What is a Sprouts Box?

The Sprouts Box initiative is a weekly subscription to fresh, local and organic BC-grown produce. We offer these subscription boxes to not only make healthy and sustainably produced food affordable/accessible to the UBC community, but also to support local food producers.

New Subscriptions are closed for this semester. Check back next fall!


How does it work?

Every Tuesday 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 12:00 p.m., the boxes are ready for pick up in the Sprouts Cafe. You will check in at the cashier and we will pull your subscription box from our fridge. Please insure to bring multiple reusable bags to carry the contents of your box home with you.  


How do i pay?

1) CASH OR CHEQUE (no fee) 2) CREDIT/DEBIT CARD * 3) ONLINE *

*There is a 3% fee for all card transactions through Square.

Prices (10 weeks): Small Box Subscription: $200. Large Box Subscription: $250.

If you’re paying with cash, cheque or credit/debit card in person, please email us at sproutsbox@ubcsprouts.ca to reserve a box size. We will follow up with available times to arrange in-person-payments. Make sure that these direct payments are made before the January 17th deadline at 5pm. You will not to able to pick up your first box until the full subscription payment is made.

If you have any questions, please contact sproutsbox@ubcsprouts.ca or one of the coordinators: Patricia Li: 604-802-7437 Olivia Bird: 604-562-1418

Volunteers receive a 15% discount on their Sprouts Box payment. If you are a volunteer, contact us with the details of your Sprouts volunteer shift, and we can apply the discount from there.


Do they normally sell out?

Yes, these usually sell out. This year we are capping the number of boxes at 65.

What's in it?

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.

All Sprouts Box subscribers will also receive a virtual newsletter that includes news and updates from Sprouts, a summary of the box contents/where every product come from, storage tips and some fun recipe ideas. This will be a reminder email, sent the night before Tuesday pick-ups!


When is pick up?

Pick up is every Tuesday in the new Sprouts Cafe from 12-5 pm (in the basement of the UBC Life Building). If you are unable to pick up at this time, please arrange for a friend or roommate to grab it. Let the Coordinators know in advance who will be picking up your box upon your behalf


How much is in it?

A small box is recommended for households of 1-3 people. The exact content varies from week to week. A large box, recommended for households of 2-4 people, contains the same fruits and vegetables as a small box, but in larger quantity. The small box is exactly 75% of the quantity/weight of what is in a large box.


Do pick ups run the week of reading break?

No, there will not be any Sprouts Boxes to be picked up on February 19th.