by 5pm two working days before delivery. If you are pausing your order online, sign in to your account then choose “pause”.

What does organic mean?2019-03-12T17:16:10+01:00

The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says: ‘Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.

Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. Instead, the agricultural systems rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control’.

We see organic as going beyond this dry definition – it’s about working with nature rather than against it, ensuring the way we grow and operate is sustainable in every way.

Is there an order deadline?2019-03-12T19:36:13+01:00

You can place a subscription at any time. However, we process payments on a Thursdays so that we can plan our veg boxes for the following week. This means that all subscriptions after our payment processing period will push your subscription into the next delivery cycle.

So new subscriptions on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday will be processed on Thursday. Your first delivery will then be the following week. (We plan to make this easier to understands as we go along!)

Is organic agriculture better for the environment?2019-03-12T21:27:57+01:00

Almost certainly the answer is yes.

Organic farming:

  • promotes biodiversity in the soil, the fields, and in the hedgerows
  • uses less energy per kg of food produced – organic famers don’t use synthetic nitrogen fertiliser that uses huge amounts of fossil fuels to manufacture
  • avoids pollution from pesticides & fertilisers
  • carbon sequestration removes CO2 from the atmosphere and accumulates it as increased levels of organic matter in the soil
  • doesn’t use GM genetically modified crops

It’s often said that organic farming uses more land to produce the same amount of food and therefore increases pressure to clear forest for agriculture. In simplistic terms this is true in developed countries with highly mechanised monoculture cropping systems. It’s NOT TRUE of developing countries where complex, integrated organic farming systems using local knowledge and inputs can be many times more productive than monocultures dependent on imported chemical inputs.

Within the developed world simple calculations take no account of energy used to make nitrogen. If this energy had to be produced sustainably, for instance from biofuels, organic farming would often be more productive.

Is everything organic?2019-03-12T20:56:51+01:00

Yes. We grow our own organic produce from organic seeds, propagated on organic compost, and grown in pesticide free organic soil. So we do everything we can to ensure you can be confident in what you get from us is fully organic.

We also source some of our products from trusted partners and growers who are equally assiduous in their efforts to be completely organic.

This is of utmost importance to us.

Is all your packaging re-usable and recyclable?2019-03-12T20:44:23+01:00

We always try to minimise packaging, use re-usable boxes, and only use bags and punnets where necessary to maintain moisture (eg. greens) or protect the product. Like everyone, we can always do better. If you have any suggestion for how we can improve in this regard, please let us know!

How do I pay for my order?2019-03-12T21:33:50+01:00

You will be prompted to provide your payment information when you checkout. This card will then be used to pay for all subscriptions that you place both now and in the future.

For your first subscription, payment is taken on a Thursday and each Thursday before your next delivery. We’ll send you a receipt by email when any payment is taken.

If you haven’t set up your payment information yet, or you want to change your payment card, please sign in to your account and click on ‘Payment methods’.

How do I know my order has been confirmed?2019-03-12T20:04:15+01:00

When you place your order you will get several emails from us to confirm your order in detail and to give you login details for your account. We may also try to call you to confirm anything we are unsure about on your order such as where to leave it if you are not in when we call.

Each week of your delivery you will get an email to confirm when you will get it.

Can I choose what comes in my fruit & veg box?2019-03-12T21:11:54+01:00

We’d love to be able to say yes, but unfortunately no for several very good reasons.

To make sure we are growing the right fruit and veg at the right time we have to plan months in advance. And with multiple customer orders and deliveries each week we have limited time to put our boxes together to ensure they arrive with you in the best possible condition.

You can add a note when checking out on any particular hates or dietary requirements and we will do our best to make sure your order is appropriate. Or you can contact us and we can place a note on your account for you.

Am I tied into a contract?2019-03-12T19:56:06+01:00

In general, no. Our veg boxes are recurring on a weekly and fortnightly basis and you can pause/suspend or cancel your subscription at any time.

The only exception to this is if we create a product subscription for a fixed period e.g. “a fortnightly coffee bean subscription for six months paid in advance”. It will be clear on the product page, basket, and checkout page. It will also be outlined on any emails you get from us and on your account page.