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?

  • Posted by: Hallie
  • March 23, 2020


Nancy March 23, 2020
Two more.
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).
Coral L. March 23, 2020
Hi Hallie! Really great question. A couple options:
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.
Hallie March 24, 2020
Thank you so much! I am researching CSAs in DC (since I'm a new resident) — that's a good idea. Sometimes you have to commit to a full season, which isn't the most flexible option. Fresh Direct is a good solution too, though slots are completely booked up. And I think you're right about the dry goods; might have to shop around a bit. I am going to do a trial membership of Thrive Market — not sure how it compares to ordering Whole Foods via Amazon but now I've got a reason to find out!
Hallie March 23, 2020
Something like a Kalustyans?
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