Stay home, skip the supermarket, and let the fresh produce come to you.
As the CDC recommends that we opt for grocery home delivery rather than leaving home to go to the grocery store, it can be difficult to get fresh groceries in the way we're used to. According to The Wall Street Journal, a Nielsen survey shows that consumer habits during the pandemic have shifted toward buying frozen or canned fruits and vegetables over fresh produce at grocery stores, possibly due to the fact that getting fresh produce requires more frequent and, during this time, risky trips to the store. Lucky for consumers who don't want to skimp on their fruits and veggies, there are now many options for online produce-box deliveries that will satisfy your meal needs and won't break the budget.
This online farm-to-table marketplace skips the warehouse and brings produce right from farmers, who pack and ship your order to your doorstep overnight, for a small fee of $5.99. Wildkale works with several farms that deliver within 300 miles from their respective locations in parts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other parts of New England. The company is in the process of expanding to other areas of the U.S. Just enter your zip code to choose fresh and 100-percent local produce without the hassle of going to the supermarket.
This New-Jersey based delivery service brings sustainability and low prices to online produce-ordering with its subscription boxes full of rescued food and produce that has been otherwise kept off supermarket shelves for issues with distribution or not matching an appealing size or shape. While this food would have otherwise just become waste, the products that Misfits Market rescues are perfect-quality produce, although sometimes funny-looking, and very accessible at 40 percent less than grocery store prices. Just select your box size and desired frequency of delivery, and the company will ship you a box full of various food items that depend on what the company acquires that week.
If you're in the mood for some summer citrus, this delivery service from a 70-acre Ojai, California, citrus farm may have something special in store for you. Friend's Ranches has been growing all kinds of citrus for 100 years, ranging from navel and Valencia oranges to satsuma mandarins and even some varieties of avocados. The farm has adjusted to the decrease in its usual food-service-account business because of the pandemic by increasing online delivery, which helps support continued operations. The online store changes depending on each week's harvest, and you can buy mail orders of single varieties of fruit by the box.
Get the best of Farmer Lee Jones's rarified produce, grown on his family's 350-acre Ohio farm. This produce is normally catered to Michelin-starred kitchens and chefs such as Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud, but now you can get it directly to cook in your own home. The $59 Introduction Box includes farm-fresh vegetables and herbs that vary based on the season and the best harvest that day. The $89 Best of the Season Box brings you chef-quality ingredients like mixed greens, summer squash, asparagus, beets, and more, along with some microgreens. The boxes are higher-priced than some other options, but it's worth it for those fresh top-produce ingredients.
For those in New Orleans looking for some fresh produce and wanting to support local businesses, the city's largest wholesale produce supplier is now selling directly to the public. The company is offering curbside pickup at its warehouse on S. Dupre Street and some local deliveries, if they meet a minimum spending amount. You can order fruit, vegetable, and specialty-item boxes for pick-up the following day.
With high demands due to a surge in online ordering and some shipping complications, some subscriptions and vendors may have a waiting list to join or other logistics that require some patience. But in these uncertain times, the fresh produce you want may be worth the wait. You may also want to reach out to your local farmer's market to check on produce-delivery services to support your community small businesses and farmers.