Save yourself from supermarket chaos – fruit and veg boxes delivered and farmer’s markets staying open
It’s pretty safe to assume that by now you’re well aware of the situation at your local supermarket, so let’s not rehash the details. The good news is there is an alternative. If you’re keen to spare yourself from the chaos while also supporting local farmers in the process, we’ve rounded up a few places that are still delivering fresh fruit and vegetable boxes to your door.
Food Connect: As its name suggests, the Brisbane-based social enterprise is connecting you with seasonal and ecological food direct from farmers. Food Connect offers a range of boxes starting from just $48 for the basic box through to $62 for the gourmet box. In response to the current climate, the crew have raised the bar for hygiene even higher with all packers and drivers wearing gloves, masks and undertaking hourly mandatory hand-washing. They have also introduced a ‘knock and drop’ policy for drivers to assist with social distancing.
Farmer Foster: Although sold out for this week, Farmer Foster is busy preparing next week’s deliveries of farm-fresh produce to people of the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales. The boxes start at $70 for the small veggie box (suitable for one to two people) through to $110 for the large box (suitable for families) and includes a selection of seasonal, organic and spray-free fruit and veg with the option to add a couple of pantry staples including eggs and honey. If you’re keen to nab one, you’d better be quick as they are selling fast!
The Farm Folk: Supplying people of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads with freshly picked organic produce grown by locals, the beauty of The Farm Folk’s service is that you can choose what you want from the list of seasonal produce and the general quantity you want so there’s no last-minute scrambling for recipes using some of the less familiar ingredients in the box – hurrah! You can also add a range of pantry staples (including organic milk), further minimising your need to step foot in a supermarket. The Farm Folk have also reassured customers via Instagram that they uphold stringent hygiene standards and will be leaving deliveries at the front door.
Farm & Co: Have a selection of local and seasonal produce delivered to your door every Thursday in just a few clicks. Seriously, it’s that easy. The produce is picked to order from local farms and the boxes are bursting with delicious fruit and veg as well as any add-ons you’ve selected. The medium box is $55 and is suitable for one to two people, the large is $70 and will feed up to four people and the jumbo box for six people is $85. If you’re worried about getting things you and the fam aren’t too fussed on, Farm & Co invites you to choose three likes and dislikes so they can try to customise the box to your tastes (although it’s never guaranteed, it’s more of a guide). Want it to be a regular thing? It can be! Farm & Co also offers a free set-and-forget cancel-anytime subscription service.
Paddock 2 Porch: Delivering to the general Gold Coast area, Paddock 2 Porch is one of the speediest services getting around. In fact, many products will be picked and delivered the very same day! One of the other main points of difference is that the Currumbin-based business grows a lot of the produce on their own farm. Small boxes start at $35 and range through to $75. There is also an option to customise your box and make it a permanent thing with a free subscription service.
GMN Vegie: This Rocklea-based service is doing fresh fruit and vegetable boxes delivered to your door – sign up and check if your area is available, then reap the benefits of farm-fresh produce sent straight to your house!
Farm2Market: Farm2Market is essentially an online farmer’s market with fresh produce boxes alongside homemade preserves, spreads and even soaps. Farm2Market is perfect for those who would like the convenience of home delivery to stretch beyond just fruit and veg.
Qld Fruit Delivery: If the supermarket’s limit of one little bag of frozen fruit is simply not cutting it, Qld Fruit Delivery is here to bring happiness by way of frozen fruit and cold-pressed juices. Located in Burleigh Heads, the small frozen fruit box is $80 and includes everything you need to make delicious smoothies ’til your heart’s content, let’s just hope your freezer is big enough!
Little Acre Mushrooms: For lucky shroom lovers (no, not that kind), Brisbane’s only inner-city mushroom farm Little Acre Mushrooms does home deliveries. All you have to do is select your box – your choice of oyster mix from $55, woodland mix from $65 or chef’s selection from $75 – and it will be delivered straight to your door.
Farmer’s Markets: If you’re still keen to get out in the fresh air and support local suppliers, some of the city’s farmer’s markets are continuing to operate with some additional precautions in place including hand sanitiser available at the entrance and beefed-up cleaning procedures. We recommend checking the various market’s socials prior to attending for up-to-date information.
Brisbane City Markets: Wednesday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at Reddacliff Place and Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm at Cathedral Square
Powerhouse Brisbane Markets: 6:00 am to midday at Lamington Street, Newfarm
Carseldine Markets: 6:00 am to midday at Beams Road, Carseldine
Kuraby Markets: 6:00 am to midday at Beenleigh Road, Kuraby
Manly Harbour Village Farmers Markets: first and third Saturday, 6:00 am to midday at Manly Harbour Royal Esplanade, Manly
Saturday Fresh Market: 6:00 am to midday at Sherwood Road, Rocklea
Davies Park Market West End: 6:00 am to 2:00 pm at Montague Road and Jane Street, West End
Redcliffe Markets: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
Milton Markets: 6:00 am to midday at Little Cribb Street, Milton
Nundah Farmers Markets: 6:00 am to midday at Station Street, Nundah
Mitchelton Farmers Markets Brisbane: first Sunday of the month from 6:00 am to midday at Blackwood Street, Mitchelton
Northey Street Organic Farmers Market: 6:00–11:00 am at Northey Street City Farm, Windsor
Due to increased demand, we recommend checking with the delivery service prior to ordering to avoid disappointment.
Image credit: The Farm Folk.
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