Lately, grocery stores have been a growing concern for the spreading of germs, availability of certain items and the impact it is having on household finances. Across York Region, many local farms have made it possible to easily access local, farm-fresh foods, all while practicing social distancing during this pandemic.
Here are some places you can order and pick up farm-fresh foods from and support your local farmer.
Beretta Farms, 4400 15th Sideroad, King – 416-674-5609
Beretta is offering To-Go Meals. Place your order online by 12pm for delivery within 48 hrs between Monday and Friday. All items are fully cooked, by may require some reheating. Meals can last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Brooks Farms, 122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert – 905-473-3246
The farm is open daily from 9am – 5pm with curbside pick-up and delivery (in Mount Albert only) orders available. They have everything from the essential items to grains to dairy to produce to meats to pantry items. Place your order through www.madebyafarmer.com
Niemi Family Farm, 18463 ON-48, Mount Albert – 289-716-4586
Niemi Family Farm offers a variety of items for purchase. They have casseroles, soups, bread, baked goods, flowers, seeds and more. Place your orders online, via text or by calling them directly. Minimum online order of $40 is required.
If you are looking only for meat, there are 2 options in York Region that offer a little something for everyone.
AE Natural Meats, 19619 McCowan Rd., Mount Albert – 905-955-5749
If you are looking for chicken, lamb and beef give them a call. All you have to do is place your order and schedule a time for pick up. When you arrive, staff will bring your order out to the trunk of your car.
King Cole Ducks Ltd., 15351 Warden Avenue, Whitchurch Stouffville – 905-836-9461
Are you looking for fresh duck? Place your order online between Monday and Friday from 8am – 5pm and receive your order within 24hrs! When you arrive, open your trunk and call the farm. The staff will place your order in the trunk, so you can be on your way.
It is not only food that people are trying to find local alternatives for. Homeowners are looking for local microbreweries to support rather than the big box Beer Store or LCBO.
If beer is your thing, here are some great options within York and Durham Region.
The Rouge River Brewing Company in Markham is taking online orders. Arrange a curbside pickup from Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit your order by 11am for same day delivery.
Enjoy premium craft beer without leaving the comfort and safety of your home. Brock Street Brewing Co will be offering free drop deliveries of online purchases over $35 within Durham Region.
Old Flame Brewery in Port Perry is offering free delivery across Durham region. Get free delivery on all beer orders over $50.
The Second Wedge Brewing Co. in Uxbridge is keeping their bottle shop open with beer- to-go in cans. There are many options available to enjoy a fresh brew at home. They are offering free same day delivery to local homes and they have opened up a drive-thru pickup, where your order can be ready within 15 minutes.
If wine is more of what you are looking for, local wineries are remaining open for curbside pick-up and delivery in York and Durham Region.
Order online from Holland Marsh Wineries in Newmarket and have the option of having your order ready for patio-side pickup or delivered locally.
Archibald’s Winery in Bowmanville is offering free shipping. You can give them a call at 1-905-263-2396 to place your order with free delivery. They are also offering curbside service. Pull into their parking lot, call in with your order, and they will bring your order out to your car.
There are many other local wineries and breweries in your neighbourhood that have remained open during this time. For a complete, comprehensive list, visit yorkdurhamheadwaters.ca/brews-and-booze-to-go/. Let’s keep supporting our local businesses.