If you’re used to getting groceries from major retailers like Amazon and Walmart, you may have noticed that it’s recently become a bit of a waiting game! Due to the increased demand relating to the pandemic, grocery deliveries are taking longer than usual, and grocery pickup times have to be scheduled days in advance.
However, for those who are willing to wander off the beaten path, there are plenty of great alternative sources for groceries out there that are worth giving a try! I’ll be sharing some of those alternatives with you in today’s post, from organic produce to meal kits, and subscriptions to CSAs.
If you’ve been feeling like it’s time to make a change to the way you shop for groceries, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect solution somewhere in this list! And as always, if you have any brilliant grocery shopping tips that aren’t mentioned here, please share your ideas with us in the comments below! :-)
5 Alternative Sources For Groceries & Food
1. Grocery Delivery
Getting your groceries delivered right to your door—what could be more convenient? Different grocery delivery services operate in different areas of the country, so you may need to do a bit of research to find out what’s available where you live.
Here are a few options to consider using for grocery delivery:
- Thrive Market – Organic & non-GMO brands delivered to your door, membership required
- Target Grocery – Groceries from your local Target with same-day delivery through Shipt
- Peapod – Grocery shop from anywhere with climate-controlled delivery on your schedule
- FreshDirect – Produce sourced through short supply chains, as well as national brands, delivered to you
2. “Ugly” Produce
When it comes to produce, it doesn’t have to look pretty to taste delicious! There are several companies who specialize in so-called “ugly produce,” the less-attractive or surplus fruits and vegetables that wouldn’t make it to the market otherwise.
Check out these options to get ugly produce delivered to your doorstep:
- Misfits Market – Weekly deliveries of varying selections of organic produce
- Imperfect Foods – Weekly customizable deliveries of imperfect produce and pantry staples
- The Rotten Fruit Box – Freeze-dried fruits delivered to your door, with both subscription and one-time purchase options available
3. Meal Kits
If the idea of having someone else plan a few of your weeknight meals sounds like a dream, you’ll love a meal kit subscription! Your box will include perfect portions of all the ingredients you need to make the included meals, so all you have to do is prep, cook, and eat!
Check out these options if you’re interested in signing up for a meal kit subscription:
- Blue Apron – Chef-designed recipes and locally sourced ingredients for 2 or 4 people per week, with vegetarian options
- Hello Fresh – Flexible plans for 2 or 4 people with 3-5 recipes per week, with a wide variety of recipe types and food preferences
- Home Chef – Fresh weekly meal kits with tons of customizability for diet, skill level, preferences and more (also available in Kroger stores)
- Sun Basket – Weekly meal kits with organic ingredients, as well as add-on options for breakfasts, lunches, or snacks
- Daily Harvest – Weekly or monthly deliveries of frozen smoothies, harvest bowls, flatbreads, soups, and more
4. Grocery Pickup
If you’re having trouble finding delivery in your area, you may have better luck with pickup options! Many grocery stores (even the small local ones) have online shopping options now, so you can shop for groceries online and then swing by the store to pick them up.
To learn more about online grocery shopping and how to find it in your area, read my post about it here.
5. Local Farms
And last but certainly not least, don’t forget to shop local! Even if your local farmer’s market is closed, you can always contact your favorite local farms and producers directly to ask if they are offering produce for pickup or drop-off.
Other options for supporting local food producers are shopping at food cooperatives and signing up for CSAs (short for Community Supported Agriculture.) Use this tool to search for co-ops in your area, and learn more about CSAs here.
Where do you currently get your groceries?