Home Delivery Farmers’ Market – Bonativo:
Like most people these days, much of my grocery shopping is sourced from supermarkets. Despite the fact that I live in London, relatively close to Borough Market, the convenience of the local Morrisons outweighs my desire to buy from independents or directly from the farmer via Farmers’ Markets. It affects what I buy and to a certain extent how I cook. In London, really, I have no excuse. Especially with the introduction of services like Bonativo that let you order Farmers’ Market type produce online and have the goods delivered to your door.
I was invited to test the new home delivery service from Bonativo, which aims to provide ‘Farmers’ Market’ produce directly to your home. And, I indulged myself just a little! Everything on the site is ‘sourced’ so it feels a bit like walking round a farmers’ market. Of course, what you do miss is actually being able to try things, though regular use could help with that, especially as I was sent a free sample to try of something new (a spice rub, which I haven’t actually had a chance to check out yet.
The site was relatively easy to use and quite comprehensive. I could find plenty of things that I wanted to order and for the most part I was impressed that I could buy ‘small’ portions. At the end, there’s an offer to pay by credit card or paypal
That included a pack of three small rum infused Canele from Yvonne and Guite which disappeared with a cup of coffee before I had a chance to photograph the delivery. I also bought Hodmedod’s roasted fava beans, Peter’s Yard crispbreads, Ted’s Veg Fennel and Celery, Wells Farm Red Hereford Fillet Steak, Squid Ink Tagliatelle from the Artisan Pasta Company a small Rosary, Garlic and Herb Goats Cheese button and butter and creme fraiche from Longley Farm.
My idea was to cook up some of the products into a meal or two. A steak dinner seemed in order and I can safely report that the Hereford Fillet Steak from Wells Farm was superb. I didn’t try to buy ‘complete’ meals from Bonativo – so some of the ingredients for each dish I cooked were already in my store cupboard or fridge. But, one of the benefits of an online service is that you CAN check to see if you have green peppercorns when you order your steak, or what vegetables are already in your fridge.
I also used some of the fish I was sent recently from Delish Fish to pair with the fennel and make a delicious fennel and salmon one pan supper.
Of the ‘small things’ to eat, I have tried and loved the Hodmedod’s roasted fava beans, which would make a great substitute for salted nuts.
And, I’ve tried making popcorn, with mixed success. I’m looking for a microwave air popper in my next Christmas stocking because I am WAY too impatient when I’m making popcorn in a saucepan and usually end up spraying the room. Nevertheless I really enjoyed my taster of
The Canele were lovely but perhaps suffered from being so small, which made a slightly dryer sponge than I would have liked.
Much the biggest surprise for me was how much I enjoyed the dairy products from Longley Farm. The creme fraiche was thick and buttery, almost like a clotted cream. When I used it to make a green peppercorn sauce for my steak it was perfect, but it worked equally well dolloped on a chocolate brownie.
So, was the service good value? Like all things, it depends on your personal circumstances. Here in Kennington I haven’t yet found a local Farmers’ market. Borough Market, one of London’s largest food markets is close, but not quite close enough to walk. And, if I want to buy the kind of things that I got in my Bonativo delivery, I have to travel. It’s hard to get a comparison of prices. This kind of food isn’t ‘supermarket offer’ pricing. But, it’s definitely not overpriced for deli style shopping and of course it does save on fares since delivery is free for orders over £30.
For more information check the Bonativo site.
Disclaimer: I was offered a gift voucher to experience the Bonativo service. I was not required to write a review and all comments are editorially given