What is a Sprouts Box?

Sprouts Boxes are local and organic produce delivered to your door. We have teamed up with the Bike Kitchen to bring you seasonal vegetable from British Columbia and Northern Washington at an affordable price.

Through many initiatives, Sprouts has endeavored to make healthy, sustainably produced food affordable and accessible to the UBC community. We’re offering The Sprouts Box to further pursue this goal, and support local food producers practicing sustainable farming.

How does a Sprouts Box work?

Every Monday after the Sprouts Box coordinators receive their produce, Sprouts Box volunteers help to organize the fruits and vegetables according to weight and quantity. The produce is then distributed between all of the Sprouts Boxes by box size. When this is finished, usually around 2:00 p.m., the boxes for pick up are moved into Sprouts Café to await you, and the boxes for delivery are brought to the Bike Kitchen to be loaded onto our trailer bikes. Biking volunteers then deliver the produce-packed boxes right to your door (provided you live on UBC campus)!

When the bike volunteers are delivering boxes, they also collect your previous week’s box. All you need to do is leave it (empty) where your box gets delivered, and we’ll pick it up for you. If you do not feel comfortable leaving your box, or you don’t get your box delivered, you can drop the empty box off at Sprouts during café hours (9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).

What’s in a Sprouts Box?

Sprouts Boxes come with assorted local, seasonal produce such as apples, pears, beets, carrots, radishes, mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, celeriac, leeks, sunchokes, sprouts, herbs, parsnips, and winter squash. The boxes aren’t customizable, but we offer the option of two sizes so that you can receive the amount of food that’s appropriate for your home.

A box contains assorted fruits and vegetables (all local and organic, of course). A small box is recommended for households of 1-3 people. The exact content varies from week to week, but as an example, it might contain: 2lb cabbage, 2lb onions, 1 box of alfalfa sprouts, 1lb sunchokes, 2lb apples, 1lb pears. A large box, recommended for households of 2-4 people, contains the same fruits and vegetables as a small box, but in larger quantity.

All subscribers also receive a “paperless” weekly newsletter that includes news and updates from Sprouts, a price breakdown of the produce they’ve received that week, and a recipe that features a few of those items.

How Much Does it Cost?

Small boxes are $180 and large boxes are $225 for seven weeks. Subscriptions require that students pay up front before deliveries begin and we are no longer asking for a box deposit.

The first boxes will go out Monday the 22nd, and the deliveries run until the last week of classes.

Note: There will be no deliveries the week of Thanksgiving (October 13th).

How Do You Sign Up?

We are now offering an online payment option through http://sprouts.rezgo.com. This online service accepts Visa or Mastercard payments.

You can also reserve a sprouts box through Rezgo and pay by cash or cheque in store.

Please click the cash or cheque option during the final billing process. You will receive notification that your payment is pending. Cheques can be made out to the UBC Alma Mater Society. You can come into Sprouts Café any time between 9am and 4pm with cash or cheque and sign up with one of our lovely volunteers. We have forms made up, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail of your subscription within a week.

Note: We have set a cap for the number of subscribers we’re accepting this semester so if you are interested in getting a Sprouts Box it is recommended that you subscribe sooner rather than later.

Send any questions or comments to sproutsbox@ubcsprouts.ca