Terms & Conditions
Backyard Bounty Vegie Box Terms and Conditions
Our commitment to you:
- Our core promise to you is that all items included in your box will come from Tasmanian growers. We make choices on what goes in your box based upon quality, freshness, value, seasonality and local availability, and variety. We buy from a wide range of Tasmanian growers with a wide variety of growing practices that reflect the wide variety of produce they grow. If chemical inputs are a key factor in your purchasing decisions, we recommend our $35 organic box, which only contains items grown in broad accordance with Australian Certified Organic’s guidelines on inputs. (Certified organic produce is given preference when available, but many organic growers in Tasmania are small-scale and can’t afford this.)
- We endeavour to include home-grown produce as often as possible. We will publish a list on our page each week listing the items included in the box and detailing their provenance.
- All produce is fresh at the time of packing. However, not all types of produce have the same shelf-life, or need the same storage conditions. All berries and sprouts should be refrigerated immediately, and potatoes and onions should be stored in a dark, cool and dry place. Some types of fresh herb, including coriander, can have their shelf-life dramatically increased by wrapping in a damp towel or cloth and storing in the fridge, or storing in an airtight cliplock bag. If you are not home for delivery, we recommend leaving out an esky for the driver to unpack your produce into, especially during the warmer months of the year.
- You may nominate exclusions, i.e. items you do not wish to have included in your box; that item will be replaced by an item of equivalent value of our choosing if it is to be included in a week’s box. Please note that large numbers of exclusions may reduce the interest and variety of your boxes, and also may require items to be doubled within your box. Box types that already include a restricted range of produce (e.g. the organic box) have set limits on the number of items or categories of items that can be excluded.
- If you wish to know in advance what items will be included in a week’s box for meal planning purposes, we operate a separate mailing list which will give you this information; if you opt to be on this “spoiler list” please note you will receive this each week regardless of whether you are to receive a box that week. We reserve the right to change the contents of the box if required, as availability and quality of produce can at times be unpredictable and variable.
- We publish recipes on our website and facebook page, and also share ideas for cooking with each week’s items; we encourage vegie box customers to share their own photos and recipes on our facebook page also. We aim to include less familiar items in a week’s recipes to assist those who may not be familiar or confident with cooking that item.
- Backyard Bounty products included periodically in boxes follow the same principles outlined for the boxes: home-grown and chemical free produce where possible, no artificial additives, and in addition all are gluten free and almost all are vegan.
- We want our vegie box customers to enjoy the experience, and to look forward to an exciting box of delicious surprises each week. We appreciate and will consider all feedback; however, individual requests may not be possible to accommodate. Feel free to email us with suggestions.
We offer a variety of box types, and you may also select from a list of available add-ons; you will find more information about the various options here. We pack boxes every week of the year for delivery and collection on Friday, with the exception of Christmas week and the first part of January. Requests for exclusions must be made at the time of ordering. Exclusions will be added to the customer’s file and apply to all future orders unless the customer requests to have them removed or changed; changes must be made at least four days in advance of the first box they will apply to.
Orders (see below) may be made at any time, but must be made with at least four days working notice; in other words, orders for each Friday’s boxes close Monday COB. Late orders placed after this time will be cross-referenced against any late cancellations on Wednesday, at which time you will receive a reply indicating whether your order will be possible.
We offer three modes of ordering:
- Casual/trial – simply email us every time you’d like a box, listing the chosen date, the type of box and any add-ons you’d also like with your order. If you’re ordering for the first time, we’ll also need an address for delivery (which is normally $5 but is free with your first box) unless you’re picking up on Friday evening from us in New Town. (Your email address will be added to our mailing list when you first enquire about ordering, and will remain on that list until you request to have it removed.
- In reply to our monthly invitation – customers on the mailing list will receive an email towards the end of a month seeking orders for the following month; customers may order boxes (and add-ons) on any or all of the available dates. This information will also be posted on our website and facebook page when orders are open for a given month.
- Subscription – you may opt for an ongoing weekly, fortnightly or monthly subscription. We will automatically invoice you for each month, based on the subscription pattern, in the last week of the preceding month. You may then reply to the email with your invoice requesting changes to the order as listed in the invoice (for instance, if you want to cancel dates for a holiday or revise your add-ons). This option allows as much flexibility as options a) and b), but does work best for customers with fairly consistent requirements. Terms for changing the order are spelt out in your monthly subscription invoice email. Please note that each invoice represents a one month period of your requested ongoing (i.e. infinite) subscription, and therefore unless you reply to this email that month’s order will go ahead as stated in the invoice, and you will be liable for the full cost of this order, regardless of whether you wish to receive it or not. Discontinuing is a simple matter of replying to the email (allowing at least four days working notice) to ask to cancel the month’s order and ongoing subscription.
