Forget empty supermarket shelves – the best fruit, veg and meat boxes to get delivered
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 that there is an alternative. If you’re keen to spare yourself from the chaos (or disgruntlement at empty shelves) while also supporting local farmers in the process, we’ve rounded up a few places that are delivering fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and more 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 Mini Box through to $63 for the Large Veg Box. The Food Connect range now extends beyond just fruit and veg – you can upgrade you box to ‘The Lot‘ with your choice of eggs, bread and milk, or add fridge and pantry items such as dairy goods, meat, nuts, condiments, home-cleaning products and more. If you’re stuck in iso, Food Connect offers home delivery for a flat fee of $10, or you can opt for free pick-up from one of its City Cousins – families and businesses across Brisbane and the Gold Coast that have graciously opened up their homes for you to pick up your order from.
The Farmers’ Store: The Farmers’ Store is the sister business to Farmer Foster’s Organic Veggie Box delivery, with the businesses delivering farm-fresh produce to people of the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales. The team adopts a slow-food ethos, focused on food that is organically and sustainably grown, has travelled low kilometres and is a fresh as possible. The boxes start at $70 for the small seasonal veggie box (suitable for singles, couples or small families) through to $110 for the large box (suitable for larger – or hungrier – 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 bread, eggs and honey. The boxes are updated each week, or you can choose to build your own box to eliminate waste.
Sunshine Organics: If you’re looking for a service that supports local, ethical, sustainable and organic farmers, Sunshine Organics is the service for you. This family-owned business connects consumers with local certified organic farmers and artisan producers, delivering a range of more than 1000 products such as fresh fruit and veg, eggs, meat, deli and pantry items, household and beauty products and more. Sunshine curates seasonal set boxes of fruit and veg (you can even set up a recurring order) or you can choose exactly what you need. Delivery days vary depending on location, with Sunshine Organics delivering from the Byron Bay regional all the way up the coast to Rockhampton.
Paddock 2 Porch: Delivering to the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales, 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 Gold Coast-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 weekly subscription service.
Organic Food Share: Specialising in affordable organic fruit and veg, this Gold Coast-based business has been delivering goodness since 2014 and continues to grow through word of mouth. The business supports small-scale farmers and offers a variety of boxes ranging from a small fruit box for $37 through to a large mixed box for $92. You can also add pantry staples, dairy and organic extras to your order reducing your reliance on supermarkets even further. Bonus – Organic Food Share also donates its produce each week to local Gold Coast charities, meaning you can eat good and feel good.
Scenic Rim Farm Box: A joint initiative between Scenic Rim farmers and Scenic Rim Regional Council, Scenic Rim Farm Box was born out of the 2019 COVID lockdowns as a way to connect city consumers with the region while they were unable to travel. The Scenic Rim is renowned for its exceptional produce and producers, so you better believe these boxes are brimming with some of the best you can get. Each Thursday at 5:00 pm, the online shop is updated with the week’s season selection, all of which is available for you to create your own customisable box. Fruit and veg, meat, eggs and milk are available pretty much year-round, in additional to seasonal products such as gourmet cheeses, skincare, baked goods and condiments – you can even add locally made booze to your order! The team currently delivers to Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, the Gold Coast and the Scenic Rim weekly, and Toowoomba and Highfields every fortnight.
Farm2Market: Farm2Market is essentially an online farmers market that connects local farmers with consumers. By typing in your postcode you can see the vendors you have access to in your local area, with options including fruit and veg boxes, meat packs, general groceries and even health and beauty products. Farm2Market is perfect for those who would like the convenience of home delivery to stretch beyond just edible goods.
9Dorf Farms: For direct-from-the-farmer goodness, head to 9Dorf Farms. This fifth-generation family-owned business has been farming in the Lockyer Valley since 1918, so you could say they know a thing or two about good produce. The Neuendorf family is passionate about sustainable farming, striving to continuously improve the environment and produce ethically raised animals. Chicken and fish are your key produce here – select from a range of products including whole and cut chickens, chicken sausages, prepared meals (chicken kiev, anyone?), Murray cod fillets and barramundi fillets. 9Dorf delivers to Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
CV Beef: If you want the full butcher experience delivered straight to your door, CV Beef has got you covered. The Nerang-based butcher has an extensive online store, delivering across the Gold Coast from Tuesday to Friday each week. In addition to you classic cuts of beef, poultry, lamb and pork, CV offers some lesser-seen species and cuts, a specialty smokers section, dairy products, eggs, fruit, vegetables and honey.
Pacific Fruit and Veg: This family-owned business has been providing fresh produce to popular cafes and restaurants around the GC, Tweed and Brisbane for more than 30 years so you know they can deliver the goods, literally. In response to COVID-19, the crew began doing contact-free deliveries to the local community and had such a great response that they’ve kept it as an ongoing initiative. The produce is picked up from the markets every morning and delivered the very next business day. For a quick and easy option, there are boxed bundles from $39.50 or you can build your own, with a choice of fruit and veg, herbs and eggs.
Farm Fresh Organics: This 100 percent organic food-delivery service is the brainchild of Brisbane locals Shane and Cath Heaton, who now live at the picturesque Blueberry Hill Organic Farm on Tamborine Mountain. Shane and Cath have dedicated their lives to growing, eating and selling healthy and organic food, working with a collection of local farmers and producers to deliver the freshest organic produce available to homes across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and surrounds. In addition to top-quality fruit, veg and herbs, Farm Fresh Organics offers a full bakery, butcher, dairy selection, frozen goods, ready-to-eat products, pantry items, beverages, health, beauty and baby products, and eco home and garden products. You’ll never need to go to a major supermarket again.
Harris Farm Markets: This family-owned-and-operated grocer has taken Southeast Queensland by storm in the last year, providing us with a new, independent option when it comes to day-to-day food shopping. With a focus on sustainable initiatives and supporting local while still offering everyday convenience, Harris Farm Markets bridges the gap between traditional supermarkets and weekly farmers markets. If you’re stuck in iso or just trying to avoid the crowds, you’ll be pleased to know that Harris Farm Markets offers the majority of its range online for contactless delivery across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales – we’re talking everything from fruit and veg to meat and seafood, dry goods, gourmet cheeses, bakery goods and more.
Big Michael’s Fruit & Vegetables: Big Michael’s was founded by Brisbane local Peter Marinos in 2009, with help from his father, Michael, a Greek immigrant who started working in the markets back in 1987. After working with his father for a number of years, Peter decided it was time to branch out on his own. What started as a small delivery business – with just one ute and one customer – has now grown to a fleet of 15 trucks that service more than 1000 wholesale customers. Big Michael’s now also delivers to homes across Brisbane (and a handful of Gold Coast suburbs) within a 38-km radius of its Rocklea Markets base, offering fruit and veg (you can choose your own or opt for pre-selected boxes starting from $40), plus other items such as olive oil, beverages, honey and wood for smoking.
Due to increased demand, we recommend checking with the delivery service prior to ordering to avoid disappointment.
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