It used to be that if you wanted food delivered to your door, the options were fairly limited. Pizza, Chinese food, or maybe a local deli or restaurant were pretty much the only choices out there. But thanks to a surge in the food delivery business, these days items from many of your favorite restaurants, grocers, and yes, even ice cream shops can be delivered directly to your home. This can feel like a lifesaver on those busy days when grocery shopping and food prep feel like an impossible task. And for those of us looking to eat healthier, more retailers than ever before are jumping on the home delivery bandwagon, including many organic and farm to table food providers.
While grocery delivery itself is not a new concept, the idea of being able to get fresh, organic produce, milk, meat, eggs and more delivered right to our doorstep is a welcome one for many of us. Here in Richmond, we are fortunate to have a number of services that will, quite literally, bring farm goods right to the door. To help you find the service that’s best for you, we took a look at some of these providers and made our picks of the best farm to table delivery services available in the Greater Richmond area.
The following farm to table providers stood out to us because they all offered the following:
- A variety of products
- Sustainable practices
- At-your-door delivery with little to no additional charge
Take a look at the selections we’ve made, then let us know if there’s a service you use on a regular basis that didn’t make our list. We’d love to hear about it at email@example.com
In the meantime, we don’t expect you to stop ordering pizza, but for those weeks that you’re looking for something a little healthier, you’ll definitely want to give these services a try!
The founders of Shenandoah Produce don’t just know farming, they’ve lived it. Having grown up on a produce farm themselves, they know what it takes to harvest fresh, healthy, hearty produce – and they are committed to making sure it gets to your table at its freshest. Plus, they keep their process easy. Simply sign up for free (no hidden charges) and choose from their flexible boxing options starting as low as $11/box. You can build a box for ongoing delivery or if you want to try something new, build a custom box from the web store each week. The deadline for ordering is at 11 am Wednesday, but you can decide if you want your box weekly, bi-weekly, or just on occasion. The choice is yours!
Why we love them: Many of us shop local farmer’s markets or join a CSA not only because we want to feed our family with the freshest ingredients possible, but because we want to support our local small farms and businesses. Shenandoah Produce allows you to have the best of everything – not only the freshest produce but the ability to support those local businesses – while enjoying the convenience of at-home delivery.
Shenandoah Produces works with small local farmers who provide fresh produce, meat, dairy, canned and baked goods. Their goal is not just to buy and sell the products, but to create and sustain relationships with family farmers while paying them sustainable prices. And while most of their produce comes directly from local farms in Virginia, during the winter months, they also work with growers farther south in order to provide fresh produce and fruit all year around. However, in Virginia or not, they maintain their commitment to small, local farm, creating both economic and environmental benefits for everyone involved.
When Seasonal Roots’ founder Duane Slyder realized how many “fresh” fruits and vegetables in grocery stores actually came from far away, he decided to do something about it. And so, Seasonal Roots was born. Today, Duane and his team of like-minded co-workers form lasting relationships with local farmers who use sustainable practices and promote humane, organically-raised meats, poultry, and dairy. The result is the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and artisanal goods for families in nearly 20 areas of Greater Richmond, as well as Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Virginia Beach.
But to make their services even better, in 2017, they teamed up with Dominion Harvest, the longest-running fresh produce home delivery service in the Richmond area. After eight years of operating under the leadership of their founder, Dominion Harvest transferred ownership directly to their farmers in March 2017. And because these farmers, bakers, and food suppliers are local, some items you receive have been picked the same day you receive your order and pretty much all items are at your door within 48 hours of being picked. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!
Why we love them: Ordering from an online grocer might seem like an impersonal approach, but Seasonal Roots and Dominion Harvest do everything they can to create a community. In addition to forming strong relationships with their organic produce and food suppliers, they make the ordering process personal for you by offering direct product selection in their online farmer’s market, which means you to have complete control of the products you receive. Having the market open on only weekends simulates a real farmer’s market and supports their Dirt to Doorstep® promise to have produce to you within a few days of harvest. To top it off, they continue to support you even after you’ve received your order with recipes, a blog, and ongoing extras that make the entire experience personal and rewarding from start to finish.
