We are Mike and Emma and together we run The Onion Barge. We deliver fresh organic fruit and vegetables and other wonderful, tasty and eco friendly stuff to boats (and houses) along the canal in London. We love organic fruit and vegetables because they are grown in a sustainable way without nasty synthetic chemical sprays and powders by people who care so much about what they are doing that they have worked for years (and spent loads of money) to get the right certification for their soil. This means that organic fruit and vegetables have more of the minerals and nutrients that your body needs to be super healthy, and the farming practices involved help to improve the quality of our soil and surrounding environment for future generations. We have lots of different sized fruit and veg boxes that you can order from us and you can add other essential store cupboard ingredients and products to your order. We deliver by Narrowboat, moving slowly down the canal, so can deliver straight to your boat or your back garden if it’s on the waterway, or bring your box to you by bicycle if you are near to our route.
We continuously cruised on the London Canal network for five years until a battle with cancer became a marathon rather than a sprint. This ongoing health issue not only gave us the opportunity to settle onto a permanent mooring in Southall but also meant that we had to take a closer look at our diet and lifestyle. The result of this is an increased passion for the core principles of the Onion Barge business:- sustainability, environmental awareness, engagement with community, and a whole lot of fun.
As continuous cruisers we had faced various challenges that go hand in hand with that lifestyle, namely waste disposal and obtaining the quality everyday products that we loved at a reasonable price. A main aim of our business is to provide everyday food and store cupboard essentials with the absolute bare minimum of packaging because we would like to cut waste down to as close to zero as possible, for practical as well as environmental reasons. So we also offer refills where relevant and encourage people to reuse any packaging. We stock bottles and jars for this purpose, but also encourage people to provide and reuse their own containers. We also offer a service to collect our customers’ fruit and veg “waste” so it can be composted (on our allotment) if people do not have the facilities to do this themselves.
We currently deliver on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the London area. One day covers from Bull’s bridge to Paddington on the Paddington arm of the Grand Union canal and including Hanwell in West London. Our second day covers the Regents canal in central London and a lower section of the river Lea, East London. We switch days each week depending on our direction of travel.The Grand Union Canal links London with Birmingham and is the ‘trunk route’ of the UK canal system.
|2 person fruit box (Selection of 4-5 seasonal fruit)||Charcoal Detox Soap Bar||Humble stuff cleaning spray||Organic whole grain fusilli pasta|
|2 person veg box (Selection of 8-9 seasonal vegetables)||Coarse sea salt||If You Care Firelighters pack of 28||Organic whole grain penne pasta|
|A pack of 26 fully compostable solids tank liners||Dark speckled lentils||Kaolin and flowers face mask||Organic whole grain spaghetti|
|Aloe dent sensitive toothpaste||Dates||Kingfisher mint no fluoride toothpaste||Porridge oats|
|Argan Balm||Duchess extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil 250ml bottle||Kingfisher mint toothpaste with fluoride||Rose clay and honey face mask|
|Balancing Salt Scrub||Duchess extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil 250ml refill||Lavender and geranium soap||Rose lip balm|
|Bamboo Toothbrushes (Medium or soft)||Duchess extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil 500ml bottle||Lemon and mint balm||Rude Health organic almond milk 1L|
|Beeswax wraps 1 x small, 1 x medium & 1 x large||Duchess extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil 500ml refill||Maldon flakey sea salt||Sawdust/shavings for composting toilets|
|Beeswax wraps 1x extra large wrap (will wrap a loaf of bread)||E5 roast house whole espresso coffee beans 250g||Multigrain sourdough||Shaving soap lavender and cedar wood|
|Beeswax wraps 2x small and 2x medium wraps||Eco leaf kitchen towel 2 pack||Nairns cracked black pepper oatcakes||Small fruit and veg box|
|Beeswax wraps 3x midi wraps||Eco leaf loo paper 4 pack||Nairns stem ginger biscuits||Small veg box|
|Bio D laundry liquid 1l bottle||Extra virgin organic olive oil (refills only)||Oatly foamable oat milk 1L||Suma organic whole peeled tinned tomatoes|
|Bio D laundry liquid 1l refill||Fine sea salt||Omega seed mix||Suma tinned organic coconut milk|
|Bio D washing up liquid – 750ml bottle||Frankincense + Orange Soap Bar||Organic chickpeas||Three flowers and clay|
|Bio D washing up liquid – 750ml refill||Hackney Wild sourdough||Organic dried apricots||Veg box and fruit box together|
|Bio D washing up liquid 750ml refill||Herbal Balm||Organic dried figs||Whole almonds|
|Biona cider vinegar (refills only)||Himalayan Salt Soap Bar||Organic red lentils||Wild Sage & Co Shampoo Bar with Rosemary + Lavender|
|Biona Mild Coconut Oil Cuisine 470ml jar||Horsenden farm honey 12oz jar||Organic tomato purée||Wildes Cheese|
|Black peppercorns||Humble stuff cleaning paste||Organic whole grain basmati rice|