What independent online grocers (not Whole Foods, Stop & Shop) can I buy from during the quarantine?
I'm looking to buy buy some less common dry goods/ingredients (soba noodles, instant yeast, buckwheat flour) and would love to support a small grocer that currently ships to my city (Washington DC). Any advice?
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Bob's Red Mill for many whole grain and rarer baking ingredients (though/and many of their products are available in local stores)
Zingerman's in Ann Arbor - more for baked goods and deli, but some grocery ingredients, often before they arrive at regular grocery stores. (Top quality, top prices).
While few and far between, here are a few independent online grocers to peruse—you may have to cobble together various "carts" to hit everything on your list:
https://sahadis.com/ (like Kalustyan's -- great array of spices, but also some bulk items!)
https://mainegrains.com/shop/ (for pantry/dried goods)
https://www.ranchogordo.com/ (for beans/legumes)
You can also try going straight to producers themselves. Are there farmers/farms you visit at markets, or local CSAs to join? Many of them may be taking online/direct orders. Hope this helps!
Lastly, and I know this may not count as independent, but FreshDirect (which operates in DC) does carry local vendors' offerings.