We've had a go at growing our own vegetables at Lou Messugo but failed rather miserably. We just never got the hang of the hot weather and dry summers. Somehow the amount we had to water the plants seemed to outweigh any financial savings in growing our own. But that didn't stop us from wanting the freshest, most locally produced veg possible. Enter the veggie box.A couple of years ago I signed up to AMAP, a nationwide locally-based community for vegetable production and distribution - a vegetable box scheme. In a nutshell, you pay an annual subscription and are contracted into receiving a box of locally produced fruit and veg once a week for a year. You have no choice in what you receive, but it is all grown on a local farm, often organically or biodynamically. By committing to the scheme you support a local independent farm, cut out the middleman, encourage biodiversity, reduce your carbon footprint and receive the freshest seasonal ingredients.