The past few weeks have been a little tough for farmers, wholesalers and retailers within the organic industry. Recent weather has affected seasonal availability causing limited lines, increased prices and common staple veg (such as broccoli) nowhere to be seen! So we thought we would take a little moment to explain exactly what goes on behind the scenes here at The Organic Place on market day.
Each Tuesday, we receive the market lists which indicate what fresh produce is expected to be available at the markets on Thursday and at what price. Based on this, we work out what will go into our subscription bags that week. Our main aim is provide our customers with the best value for money; this means a balancing act of weighing up not only cost, but also quality and variety because we think that is just as important!
When we arrive at the markets early on Thursday morning sometimes things may have changed from the market lists we were provided with on Tuesday. Why? Because we are dealing with fresh organic produce, sometimes things can literally change over night. Maybe the weather turned bad and the farmers were unable to pick or transport the produce. Maybe we were planning on putting tomatoes in the bags but when we arrived at the market they just weren’t of great quality so we make a last minute decision to switch them out for something else. Ben does his best to come back with only the best of the best.
Given all of this, you might notice that not only does the type of produce vary from week to week but so does the amount. It is important to us that our customers understand that the value of the fresh produce found in your bag is exactly the same each week. Sometimes it might seem like a little less, sometimes it might seem like more; but the value is always the same. It’s all to do with supply and demand which influences cost price (remember learning about that in economics at school? I do!)
We thank you for trusting us to manage this balancing act for you and take away the stress of having to weigh up options and make endless choices at the supermarket yourself. It is a responsibility we don’t take lightly and always welcome feedback from our community.