If you’re cooking at home more often these days during COVID-19, eating a good amount of fresh fruits and veggies is a great way to keep a healthy lifestyle. With the warmer weather finally arriving in Michigan, farmers markets across the state are opening up and grocery stores are starting to stock more in-season produce. But if you don’t want to venture out (even with these safe shopping tips), there are ways to get fresh produce sent right to your home. Here are some options offering delivery throughout Michigan:
- Michigan Farm to Family works with local farmers and food artisans who use healthy, humane and sustainable production methods. Options for a la carte ordering include meat, dairy products, frozen produce and fresh organic produce. Both no-contact pickup and home delivery are available statewide.
- Doorganics offers organic produce boxes that start at $35 with weekly and bi-weekly free delivery options. This company is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so you can feel good about supporting both local farms and a Michigan business. Select your box, then choose which local and organic groceries you’d like from over 20 food categories including local and organic fruits and vegetables, pastured meats, real farm eggs, local baked goods, jams, pasta and more. You can modify or cancel your subscription anytime.
- The Sprout Box offers a customizable box of produce and Michigan-made groceries delivered to your home, workplace, or one of the company’s satellite locations. Weekly choices include: fresh breads, local produce, meat, cheeses, snacks and ready to eat meals.
- LocalHarvest If shopping local is important to you, check this site for nearby CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) options, farmer’s markets and local farms that deliver throughout Michigan. Many are offering extra delivery options or contact-free pickup during COVID-19. Simply put in your zip code or city, and several options closest to where you live will show.
- Farmbox Direct delivers healthy organic or natural fruits and vegetables nationwide to support local farms. Choose from small, medium or large boxes of organic or natural fruit only, veggies only or fruit & veggies. There are even boxes just for juicing needs. The menu changes weekly based on what’s fresh, local and in-season. You can modify your account anytime, and customize your delivery schedule months ahead of time. Each box includes a recipe card with idea for cooking with the ingredients, too.
- Hungry Harvest delivers produce that would otherwise go to waste since grocery stores will reject produce that may be an odd shape, color, size, quantity or just inconvenient to stock. Boxes come in a variety of sizes and options, including fruit only, vegetable only and organic. Hungry Harvest deliveries also support donations to Forgotten Harvest in the Detroit area as well as similar nonprofit organizations in other cities.
- Imperfect Foods is similar to Hungry Harvest—offering fresh produce and groceries rejected by retailers for up to 30% less than grocery stores, and they deliver with no tip required. Plus, if you’re struggling to afford healthy food, you can apply for the Reduced Cost Box Program to receive a discount. Imperfect Foods also donates thousands of pounds of food each week to nonprofits around the country.
- Misfits Market also sources fresh, imperfect organic produce that stores can’t sell. You choose the box size and delivery frequency of every week or every two weeks. A Mischief box includes a mix of 12 different kinds of fruits and vegetables (type and weight may vary by week & season). Modify or cancel your subscription anytime.
If you want to take food delivery to the next level, you can try a meal delivery service such as Home Chef, Dinnerly or EveryPlate. These services range in price, and include full meals with fresh produce and the step-by-step recipes to make them. With so many online options from warming up to cooking from scratch, there’s a meal kit or meal delivery service for every type of lifestyle and preference. It’s a great way to get the family involved making healthy meals together with restaurants closed or with limited carryout options due to COVID-19.
However you decide to get fruits, veggies and groceries for healthy meals, remember to follow these tips for safe package delivery and shopping.