Milton Keynes Veg Boxes- An Experience With Us Through Lockdown

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Recently I looked back at all that has been achieved and began to question other experiences of using a new company that was set up in such an unusual situation. I reached out to some of our customers who have been with us right from the start and asked them if they wanted to share their own journey of our Milton Keynes veg box service through a pandemic.

The First Boxes

This was the first reply.

TS Eliot said April is the cruellest month – for us it was March.  We were hit by a perfect storm.  My wife had incurable lung cancer and so – as a result of the emerging COVID-19 crisis – was told to shield indefinitely.  And that meant me, too.  No more trips to the market.  House arrest. 

We have a large vegetable garden, but I was not able to tend it, and – in any case – I had not done the usual winter planting as I was looking after my wife. 

The world closed down due to Covid-19.

As luck would have it, and luck is in very short supply here, I came across Molly’s Pantry who were building a local delivery service for vegetable boxes.  Initially, we ordered from Molly’s Pantry through Facebook Messenger, and paid via BACS. 

The boxes were extremely competitively priced and contained everything we liked.  We do not eat meat, so fruit and vegetables are hugely – if not vitally – important to us.

Selection of produce from Molly’s Pantry Milton Keynes.

The quality of the produce was, and is, outstanding.  I could feed a hungry family without effort for a week.  We loved the fact this was local produce with a history and a story.  We were hugely grateful to Jolyon (and occasionally a small helper) who delivered our box with a smile every week for three long months.  Our neighbours saw the quality of the produce and promptly put in an order.

A Fruit Basket From Molly’s Pantry Milton Keynes.

One of the many things that is so good about Molly’s Pantry is their flexibility and can-do attitude.

If someone missed the deadline for placing an order, they would bend over backwards to make sure the food was delivered.  Their customer service puts others to shame; they worked long hours from little reward (and still do), but boy, were they appreciated.

They somehow found time to build a website that made ordering easier and more flexible, with a variety of locally sourced fruit and vegetables and a growing range of other much-needed supplies. 

A selection of Milton Keynes Produce from Molly’s Pantry.

The website is here: https://www.mollyspantry.co.uk

            Sadly, at the end of May I lost my wife and my children lost their beloved mother after a hugely courageous fight against cancer.  I am so grateful that we managed to keep her fed with her favourite things right to the end.

Dahlia

            Molly’s Pantry then took on a physical presence when they opened their shop at 111 Buckingham Rd, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 5HZ.  The shop is a joy.  It is small, but well-laid out, with boxes of beautiful produce whose quality is top-class. 

The first week of the shop in Bletchly, Milton Keynes.

The Pantry also sells all manner of other items that are carefully selected for their eco and ethical credentials – check out the website.  They also roped in the fabulous Starship robots so deliveries can and are loaded into the little trucks that then trundle off to make somebody’s life a little better and certainly easier.

Starship Milton Keynes @Mollyspantry

And in the midst of Wave Two of COVID-19, when the government decided not to give school meals for disadvantaged children in their holidays, Molly’s Pantry took it upon themselves to organise fruit and vegetable boxes free of charge for those who most needed them. 

Except they were not free. 

Molly’s Pantry underwrote the costs along with generous donations from the community appalled by government policy towards those who most need protection. 

Boxes of the best quality Veg going out to a childrens’ centre in Milton Keynes.

This is not a small corner shop.  This is a social enterprise with a beating heart, and a conscience and they deserve our support. 

Go and buy.

Please.  You will not regret it.

We believe in community.

2 Comments

Yvonne Riggs · October 29, 2020 at 4:43 pm

Molly’s Pantry has been amazing through lockdown and beyond. Delicious fresh fruit and veg delivered safely and with excellent, friendly service, right to your doorstep. It is hugely helpful to my mother that continues to shield and the new shop is my daughter’s ‘fave place’ to shop.

Yvonne Riggs · October 29, 2020 at 5:12 pm

We used Molly’s Pantry delivery service through lockdown. Fresh fruit and veg delivered straight to your door with a friendly service. Fantastic! We enjoyed exploring new veg to us. The delivery service continues to be amazing for my mother that continues to shield and the new shop is my daughter’s ‘fave place to buy food.’ We really recommend this local and unique family business.

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