If you can avoid it, don’t go to a grocery store right now. Delivery or curbside pickup is the safer choice. Here is a side-by-side comparison of several grocery delivery services.
The problem is that, for some of the stores, time slots for delivery are very limited. In addition, items are often out of stock.
With that in mind, here are a few other places to order groceries from that you might not have considered. None of these are full-service grocery stores, so you’re not going to find hundreds of items to choose from, or lots of choices for brands. But they might just have what you need!
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Hodges Family Farm
Hodges Family Farm, at 3900 Rocky River Road, has long been a favorite for school field trips and for picking pumpkins.
They’ve responded to our current needs by opening a farm store.
The way it works is that you go to their website and order online. Your items will be packed fresh on Friday and you pick them up on Saturday.
This is a win-win. You get fresh food, and you help a great local business.
Items include pork chops, Italian sausage, red lettuce, rosemary, honey, eggs, spinach and more.
NoDa Company Store
NoDa Company Store, 3221 Yadkin Avenue, over the course of a day or two, changed from being a bar and neighborhood hangout, to a small grocery store.
Place your order online. When it’s ready they’ll send you a text. Just pull up curbside, on Yadkin, and give them a call, and they’ll bring it out to you and load it into your car. Or, if you live in Noda, Plaza Midwood, Country Club, Villa Heights or the Belmont neighborhood they deliver.
They are carrying some produce, meat, package goods, baking, dairy, eggs and more. You can see what’s in stock on their website. Sometimes they make announcements about new products on their Facebook page.
We wrote about NoDa Company Store’s grocery operation in more detail here.
Carolina Meat & Fish Co
Carolina Meat & Fish Co is offering delivery for all of Charlotte. Follow the above link to learn how to order. You can do it by calling, texting or emailing Carolina Meat & Fish Co. Besides high quality meat and fish, you can also order fruits, vegetables, toilet paper and other staples. Orders in Ballantyne of $75 or more wil get free delivery. Outside of Ballantyne, the cost is $1 per mile from their location at 16709 Orchard Stone Run. Why not pool orders with neighbors to save money on delivery?
Queen City Poultry
Order chicken from Queen City Poultry. They offer chicken wings, boneless breasts, breaded chicken tenders, chicken thighs, whole chickens, and more. Delivery is free. They also offer a few beef selections.
Showmars, the southern-style Greek chain, is now selling groceries. Responding to both the closing of dine-in eating (and the fact that take-out and delivery alone can’t pay the bills), and to the difficulty of getting necessary groceries, they’re doing something innovative.
Showmars is utilizing its supply chain to get essential groceries to you at affordable rates.
They don’t offer the products of a full grocery store, and some of the products are offered in bulk. The prices are good. You might not find your favorite brand, but this is a great additional way to get food for your family.
Availability will vary, but you could find toilet paper, milk, eggs, disinfectant, vegetables, salmon and more.
You can plug in your zip code and see if they deliver to you. The minimum order for delivery is $65.
We wrote more about Showmar’s grocery operation here.
Panera Bread is now delivering some groceries from participating cafes. Items include bread, milk, yogurt, cream cheese, fruit, and vegetables. Pickup also available.
Farm Fresh Carolinas
Farm Fresh Carolinas offers delivery in the Charlotte area, or pickup at several locations. You choose the type of box (fruit, vegetables, a mixture of both, family favorites) and the size of the box. Typically a box include 5-7 different vegetables and/or 4-6 different fruits. You choose the delivery frequency.
The Produce Box is another produce delivery service.
Meal Prep Services
Services like Blue Apron and Home Chef will package up and ship all the components of a meal, which you will then cook yourself. If you are new to one of these services, make sure to check Groupon to see if there’s an introductory deal.
Edible Arrangements is best known for chocolate covered fruit, but you can actually order fruit and vegetables from them as well. They offer free next day delivery. You can also pick up at one of their stores.