Coronavirus in Austin: Where to buy groceries for curbside pick-up or delivery – Food and Dining – Austin American-Statesman
It is a difficult time to buy groceries. Austinites are required to wear a mask in public, and many grocery stores limit the number of people who can be indoors at all times to maintain social distance.
In the six weeks since the pandemic started, it has been almost impossible for me to schedule a roadside pickup or delivery from Austin’s major supermarkets. Local community-based farming programs also sell out for the spring and summer seasons.
As groceries scramble to expand their capacity, shoppers can do things to help grocery store staff keep up and buy the groceries and supplies they need without venturing into already crowded stores.
• Consider shopping in other grocery stores in addition to the large supermarkets. Arlans, Fresh Plus, Sprouts, Wheatsville Food Co-op, health food retailers, and international grocery stores like MT Supermarket, Hana World Market, 99 Ranch Market, or H-Mart are great options, as are Mexican meat markets, including La Hacienda or La Michoacana. Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Big Lots have a wide variety of shelf-stable goods with some refrigerated items, as do Walgreens and CVS.
• Austin has dozen of small markets that are open selling everything from pantry staples to fresh meat. These include: Quality Seafood Market, Longhorn Meat Market, Johnny Gs Butcher Block, Filled Cajun Meat Market, Dias Market, Dai Due, Salt & Time, Antonelli’s Cheese Store, Thom’s Market, Royal Blue Grocery, Sauer Duck Market, Sanford Sourdough Bakery, Great Harvest Bread Co. , Rebel Cheese, Rabbit Food, Con Olio and Second Street Farm are marketed in Taylor.
• Sifted, a grocery startup that delivered cook-controlled lunches to corporate offices in Austin and a handful of other major cities, now sells grocery boxes of over a week’s worth of groceries, including pantry staples, meat and fresh produce. Boxes start at $ 175, and each order includes six recipes to consume some of the ingredients. The company donates all leftovers to the Austin-based nonprofit Serafina, which helps seniors with health problems.
• The demand for curbs and deliveries has been so high that it is almost impossible to schedule an appointment with major retailers like HEB, Walmart, Target and Whole Foods. To reduce this demand, you can place pre-orders with online companies including Imperfect Produce, Hungryroot, Thrive Market, Heritage Foods, Butcher Box, and Boxed.
• Most community-sponsored agriculture programs (CSAs) in the Austin area are full and no longer accepting customers, but SnackShare, Loconomy, 44 Farms, Windy Hill Foods, Country Farm, Barton Springs Mill, Ranger Cattle and Rosso & Flynn are examples of these companies in central Texas that sell local meat, dairy, produce, and flour and are still attracting new customers for the delivery. After a brief shutdown due to too many orders, Farmhouse Delivery still has a waiting list but should be adding new customers soon.
• The Austin area farmers’ markets are still open but with some adjustments. You can find more information about these food access points here.
• Restaurants including the Alamo Drafthouse, Contigo and the Waterloo Ice House have turned to add groceries on the side of the road and on delivery. An updated list of these companies can be found here.
• Epicerie and a yoga studio called Alive and Well have grocery boxes that cost about $ 100 and contain produce, dairy, meat, and even toilet paper. Following these companies on social media is the best way to find out about their availability and ordering options.
• Catering companies like Royal Fig are also starting online ordering of groceries, including produce, meat, eggs, for pickup and / or delivery. You can also buy meals for heating and eating on the Royal Fig website, royalfigcatering.square.site.
• Contract Oak Distilling has an online marketplace where people can buy staples such as meat, bread, produce, cheese, toilet paper, and bottled water for pickup or delivery.
• Grocery wholesalers like Hardie’s and Brother’s now sell boxes of products directly to customers for either delivery or collection.
If you can get into a store, be patient. Last month, HEB shared shopping tips so the staff at work can keep up with the shelves being replenished and call customers as quickly and safely as possible:
• When you pull a product off the shelf, pull the next item forward.
• Pack your own groceries.
• Throw the trash in your shopping cart.
• Return your shopping cart to the front of the store, not the hurdles in the parking lot.
• Be nice and shop for your neighbors if you can.