With Covid creeping into Canberra and lockdown in full swing, the thought of heading to the mall or supermarket is about as appealing as a root canal. The good news is there is a tonne of small Canberra businesses offering big baskets full of fresh produce and gourmet goodies. Whether you're looking to do a full grocery shop, get some fresh food, treat yourself to a hamper jammed with some (almost) essential survival treats or even have some seedlings delivered to grow your own, this list has you covered.
If too much time on your hands has got you wanting to whip up some gourmet treats, Essential Ingredient's online store has a top-quality range of flavour bombs from around the world just waiting to slide into your pantry. You can even grab some cookware to get your kitchen sizzling! If you need some inspiration, they even have recipe kits so all you need to do is put it together and enjoy.
Red Baron Canberra
Red Baron Pantry have a variety of grocery boxes, BBQ boxes and grazing boards ready to be delivered. Options include your grocery essentials like bread, milk, fresh produce and, thank goodness, coffee! Order before 2pm for next day delivery. Delivery is FREE to Canberra, Googong, Jerrabomberra and Queanbeyan.
Bestore Asian Groceries
For all of your Japanese, Korean and other Asian grocery supplies and produce during lockdown, hit up Bestore online. You can click and collect and they are also offering delivery of their huge range around Canberra - as a little bonus, the more you spend, the lower the delivery fee.
Pialligo Market Grocer
The Pialligo Market Grocer is home to a huge range of grocery essentials including flour, mince, pasta, rice, bread, milk and eggs. Best of all there's a range of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and seafood. Their own range from the smokehouse is also available and if you want a bit of luxury, there's a range of heat and eat options. Don't forget to add on some grog and confectionery. The service is contact-free: just place your order online then collect at Pialligo.
Get fresh food delivered to your door this lockdown
While the shopfront is temporarily closed, fear not! You can head to the online store instead and have a hamper full of fabulous food and wine or even a salami bouquet on the way in no time. Treat yourself and dine in style because staying home doesn't have to taste bad!
Ziggy's are offering a great selection of fruit and veg boxes packed full of the best seasonal produce. You can shop online the either collect on-site or opt for delivery.
As well as their van jam-packed with baked goods, Husk has a truck full of fresh produce from the farmers market tagging along for the ride. To find out which suburbs they'll be in and when, check in for updates on their Facebook page.
As well as their own range of premium meats, the team at Claystone Meats have teamed up with a number of local Canberra producers and are offering fruit boxes, Bentspoke Beers, Peter O'Leary Wines and Capital Brewing Co to offer a one-stop grocery box delivery shop. Find the details here.
As Nature Intended
Like to keep things organic? Fear not, As Nature Intended has $50 produce boxes full of fresh organic goodness available to keep your fridge and fruit bowl full this lockdown. Find them here.
Capital Region Farmers Market
While it's not quite the same as wandering the aisles with a latte and a croissant, you can now visit your favourite farmers via their online stores. A whole heap of the Capital Region Farmers Market producers have gone online to offer their fresh food, baked goods, pasta, sauce, honey, plants and so much more. The list is evolving as more online stores go live so keep up to date via the Facebook page here.
Reid Tiny Farm and Canberra Colour
If the long lockdown days have got you in a gardening frame of mind, now is the time to plan and start planting your vegetable patch. Whether you have a tiny balcony or big beds to fill, nothing beats homegrown.
Reid Tiny Farm offer organic seasonal seedling boxes proudly raised in the ACT - you can check them out online or available soon at the Ainslie IGA.
Canberra Colour is shipping their vege seedlings direct to your door for a flat rate of $10 for delivery no matter how many you buy or where you are in Canberra.