Stores are selling three weeks’ worth of shipments in three hours to three days. Grocery stores and home delivery supply chain woes have driven people to start shopping online. But that’s now slowing down. Thrive Market is at 10+ days for order delivery and asking people to limit order size. Farm Fresh 2 You is starting to experience fresh food delays. Freshly, Daily Harvest and online meal ordering services are starting to see subscribers in droves. It probably won’t be long until they start reporting shipping delays. 

Food companies assure us there’s enough food in the U.S. to stock stores, the problem in getting it on shelves lies in logistics. So how do you find food if your choices are limited or non-existent? Simple, look to your local farm and food businesses that can ship and/or allow for curbside pick-up in your area. 

Photo courtesy of The Local Butch Shop

Butcher Shops offer Curbside Pick Up

In Washington, Oregon, and California, we have butcher shops. They have access. In Sacramento, Taylor’s Market and V.Miller Meats have beef, pork, and poultry. In Sonoma, Willowside Meats has a fully stocked market. Customers can call in and pick up orders. ‘In Berkeley, The Local Butcher Shop has partnered with Mercato to offer bean, egg, meat and bone broth delivery. 

Call a butcher in your local area and see what they may have. Their direct relationships with livestock producers and ranchers alter the access to food in the local supply chain. All local markets and butchers are taking extra precautionary measures in handling your food on top of what is already required by USDA regulations. 

Look For Regional Markets and Farms Who Can Ship 

While the larger, more established food and meal delivery services slow down, there are smaller businesses that can get you food. Rancho Llano Seco is shipping meat, dried goods and staples. They are working with customers on shipping costs. Larder Meat Co is offering one-time box shipments. In Portland, Real Good Food has customers place orders online or call, and they can pick up orders of food. In Oakland, Preserved Goods can help you stock up. 

Photo courtesy of Carnation Farms

Look for Pop-Up Farmers Markets and Roadside Food Stands

Farmer’s Markets are classified as “essential businesses” and can remain in operation. Many local growers and producers are participating in them. Search your local farmers’ markets to see if they have modified hours of operations. These are probably the easiest ways to get fresh produce quickly. 

Many local farmers also offer CSAs and are getting creative in getting you fresh produce. For example, Waxwing Farm in Mount Vernon, Washington, through Tilth Alliance, is working with Skagit Valley farms to create CSAs for Seattle area residents. They have the infrastructure to deliver and/or allow for delivery. The Carnation Farmstand in Carnation, WA and Working Hand Farm in Hillsboro, OR are fully stocked on fresh produce, eggs and chickens. They also have CSAs. 

Photo courtesy of Working Hand Farm

There are options to find dry goods and fresh foods. You just have to get a bit creative. What comes of it? You can avoid crowds, support local businesses that are struggling and even start to think differently about how you source your food. To find more local farms and ranches, visit http://www.localharvest.org