Best tips for grocery shopping remotely?

Hi Food52ers! I'm working on an article about grocery shopping remotely—whether that's a big-time service like Fresh Direct, a newly formed delivery system from your local bodega, or something I haven't heard of yet. Both grocery stores and shoppers are getting more innovative as more people are social-distancing and in isolation—and I would love to hear how you're making it work wherever you are (please share your location if you feel comfortable). Hope you're well, and thanks in advance for weighing in!

Emma Laperruque
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louisez March 27, 2020
An update on Whole Foods: for some unfathomable reason, I decided to check them out just before lunch. Lo and behold, they had King Arthur flour, and 2 delivery slots that afternoon (and only then -- no openings listed for later times, days). Amazed to have gotten the delivery and in time (though missing some things). I texted my daughter as soon as they accepted my order. She tried an hour or so later, and couldn't get a delivery slot. I guess it's worth checking periodically, just in case.
 
louisez March 25, 2020
Whole Foods deliveries have become impossible to schedule in northwest Florida, too. You can fill a cart up, but there are never any time slots for delivery available. My last order was about 1 1/2 weeks ago. The delivery came 4 hours late. The delivery guy told me that wasn't due to overwhelming demand but to some kind of glitch. In any case, Whole Foods seems to be out of commission for the moment. Publix, a local grocery chain, has really stepped up. You never know what will actually be available, but their shopping staff makes a big effort to check with you and get substitutes. It's easier many times to get fresh produce than other items. Frozen fruit and vegetables are tough to get. And flour is impossible to get at the moment. That's also true online at places like Bob's Red Mill and King Arthur. All of a sudden everyone and their Aunt Edna has become a scratch baker.
Good wishes to all of you. Be well, be safe.
 
creamtea March 25, 2020
Until recently I was using FreshDirect and Amazon Whole Foods, but the time slots in NY are booked so it's now impossible to get a delivery slot. Friends and my building residents have offered to do some shopping for perishables for me as we've been in mandatory quarantine (my pantry was stocked well in advance, fortunately). For Passover ingredients, I've shopped online at GrowandBehold.com for meat and OhNuts.com for almond flour, walnuts, hazelnuts and chocolate for my Passover cakes and charoset ingredients. For milk delivery in NY, I have used Mitchell's Beverage Direct for years. They also deliver newspapers, coffee from Oren's, and many other beverages.
 
creamtea March 25, 2020
Here's the link for Mitchell's: https://www.mitchellsny.com/

for Oh Nuts: https://www.ohnuts.com/

For Grow and Behold:

https://www.growandbehold.com/
 
Miss_Karen March 25, 2020
I know people who are sending commodities through the USPS to relatives.
 
Stephanie B. March 25, 2020
My parents sent me toilet paper, so they deserve some kind of award in my book.
 
Miss_Karen March 25, 2020
I work as an e commerce agent at King Soopers/Kroger. (Colorado Springs, CO)
That means people place an order online,then I go through the store & shop it. Our orders have more than doubled in the past 2 weeks. It's a good service. However, the misconception is that if the order is placed online that the product is automatically available... Some people are using Instacart. Whole foods is now doing an Amazon Prime service similar to Kroger's.
 
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