Corona Virus Update

Last updated: 1 April 2020

 

These last few weeks have brought much uncertainty and disruption to daily life, but we’d like to reassure all of our veg scheme customers that our work will continue, ensuring weekly access to organic, fresh produce for our community as well as support for local food growers. 

However, due to increased demand, lack of staffing and resources, we've had to temporarily stop accepting new customers. We will review this from week to week, as the situation is constantly changing. If you wznt to join our waiting list to be contacted once we reopen for new customers email veg@cropdrop.co.uk with your name and preferred drop point, and we'll get back to you. Please also keep checking back and join our newsletter mailing list to get up to date info.

 

Drop Points

We’re working hard to ensure any disruption is minimal, and that collection arrangements enable social distancing. Some of our Drop Points have closed or have changed their opening hours.

So far the changes to Drop Points are:

Wolves Lane - temporarily closed

We've had to deliver all Wolves Lane customers bag to Blue House Yard this week as the Cemetary, which we share the drive with, have decided to lock the gates for the foreseeable future due to corona virus. We're working to find an alternitive location in the area for next week. All Wolves Lane customers have been emailed with details of how to collect from Blue House Yard.

 

Middle Lane Market - reduced hours

Open 11:00 - 16:00 but with some different measures in place - they're requesting if people are ill not to come into the shop, and all visitors to wash their hands when they enter the shop. Theyr'e still selling other food, if you want to top up on your fruit & veg, but only taking card payments and limiting the number of people in the shop at one time.

If anyone wants to add anything fro their shop to their veg bag, they just need to do so by the day before, through their webshop here: www.middlelanemarket.com

They're doing free deliveries in N8 (minimum spend £40) and if anyone would like them to bring their veg too they are happy to do so. There will most likely be done Friday afternoon.

 

 

Music & Beans - closed

We are diverting current customers to alternitive drop points. Please look out ofr an email from Wendy with further details.

 

Craving Coffee - closed

We've diverted current customers to alternitive drop points.  Look out for an email with more info.

 

Shine Cafe - closed

We're delivering your bags to Blue House Yard instead. Look out for an email with more info.

 

Beehive Pub - closed

The staff at the Beehive have made themselves available to let Crop Droppers in during the following reduced hours:

Thursday 5 - 7pm

Saturday 12 - 3pm

 

Blighty Coffee - Closed

We are currently investigating alternitive locations to for current Blighty customers to collect from. All customers have been emailed to ask to choose an alternative drop point.

 

Deli@80 - reduced hours

You can collect between 11am and 1pm on Thurs. We'll text all customers when the bags have been dropped.

All other days: 10am - 1pm

 

Blend - closed

We are contacting current customers to alternitive locations for them to collect.

 

Delivery times

Our deliveries may slow down in the coming weeks – staff shortages at Crop Drop and with our suppliers may mean it takes longer to pack the bags. We’ll keep you informed if pick-up times change.

 

Could you help your neighbours?

We would like to offer any customers who are ill or in isolation because of COVID-19 a way to still receive their bags without risking their health. We hope to connect you with other Crop Droppers in your area that might be able to drop your bags off for you. If you're on Facebook, join our facebook group where you can start organising among yourselves. We do not advise any unnecessary interactions, but simply placing a bag of veg at a front gate, door or garden for a housebound person to collect later. Again, please use the guidelines set forth by the health services and your best judgment before contacting us.

If you're not on facebook then get in touch with us on veg@cropdrop.co.uk and we'll do our best to get our produce to you or connect you with your fellow Corp Droppers.

 

Staff and volunteer shortages

We are experiencing staff and volunteer shortages at the moment – being a very small team already! If you're free and healthy and want to help out on the Wednesday, we'd really appreciate it! Contact wendy@cropdrop.co.uk if you'd like to help.

 

Staying safe and healthy

We're stepping up our hygiene practices with increased sanitising and hand-washing for all staff and volunteers, as well as asking anyone exhibiting symptoms to stay home.

Official guidance currently states: “Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety.” We also remind you to thoroughly wash your fruit and veg when you get it home.

 

Keeping you fed

As long as there's still food growing and farmers delivering, we will keep running the box scheme. Growing and sharing food through community networks is more vital than ever and we want you to still be able to eat the most nutritious food in town!

Your Crop Drop team is small, but hard working and committed to the communities it serves. Due to increased workload we may not be able to respond to you immidiately but we will make sure you receive all the info you need of any changes that affect you.