Organic veg box schemes are a great way to support your local farmers, while getting good local produce (with no plastic packaging) at the same time. Just find a local farmer who grows local food, the sign up. You can usually have a few try-outs before you subscribe to weekly or fortnightly boxes. Once signed up, you can usually say any dislikes (in case you don’t like Brussels sprouts!) and you’ll get a sub. But overall the boxes are surprises, as obviously it’s designed to use up whatever’s in season. Find an organic veg box scheme.
You can postpone orders for holidays, and then just pick up when you get back. Some areas run community-supported-agriculture schemes. These work by paying the farmer in advance. It’s a slight risk (in case the harvest fails). But then the farmer can get on with what he or she does best – growing food. Rather than worrying about selling to the highest-bidding supermarket. At the end of the season, you simply turn up and collect your food! Often the farms let children visit and it turns into a ‘day to see where your food grows’, often with wassailing events and more. Find or start a CSA scheme.