As a food lover who looks forward to Saturday morning's Farmers' Markets or comments on the aromas when passing a restaurant preparing the evening's stocks and sauces, there was a degree of uncertainty when I started ordering my fruit and veg online from new suppliers. Working from home for many years, fashioned me into an online shopping veteran, ordering groceries, flowers, wine, and just about anything else. Home delivery is a fabulous time saver.
Over time, I have had mixed results with fresh fruit and vegetables, and preferred visiting the Farmers' Markets where I could soak up the atmosphere and choose fresh seasonal produce that had been 'picked yesterday'. I'd be planning dishes before I had even paid for the goods.
The health considerations and restrictions of 2020 have moved me back to doing as much online home-delivery shopping as is humanly possible. The back-up choice is click-and-collect. Some of my market suppliers have gone online. When the fruit and veg people didn't follow suit, I ordered from a few different suppliers, and have settled on a few favourites. One of these is Delish Deliveries.
Delish call themselves an "Online Supermarket". They sell a range of food products: fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, seafood, as well as almost anything else you can eat or cook with. An added bonus on this site, if you want to be adventurous or lazy, is the option to "Shop By Recipe".
Delish's philosophy is to support local suppliers and local farmers and claim "36 hours from farm to front door". When I open my boxes, the freshness of the produce is evident.
As mentioned earlier, if you want someone else to do the thinking for you and provide you with both the ingredients and the recipes, you can have a bit of fun "Shopping by Recipe", an option where the recipe and most of the ingredients are provided. Ingredients which are required but not supplied are also listed as they are usually things you would already have in your pantry. It's a great way to learn how to make something you have never tried before.
Ling Green Curry from Shop-by-Recipe (Image by Delish)
In the short time I have been shopping with Delish Deliveries, I have customised my orders, shopping by category and also from their specials list; the latter is a great way to bag a bargain. A few examples include Kipfler Potatoes at $4 a kilo; Parsnip at $5 a kilo; ugly pears (seven pears that look & taste great) at $3 a kilo; and, sweet mandarins (14 mandarins) at $3 a kilo. I have also ordered chicken, salmon and barramundi. These come packed with ice bricks in an "insulated envelope".
You don't need to order by the kilo as I have, especially if a customised box is your choice, and there is no need to sign up for regular deliveries. You can either order as-and-when you need or schedule weekly or fortnightly orders, and if necessary, modify your order prior to the cut-off time. Delivery is free, but there is a "minimum spend" requirement with Delish. I don't find this a problem as cooking fresh and eating at home is both healthy and, for many, 'the new normal'.
Delish Deliveries is right up there when it comes to service and attention to detail. Their website is well designed and easy to navigate, and they reply relatively promptly to customer questions. They send emails with updates and news and order reminders and they send text message reminders about 4 hours before your order cut-off time.