Whichever mode of ordering you choose to use, you will receive an invoice by email that acts both as a prompt for payment and an itemised summary of your order. If your invoice does not accurately reflect what you have ordered, please reply as soon as possible with an indication of what the errors are, and we’ll rectify your order in our records (if required) and email a new, corrected invoice. The invoice acts as a binding record of the agreement of the details of the order between Backyard Bounty and the customer, and it is the responsibility of the customer to check that this is correct before payment, and let us know of any changes that are required.
Until you receive an invoice, your order is not confirmed. Most requests for orders are processed within three days, but sometimes greater delays will be experienced, especially from Tuesday-Friday each week.
Once your order is made and your invoice has been received, the order is subject to our cancellation policy:
- Cancellation of any order must be made by email at least four working days in advance (i.e. by COB on Monday of the relevant week.)
- If cancellation is not made with sufficient notice, your request for cancellation will be cross-referenced against any late orders, and you will receive a reply on Wednesday indicating whether your cancellation will be possible. (We will endeavour to honour late cancellations in case of emergency; a brief indication of why you’re cancelling may assist.)
- If your late cancellation is not approved, no refund or credit will be provided.
- If payment has already been made, the full value of an approved cancellation will be credited to your next order. If payment has not been made, you will receive an updated invoice for that month reflecting the change to the order.
We operate on a monthly invoice system. If you choose to order casually, each additional order within the calendar month will be added to that month’s invoice. At the end of the month, all payments you have made are required to add up to the total shown on the invoice; you may pay the total in one payment, or pay in installments (e.g. weekly). Cash payments are only accepted from pick-up customers only.
Payment of your invoice in full is required prior to the last Friday of the calendar month; reminders will be issued in the week preceding this, by email only. If payment is not made by this time future orders may be refused, and ongoing subscriptions will be suspended, and then discontinued if payment is not forthcoming. We reserve the right to take legal action to recover payments not made, including payment for orders not cancelled within the terms of our cancellation policy.
Payment in full in advance of the first order listed on your monthly invoice is preferred; we pay all growers within 7 days of receiving produce, and late payments can create issues with the cash-flow required to achieve this.
If any items in your box are not of a fit standard for consumption, please email us immediately, with accompanying photographic evidence. Backyard Bounty will either refund the value (as defined by Backyard Bounty) of spoiled items only by providing credit for future orders or offer an equivalent value replacement item in a future box; Backyard Bounty reserves the right to decide which of these two options is offered. As many items included in the boxes are highly perishable when stored incorrectly, quality disputes must be received no later than midnight on the Saturday immediately following collection or delivery. (We will, at our discretion, hold boxes for pick-up for customers who aren’t able to collect their box on Friday evening, but please note that the above point means that spoiled items in boxes collected later than Saturday are not eligible for credit or replacement). Please unpack your box as soon as practicable and store each item in optimum conditions for maintaining its freshness.
Delivery & Pick Up:
- Customers may nominate delivery or pick-up for their order. If circumstances dictate a change to your arrangements in this regard, please contact us as soon as possible. Please remember that as per point 4 below, there will be an additional $5 surcharge for each delivery, regardless of prior scheduling, and delivery is only offered on Friday; the latest we can accommodate requests to change to delivery for an order is Thursday night.
- Orders for pick-up will be available for collection from 21 Oldham Avenue between 4:30 and 7 PM on Friday afternoons. Pick-up outside of these times will be on arrangement of a mutually agreeable time. Please return the previous week’s empty box on collection of your new order.
- We will email customers who do not pick up their boxes on Friday to make alternative, mutually agreeable arrangements for collection. If contact is not made by Sunday the customer forfeits the box with no refund, and may be refused future service.
- Vegie boxes will be delivered on Fridays. Please leave the previous empty box out for collection on the day that you will receive your next delivery.
- All deliveries will incur a flat fee of $5 per delivery, with the exception of a customer’s first box only; individual customers receiving multiple boxes at the same address will only be required to pay one delivery fee, but multiple boxes delivered to multiple account holders at one address will incur a full delivery fee for each box. Customers ordering multiple boxes under private arrangement with others to save on delivery costs will be wholly responsible for the full account, regardless of the circumstances.
- We take no responsibility for the vegie box once it has been delivered. Please nominate a safe and sheltered place for us to leave it on your premises if no-one is at home to receive the delivery.