With so much of our everyday lives still on pause, you may have had to get creative when it comes to finding ways to do the things you love.
Just take those weekend morning strolls through your local farmers market, for example. Sure, they might feel like a thing of the past, but thanks to DirectFood.store, shopping farm-fresh, local and organic foods is part of the here and now.
A first-of-its-kind, DirectFood.store is an online grocery delivery platform that connects British Columbians to local farmers and vendors across the Lower Mainland. You can literally dine farm-to-table without having to step foot into a store. Plus, you can try the service hassle-free in the next few months since they're waiving their $45 minimum on deliveries until the end of May.
Their shop is loaded with everything from specialty ingredients, fresh fruits and veggies to unprocessed meats, wholesome dairy products, pantry items and even ready-to-eat snacks.
Get this: you can actually get an entire pound of local, free-run chicken breast from Abbotsford's newest butcher, High Point Meat Shop, for less than $8. All of their meat is hormone- and antibiotic-free and locally sourced in Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland.
Winners Farms are a long-standing favourite on DirectFood.store. With their commitment to animal welfare and transparency, this family of beef farmers raise their cattle without hormones or steroids right in the heart of Fraser Valley.
If veggies are more your speed, DirectFood.store has them too. Think garlic by the pound from local farms like Rivers Edge where all weeding is done by hand. There's also the antioxidant-rich Japanese root vegetable gobo burdock from Japonica Environment Farm, a Surrey-based, family-run farm.
And then there are DirectFood.store's pantry items, which include goods like iced honey from Bee Kind Honey Infusions, every type of flour you could imagine (including this organic, gluten-free banana flour from Avafina Organics) and so much more.
Not only does DirectFood.store make farm-fresh shopping convenient and affordable, but they also support local farmers and vendors by giving them exposure and the ability to expand their business online.
Plus, DirectFood.store also supports local charities through their Food Access Initiative and they empower First Nations communities by championing Indigenous businesses.
What's also cool about DirectFood.store is that they're a local, zero-waste B.C. startup with no warehouses or distributors. They utilize the concept of "just-in-time harvesting," which means fresher and healthier food that limits waste and environmental impact.
And they don't use boxes or kits, making their carbon footprint (and yours) even smaller.
So long as you're within a 102-kilometre radius of one of their farms, their team can deliver directly to your door. You can find out exactly where DirectFood.store delivers within the Lower Mainland right here.
DirectFood.store actually makes separate card charges and invoices for each farm and vendor so you know you're always buying direct.
Talk about being truly farm-to-table!
Price: Prices vary by product
Where: Online at DirectFood.store
Why You Need To Try It: Get fresh food delivered straight to your door and support local farmers at the same time.