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Popular Glasgow veg box service launches crowdfunding campaign

Locavore, on Glasgow's south side, has launched a Crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for larger premises and an electric van.

Published: July 8, 2019
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The organic grocery store and cafe offers a popular weekly fruit and veg box delivery, and hopes the successful Crowdfunding campaign will help expand their customer base thanks to a larger premises in Bellahouston.

The boxes have proven to be so popular that Locavore has had to turn down new customers as they don't have the space for packing up the produce.

The weekly vegetable boxes come in various sizes and offer customers loose, organic, seasonal vegetables.

The service also offers bags of seasonal fruits plus the option to sign up to the store's other food delivery services, which include meat and cheese boxes.

As well as selling organic and seasonal produce, the shop also offers as many plastic free options for produce as possible, such as glass milk bottles refills.

The team also run events and a Good Food fund, which provides produce to charities that help people living in food poverty.

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Managing director, Reuben Chesters said: "Our crowdfunding campaign will help us fit out a new veg box packing shed and put a deposit down on an electric van.

"As you may know we had to stop accepting new vegbox customers early this year because we just did not have enough space to pack the boxes.

"We now have big new shed at Bellahouston where we hope to move our veg box packing very soon. First we need to raise some money to cover the costs of fitting it out and buying a big walk in chill to keep produce fresh.

"We'll also use money raised to put a down payment on an electric van which will allow us to deliver more local organic produce with a smaller still environmental impact."

The crowdfunder finishes on Friday, and with a goal of £10,000, the team still need a few more donations to reach this target.

For those who donate £20 or more, there are a range of rewards including gift vouchers, veg boxes and an invite to the opening event at Bellahouston.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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