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Andy & Ted Fresh Produce Boxes

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by Mimi V (subscribe)
Mimi V a writer, social media manager, foodie, music lover, and mum, currently residing in Sydney with Mr V, two little Vs and doggy V.
Published December 1st 2012
A delicious alternative to supermarket shopping

Andy and Ted fresh produce specialises in delivery farm-fresh produce straight to your door, from their selection of growers based mostly in Sydney or the surrounds. As well as fruit and vegetables, they also have herbs and spices, and what they call deli items (I would actually say that these are more like pantry staples) such as oils, and canned goods.

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Andy and Ted produce boxes

I've mentally toyed with the idea of fruit and vegetable home delivery for a while now, and have done a bit of research into the matter, although I hadn't heard of Andy and Ted until recently, and was eager to check them out.

The first thing that you notice when you go onto the Andy and Ted website to place an order is how easy it is to navigate. They claim on the site that ordering is "as easy as 1-2-3", and they are right.

The first step is to select the size/price of box you want, from the various options on offer. Depending on what type of box you order, you get to choose a certain number of selections from all the produce available at the time.

Singles box = 6 Selections
Couples box = 10 Selections
Family box = 15 Selections
Jumbo box = Family box, plus extra selections for $3.20

I chose the Family Box, allowing me 15 selections.

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Fresh produce home delivered by Andy and Ted

The next step is to go through and add your selections to your box. There are no restrictions to what you can order, you could have all fruit, or all veggies, or all deli items or spices if you like. More likely is that you'll want a selection of fruit and veg and maybe a few other bits an bobs thrown in. On this occasion, I just selected from the fruit and veg options. The interface is really easy to use, and for each selection, you are told what is included. So for example 1 selection of avocados at the moment is 2 pieces, whereas the apples and potatoes seemed to vary across varieties in terms of the number of pieces that were included in 1 selection. What produce is featured on the website and how many of each item you get per selection is very seasonally driven. In other words, what's available, and in what quantity will depend on what's in season at the time. But every week you get a little email that tells you what's new in season that week, which is great in allowing you to forward plan your order (and your meals) accordingly

As you make your selections, a little counter will show you how many choices you have left to make. You can change your mind as much as you like by deselecting the items you no longer want, or by adjusting the quantities you've inputted.

My choices were:

Apples (Bonza) (5 pieces)
Asparagus (1 bunch) - I got two of these
Avocado (2 pieces)
Bananas (5 pieces)
Broccoli (2 heads)
Buk Choy (2 bunches)
Grapefruit (Ruby Red) (2 pieces)
Onions (Red) (5 pieces)
Peaches (Yellow) (3 pieces)
Snow Peas (0.3 kg)
Strawberries (1 punnet)
Sweet Potatoes (4 pieces)
Tomatoes (5 pieces)
Watermelon (1 half)

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my family box from Andy and Ted fresh produce

That's a pretty decent batch of fruit and veg, and when it arrived in its wooden crate I actually struggled to carry it into the house - it was pretty damned heavy! Once we got it inside we had a good look over it and were overall really pleased with the quantity and quality. The apples were large and firm, the onions peaches and watermelon were nice and sweet, and the snow peas and buk choy were fresh and of good quality. The asparagus was a bit of a surprise as the bunches were bigger than what you normally get in the supermarket. The avocados were large and firm, the kind with the 'silky' flesh, not the horrid mushy ones. Probably the only fruit that I was a bit underwhelmed with was the strawberries - not that they were bad as such, but they didn't last quite as long as I would have hoped, is all.

As I mentioned, I have been thinking of switching to fruit and veg deliveries for a while now, but had always been put off by the element of not choosing the items myself and not browsing the store (it's the same reservation that I have about internet grocery shopping in general) - especially when it comes to picking up special deals. Certainly my concern about the quality of items I might receive was allayed when I saw the box, it all looked so fresh and vital. Some of the doorstep delivery services operate a "surprise" system, where what's in the box is entirely dependent on what's available at the time. Call me a control freak, but I just had visions of receiving a box of custard apples (or some other niche fruit like Tangelos) and swede (which I hate) and being forced to make a meal out of them. Or conversely, that you'd need a certain ingredient for a particular recipe, and still have to go to the supermarket or grocer to get it as it wasn't included in with your weekly batch of custard apples and swedes. I overheard someone say that they had stopped receiving a delivery box (from a different company) because they were getting too many potatoes - not something they used much, and they were starting to get a backlog.

With Andy and Ted's you don't have to worry about any of that because you choose your own items. The availability is affect by what's in season at the time, but you'd be able to get the basics all year around. Seasonality also affect the number items that make up 1 count of certain item. For example, In the height of summer you might get 6 or 7 of a particular kind of apple per selection, but in winter you might only get four of the in that same apple, if it is out of season, and therefore being sold at a higher price.

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Delicious beef fried rice, made with items from my Andy and Ted family produce box

My other worry was that the cost of the boxes and having them delivered would be prohibitive vs just buying the fruit at the grocers or supermarket along with the regular weekly shop. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to stretch a buck, and one of the ways I do this is by buying mostly fruit and veg that's in season, and therefore going at a good price. Much the same principle as Andy and Ted's, but with the boxes you're unable to tell exactly how much you're paying for each item. Andy and Ted say that their boxes represent about a 17% saving on the same items at the supermarket (including supermarket home delivery fees, whereas with Andy and Ted, the delivery is free). I didn't calculate it exactly, but I guess it would also depend on the time of year and the seasonality of the items. However, at $28 for the singles box, $38 for the couples box and $48 for the family box including delivery, it certainly represents comparable cost for better quality produce.

The only other consideration for me is delivery. Like the website interface, the delivery system is super simple. Basically, you need to place your order before midnight on the Thursday, in order to make that week's delivery (Andy and Ted even send you an email reminder each week, just in case you forget), and then all boxes are delivered on the following Saturday. As a busy mum with lots going on at the weekends, having to wait in for a delivery is not ideal, and as we've not really got anywhere shady (or secure) to leave the box, it's not a great option to have it sitting there for long periods if we are not around.

Overall I would say that if you're thinking about moving to a fruit and veg delivery service, then this is certainly one of the better options out there. The selection of produce available is broad and you are free to make your own choices, the produce is of great quality, the website ordering system couldn't be simpler, and Andy and Ted are friendly and peasant to deal with. All in all, a great experience, and one that's got me thinking about making the switch.
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Why? Delicious fresh produce delivered to your door
When: Deliveries take place on Saturdays
Where: Sydney Metro
Cost: $28-$48
Your Comment
Awesome! Might give it a go! I'm really anti Coles and Woolies ATM. Thanks!
by Dale Carn (score: 0|9) 2866 days ago
Great article! Thanks so much for being so detailed as im also a bit of a control nut! Im def considering this service after reading your article (you should get a commission :)
by Salen (score: 1|17) 2865 days ago
You sound just like me! Do they give you a delivery time frame for the Sat?
by jajsh (score: 2|150) 2854 days ago
Why do you have to register before even seeing what's on their site?!
by M_c_v (score: 0|2) 2630 days ago
was a bit annoying having to register then find out they dont delivery in my area, gladesville. Would of definatley given them ago though.
by ckayl (score: 0|7) 2479 days ago
On the website family box is $57 not $48
by mmich (score: 0|2) 2084 days ago
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