Grocery shopping is just one of the many (many, many) aspects of life that have changed under stay-at-home orders and social distancing, and it’s a big one. People everywhere have had to get creative with where, when and how they acquire groceries. At the same time, restaurants, farms and other businesses are trying to find innovative ways to provide services and keep their businesses afloat.

The result? Now you can buy eggs from your local lunch spot and flour from the bakery down the street.

If you haven’t discovered such options in your area, here are some places you may want to check out, especially if you’ve been struggling to find high-demand staples from traditional grocery stores.

Restaurants

Izenberg’s Deli
401 Fayette Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Local favorite Izenberg’s Deli is offering select grocery staples and produce along with a large variety of prepared foods and deli items for curbside pickup or delivery.

Panera Bread
Multiple Locations
With Panera Grocery, you can order groceries from your neighborhood Panera Bread for contactless delivery or curbside pickup. Options include fresh produce, dairy items like cheese and yogurt, plus their popular bagels, bread and bakery treats.

Ruby Tuesday
Multiple Locations
With their new offering, Ruby’s Pantry, you can select from a special menu of bulk meats, cheeses, pantry items and more.

Iron Hill Brewery
Multiple Locations
Popular local chain Iron Hill is going beyond burgers and bar treats. They’ve added Craft Kits with make-at-home meal options, as well as grocery staples available in bundles or a la carte.

Founding Farmers
255 Main Street, Suite 180
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Founding Farmers is offering Family Grocery Packs, which include selections of protein, eggs, fresh produce and pantry essentials, plus an a la carte market menu with everything from house-made pasta to hand soap.

Food Suppliers

The Chef’s Warehouse
Delivery available to Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery Counties.
The Chef’s Warehouse, a food supplier that typically serves the restaurant industry, is currently selling directly to consumers. Build a custom order of restaurant-quality food, including bulk meats, produce, dairy products and more, often at lower prices than you’d find in the grocery store.

FarmArt
1111 E. Ashland Avenue
Folcroft, PA 19032
This PA restaurant wholesaler specializes in fresh fruit and vegetables, locally sourced whenever possible. And now, you can now shop with them for a huge array of grocery items, from cage-free eggs to hot sauce, with next-day delivery to areas throughout PA.

Giordano Garden Groceries
1612-1620 S. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Giordano offers a Fresh Essentials Box stocked with popular fruits, vegetables and dairy items delivered for a low, flat rate. If you want to up your breakfast game, Brunch Boxes, complete with eggs, fruit, danishes and more, are now available as well.

Farms and Farm Boxes

Merrymead Farm
2222 S. Valley Forge Road
Lansdale, PA 19446
This popular, family-run dairy farm in Montgomery County offers a variety of locally grown fruit and vegetables in season, plus baked goods and more. But definitely be sure to “scoop” up some homemade ice cream while you’re there.

Urban Roots Farm
395 Bishop Hollow Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Choose from a variety of fresh, in-season vegetables and herbs or subscribe to one of their subscription farm boxes to get the latest and greatest items delivered weekly.

Wildkale
Delivery available throughout PA.
Buy the freshest local food directly from area farms, just like you would at your favorite farmer’s market – but it’s all online. Just enter your zip code to see the offerings from your local farms, and have your selections delivered the next business day.

Misfits Market
Based in Philadelphia, delivery available throughout PA.
Misfits Market sources fresh, organic produce that farms and stores can’t sell due to minor imperfections to deliver great-tasting (possibly funny-looking) food to your door. Choose your subscription box size and delivery frequency, and help break the cycle of food waste.

Bakeries

Baking at home is having a major moment during quarantine 2020. So much so that flour and other baking essentials have been in high demand. Bakeries are stepping up and selling flour and yeast in addition to their usual offerings. Check out one of these local spots for baking items like these and maybe pick up a treat while you’re there.

The Bakery House
604 W. Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19019

Conshohocken Bakery
79 Jones Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428

Many of these options not only save you a trip to the store, they may just help save a small business right in your own community.

Know of one we’ve missed? Email info@elementaryconnections.com to let us know, so we can add them to the list! You can also check out our list of delivery and takeout restaurants.