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.

DELIVERY ROUTE

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.

Product List
2 person fruit box (Selection of 4-5 seasonal fruit)Charcoal Detox Soap BarHumble stuff cleaning sprayOrganic whole grain fusilli pasta
2 person veg box (Selection of 8-9 seasonal vegetables)Coarse sea saltIf You Care Firelighters pack of 28Organic whole grain penne pasta
A pack of 26 fully compostable solids tank linersDark speckled lentilsKaolin and flowers face maskOrganic whole grain spaghetti
Aloe dent sensitive toothpasteDatesKingfisher mint no fluoride toothpastePorridge oats
Argan BalmDuchess extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil 250ml bottleKingfisher mint toothpaste with fluorideRose clay and honey face mask
Balancing Salt ScrubDuchess extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil 250ml refill Lavender and geranium soapRose lip balm
Bamboo Toothbrushes (Medium or soft)Duchess extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil 500ml bottleLemon and mint balmRude Health organic almond milk 1L
Beeswax wraps 1 x small, 1 x medium & 1 x largeDuchess extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil 500ml refill Maldon flakey sea saltSawdust/shavings for composting toilets
Beeswax wraps 1x extra large wrap (will wrap a loaf of bread)E5 roast house whole espresso coffee beans 250gMultigrain sourdoughShaving soap lavender and cedar wood
Beeswax wraps 2x small and 2x medium wrapsEco leaf kitchen towel 2 packNairns cracked black pepper oatcakesSmall fruit and veg box
Beeswax wraps 3x midi wrapsEco leaf loo paper 4 packNairns stem ginger biscuitsSmall veg box
Bio D laundry liquid 1l bottleExtra virgin organic olive oil (refills only)Oatly foamable oat milk 1LSuma organic whole peeled tinned tomatoes
Bio D laundry liquid 1l refillFine sea saltOmega seed mix Suma tinned organic coconut milk
Bio D washing up liquid – 750ml bottleFrankincense + Orange Soap BarOrganic chickpeas Three flowers and clay
Bio D washing up liquid – 750ml refillHackney Wild sourdoughOrganic dried apricotsVeg box and fruit box together
Bio D washing up liquid 750ml refillHerbal BalmOrganic dried figsWhole almonds
Biona cider vinegar (refills only)Himalayan Salt Soap BarOrganic red lentilsWild Sage & Co  Shampoo Bar with Rosemary + Lavender
Biona Mild Coconut Oil Cuisine 470ml jarHorsenden farm honey 12oz jarOrganic tomato puréeWildes Cheese
Black peppercorns Humble stuff cleaning pasteOrganic whole grain basmati rice