Avoiding Grocery Stores
Right now we are all being advised to stay at home except for essential trips. This is important for us all, but especially seniors and those with underlying health conditions. Although grocery shopping is essential - after all, we need to eat - it is also a high-risk activity that should be avoided as much as possible.
So how can we do that?
1) Ask a neighbour to help
2) Online grocery shopping
This blog gives you various options for online grocery shopping, and we have tried to include a mix of smaller local businesses as well as the larger Canadian retailers. Many small businesses have quickly adapted to meet the needs of Canadians in this crisis, and we know many of you would love to continue to support your local businesses. Many of these suggestions have come from our friends during our weekly coffee mornings. Please feel free to send me your ideas too.
Together Apart highlights small businesses who are open in the Ottawa area. This includes grocery, breweries, and various other services such as fitness and therapy. This list is being updated regularly.
Good Food Ottawa highlights many places where you can buy food from local Ottawa companies. It highlights both options for families who are struggling to afford food, and those who have resources to buy their own.
The Ottawa Good Food Box is a joint initiative to support Ottawa households who have limited financial and physical access to fresh fruit and vegetables. They offer a weekly home delivery of a $20 box which contains enough produce for a family of 4-5 people. This is designed for low-income and vulnerable community members. You can also donate a box to a family in need.
The Buchipop Burrow Shop supports local growers, makers and small businesses and now offers curbside pick-up in Little Italy or delivery across Ottawa ($15 fee). You can also donate online to the Parkdale Food Centre. They have a very user-friendly website where you can shop by category or by vendor.
The Kaladar Market is offering fresh and local produce, dairy and meat for curbside pick-up and delivery. You can get next-day delivery if you order before 5pm. They do have a minimum order of $99 for delivery and $45 for pick up though.
Good Food 2u offer local, organic produce and meal boxes throughout the Ottawa area. You can also add on various options such as meat, fish, dairy and baked goods. Due to high demand, new sign ups are taking a minimum of a week to process.
Veggie Trails is a market garden with a retail stand at the intersection of Richmond Road and Holly Acres. They are currently serving customers with a no-contact porch pick-up. You can email in your order in an evening and they have it ready for pick up the next day. They offer a selection of vegetables, dairy, eggs and meat. Their website is updated regularly to show what is in stock. They are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Findlay Creek Apiary offer home delivery of local honey.
Papa Jack’s popcorn on Thurston near Conroy Road is good for flavoured popcorn and other snacks and food. They deliver or offer contactless curbside pick-up.
Want to treat someone for a birthday or Mother's Day, or just to say thank you? Fruit Couture comes highly recommended by one of our Wednesday morning regulars! Order by 5p.m. for next-day delivery.
Or you could use The Choice Concierge for personal shopping and delivery services. Prices start at $25/hour.
GTA and Hamilton
The Mustard Seed Coop in Hamilton is a full-service grocery store where anything that can be local, will be local. They now offer free, same day, pre-order pick-up and delivery for their members. They also offer a local bounty box for pick-up for members and non-members. Please note they are now closed on Sundays to give staff a rest. The supply of flour has been good, as well as other basics like coffee, eggs & milk.
Dinnerlicious delivers fresh ingredients and easy-to-prepare recipes to your door. They now also provide groceries, produce, fruits and other items. You can subscribe to recurring weekly or bi-weekly deliveries or just place a single order. They focus on as much local and organic products as possible. They deliver to the entire GTA.
Bennetts Apples in Ancaster are offering curbside pick-up for apples, cider, fresh produce and baked goods.
Longos offer delivery and free pick up from many of their stores. Enter your postal code to see delivery options.
Saltlick Smokehouse in Hamilton provide meat packs (burgers, ribs, sausages, etc.), fruit or veg packs for delivery. Free delivery within 10 km if you spend more than $50. They also deliver beer and wine!
Woodword Meats in Oakville are offering curbside pickup for meat.
Nique Restaurant in Hamilton is offering meat, eggs, bread, buns, butter, cheese, milk and other pantry and veggie items for pick-up.
When you need something sweet and delicious to keep you going, The Donut Monster is open for pre-ordered contactless pick-up in Hamilton.
Le panier bleu is an initiative of the Quebec government to support and promote local businesses. You can search by category or by region, and specify if you are looking for online ordering, delivery or pick-up. Many businesses will also deliver to different cities and provinces! It is a great resource, but only available in French.
The following retailers all offer online options, with pick up from stores (curbside) or delivery for a small fee. In most cases the fee for in-store pick up has been waived during the pandemic, but please check before you place your order.
Delivery is restricted to certain locations and you can enter your postal code to see what is available in your area. For pick up, you normally choose a time slot, arrive in the parking lot at that time and your personal shopper will come out with your groceries. Due to the high demand, the next available slot at most of these stores is several days or even weeks out, so plan ahead! Stores also can't guarantee that all your items will be available. They may substitute them with similar items. When we did our online shop, you could choose if you wanted substitutions for particular products or not.
You will need to create a login for these stores and enter your credit card online. Most of them make it easy for you to reorder. If you buy the same items each week, you can save them as favourites!