#VitalVegAthon 2018

Newsletter 8th January 2018

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year break, and that 2018 is going to be a good year for you and yours!


#VitalVegAthon Challenge 2018

#VitalVegAthon challenge already has over 250 members, and Radio Scotland are coming to interview us about it this week!  This challenge is running throughout January, and there is still time to take part if you have not started already.  It is a bit of fun, and a way to encourage everyone to try and reach daily fruit and veg goals.  Of course we know that Vital Veg customers will do brilliantly in this challenge J But what about your friends, relatives and colleagues?  Only 1 person in 5 in Scotland eats the daily minimum recommended amount of fruit and veg.  Set them a challenge - send them the link to #VitalVegAthon, and help those dear to you get off to a good start in 2018. 

So here’s a reminder of the challenge:

All you need to do is print out the record sheet,


(Click on FILES in the left hand menu) stick it on your fridge and use it to note down the fruit and veg you eat. Then award yourself a BRONZE Medal for each day you eat 3-4 portions of fruit and veg (the minimum needed to start seeing a real improvement in health). You get a SILVER Medal for each day you eat 5 or 6 portions – the NHS’s rather modest target. Get a fabulous GOLD Medal for the days you eat 7 or 8 portions – now your health is REALLY getting a boost! And when you achieve the Optimum 9 or 10 portions, award yourself a splendid PLATINUM Medal! At the end of the month, tot up your daily totals, divide by the number of days to get the average, and award yourself the appropriate overall Medal of the Month!  Good luck, and good health - may the Vital Veg be with you J


New Boxes

The new boxes have arrived – we hope that you like them and find them easier to handle than the plastic liners.  They will significantly reduce our plastic use, which is great.  But they have been a big investment for us, and so we are relying on you to look after them, and to return them every time you get a new delivery, please!  We will be tracking how many journeys the boxes do – let’s try to do as many as possible to make best use of resources.


To wash or not to wash?

We had to harvest the root veg in a sleety, muddy morass on Friday, ahead of the weekend deep-freeze…and boy was it muddy!  So, we have washed the root veg to save exporting our entire stock of valuable soil into your kitchen sink.  Washing is a big undertaking, and it can shorten the “shelf” life of the veg.  But if you do prefer washed veg it is something we can explore. We would certainly like to keep our soil!  Let us know what you think.