The organic revolution has spread its roots in Florence. Here are the home-grown delivery services bringing “bio” to your house.
Embrace sustainable living and support local farmers at the same time. Il Ceppo is a Tuscan enterprise started by two former lab technicians who bring the best seasonal produce from independent growers around Tuscany, Calabria and Sicily. With an ethos based firmly on the principles of healthy eating, respect for the environment and fair trade, the two friends deliver boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, with or without other tantalising natural products of your choice, directly to your home. Delivery is by bike service Ecopony in central Florence; prices begin at 20 euro. www.ilceppo-firenze.it
Respect for the land’s natural balance is at the heart of L’Orto del Borro’s “Bio box” initiative. Organic since 2014 and employing growing techniques designed to protect and maintain the soil, including crop rotation and natural irrigation from the local stream, L’Orto del Borro’s weekly deliveries contain only the finest seasonal produce. Choose between three or five kilos of organic fruit and vegetables, with a side order of organic eggs, delivered to your door. For something extra, treat yourself to the estate’s own honey, olive oil or fine wine. Prices begin at 15 euro. www.ortodelborro.it
Offering an ever-changing online market of fruit and vegetables alongside a wide range of other organic products, Tuscan bottega Toscana Biologica also operates a sustainable home delivery service for anyone living in Florence or Pisa. With products sourced from zero-km companies, the supply of fresh ingredients varies with the seasons and price is calculated according to the weight of each individual shop. What’s more, Toscana Biologica has partnered with bike service Cyclologica to ensure pollution-free delivery to your home. Delivery costs five euro. www.toscanabiologica.it