The process is easy. Sign up as a guest for no charge or choose a yearly membership, then choose your produce “basket.” Next, shop their online farmer’s market, open from 2pm every Friday until 11:59pm on Sundays. On your scheduled delivery date, leave a cooler outside of your home or office and the “Veggie Fairies” will fill it with farm fresh produce, meat and dairy products. As a member, you’ll also get to add unlimited extra items, customize your order, receive weekly bundle specials, schedule or skip orders and more – all with a 100% money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied within the first 30 days.
If you were familiar with Relay Foods, a Charlottesville-based organic grocer, then you know that they offered the opportunity to purchase organic produce, meat and grocery items with both pick-up and delivery options. You may also know that in early 2017, Relay Foods, announced their merger with Door to Door Organics, a company based in Colorado with more than two decades of experience working with organic suppliers across the country.
Today, Relay Foods operates alongside Door to Door Organics (under the Door to Door Organics name) to continue providing top quality farm-fresh options. Unfortunately, some local providers are no longer available, but they continue to keep their promise of providing fresh produce, meat, seafood, dairy products, bakery items, deli products and more.
With Richmond delivery for free on orders over $75 and $5 for anything under, Door to Door Organics makes it easy. Simply sign up online with a name, address, email, payment method, and delivery day. From there, you’re not committed to anything until you place your final grocery order. Plus, there are no sign-up fees and you can skip a week or cancel anytime. Best of all, they often provide special offers on your first order, making this service a go-to organic grocer for Richmond and beyond.
Why we love them: If reputation is everything, then Door to Door Organics has 20 years of “everything” to back them up. And with warehouses as close as Pennsylvania, they ensure that you always have access to foods that are fresh from the farm. Best of all, they offer reasonable prices and flexible delivery. And with everything from customizable fresh produce boxes to meal starter kits to recipes based on your order, it’s never been easier, or more convenient, to make healthy, fresh meals for your family with less hassle and expense.
(888) 2-VEGGIE or (877) 711-3636
Although it’s hard to picture it today, it really wasn’t all that long ago that milkmen would make deliveries of fresh, cold milk right to the doorstep every day. The milk was often provided by local dairy farmers and came with the assurance of freshness, quality, and local sustainability. These days, it’s still possible to find local farmers who provide fresh-from-the-farm milk, but not always with home delivery. That’s where Oberweis comes in.
Headquartered in Illinois, Oberweis is backed by four generations of the Oberweis family and offers the same freshness and quality today as when they started in 1927. While they don’t offer fruit and vegetables like the other farm-to-table delivery services on our list, they do provide a full range of dairy products from small family farms that have pledged to only use milk from cows that have been treated humanely, are antibiotic free, and have never been given artificial growth hormones. That milk is used to create cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, sour cream and more.
And the best part? It can all be delivered right to your door along with fresh, cage-free eggs; snacks items like salsas, sauces, and corn chips; complete dinner kits with fresh pasta, meats and sauces; baked goods like pies, bread, and other desserts; or even beverages like orange juice, lemonade, and iced tea.
Why we love them: It’s nice to have local services, of course. But we love that Oberweis has spent nearly a century growing their business so that thousands of families throughout the Midwest and along the Eastern seaboard can have access to their top-quality dairy products and fresh foods. With set delivery days once a week, you can rest assured that you’re providing fresh, wholesome food for your family, without ever leaving the house. With delivery available in the Greater Richmond area and beyond, Oberweis makes it possible to relive the days of the friendly, neighborhood milkman, all the while adding convenience and peace of mind to your life. And did we mention that delivery is free? Click here to find out when Oberweis deliveries are made in your area.
(630) 897-6600 or (866) OBERWEIS (866-623-7934)
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