Corona Virus Update
Last updated: 21st May 2020
These last couple of months 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.
Good news! We are now accepting new customers. We do have limited space at drop points, as many of our current locations are closed or full, but here's a list of drop points which are available to collect from:
Hale Village (Waterside Way, N17)
Blue House Yard (River Park Rd, N22)
Tottenham Green (Town Hall Approach, N15)
The Beehive Pub (Stoneleigh Rd, N17)
Finsbury Park (Endymion Rd, N4)
Deli@80 (Stroud Green Rd, N4)
St. Cuthbert's Church (Wolves Lane, N22)
If you'd rather wait for a drop point that is not yet available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our waiting list. You can also keep checking back and join our newsletter mailing list to get up to date info.
We’re working hard to ensure any disruption is minimal, and that collection arrangements enable social distancing. We request that all customers collecting from drop points are careful to maintain a 2M distance with other customers and members of the public. 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 cemetery, which we share the drive with, have decided to lock the gates for the foreseeable future due to corona virus. We have an alternative location in the area - St Cuthbert's Church, please see details below. All Wolves Lane customers have been emailed with details.
St Cuthbert's Church - temporary
The church has very kindly allowed us to put a shed in the gardens of the church grounds whilst our Wolves Lane shed is not in use.
Middle Lane Market - reduced hours
Crop Drop collection times:
Thursdays: 2pm - 4pm
Friday - Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
The shop is open 12:00pm - 4.00pm Thurs-Sun, but with some different measures in place - visitors to the shop will be met at the entrance and goods may be passed to them over the threshold.
They are offering Click & Collect - if anyone wants to add anything from 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. This will most likely be done Friday afternoon.
Music & Beans - closed
We are diverting current customers to alternitive drop points. Please look out for 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 have an alternative location to for current Blighty customers to collect from - Finsbury Park, please see details below. All customers have been emailed to ask to choose an alternative drop point.
Finsbury Park - temporary
We have two sheds at the entrance of Finsbury park on Endymion Rd whilst the cafes along Green Lanes and N4 area are closed during lockdown.
Deli@80 - Extended hours
You can collect between 2pm and 7pm on Thurs.
All other days: 9am - 7pm (except Sun & Mon closing 6pm)
Hornsey Vale Community Centre - Extended hours
You can now collect some bags a day early, the gates will be open during the following hours:
Weds 3 - 7pm: Collection for Standard and Standard no potatoes bags (plus fruit) only
Thurs 1pm - 7pm: all the rest of the bags available to collect
Friday 8am - 7pm: all the rest of the bags available to collect
Blend - closed
Customers have been temporarily moved to other drop points nearby, until lockdown restrictions change.
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 email@example.com and we'll do our best to get our produce to you or connect you with your fellow Crop Droppers.
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 immediately but we will make sure you receive all the info you need of any changes that affect you.