Tired of fruitlessly searching for stores online that ship real fresh food to locations that aren’t in the middle of huge cities? Me too. I found a few that might be decent. As this pandemic continues, it is likely that we’ll see grocery stores that do delivery expand their delivery radius to anywhere from 50 to 75 miles outside a store, but that’s small comfort for people who truly live in the middle of nowhere. Anyway hope this saves you some time. I have a special liking for Native American-produced foods and for supporting the efforts of monks, nuns, and other clergy, so you’ll find a lot of that in this post. I had to take down the Made In America store because it sells Confederate Flag merchandise. Boo, hiss!
Special thanks to Uproxx for making the search easier. https://uproxx.com/life/buy-native-american-food-for-delivery/
Target I was wrong. Target does NOT deliver frozen foods everywhere. It just delivers within a certain radius around each store.
NEW 7/10/2020: Meal Subscription Boxes
NEW 5/3/2020: SEEDS, SOIL, GARDEN, AND PLANTS
Promix Potting Soil
Various garden items for porch gardening
Baker Creek Seed
This company gave out tons of free seeds after the hurricane hit in 2018.
Arbor Day Foundation
CHEESE AND MEATS
Wisconsin River Meats
Wisconsin Cheese Mart
Note: I’ve bought cheese from here. It’s good quality.
Butcher Box’s items are ridiculously expensive, but if you can afford it, this stuff is said to be the best of the best.
Consistently decent quality.
Consistently good quality spices.
A cut above Frontier. Higher price, though.
My favorite jerky, ever. I have a serious problem with this stuff. I can’t stop eating it.
Hi-Country Snack Foods
No idea if this stuff is good or not.
SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBS
For the record, no, do not use these as any kind of disinfectant or medical treatment during this pandemic. Use CDC approved disinfectants, use antibacterial disinfectant wipes, use hand sanitizer or straight Everclear to sanitize your hands, and wash your hands correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7KxHDDgeA4 Now is not the time for touting essential oils as cure-alls.
It is superior to the rest!
These are supplements of exceptional purity and quality. In my experience.
Huge selection. Seems to be decent quality.
Living Earth Herbs
I’ve tried a lot of herb shops. This has been the best, consistently, hands down.
Bob’s Red Mill
Every kind of flour, including gluten free and paleo. They sell non-GMO masa harina and aluminum-free baking soda. At this time they’re mostly out of regular flour.
King Arthur Flour
Same deal with being out of a lot of different kinds of flour. They also sell yeast. Which they are also currently out of.
They have a surprisingly large selection of shelf-stable food.
Walmart and Amazon
Since most of what’s in a Walmart is shelf-stable anyway, they and Amazon have pretty much cornered the market on shipping out preserved food. I mention them here because they’re fairly reliable and cheap. But I don’t condone shopping there because of the way they treat their workers. I’d say if you had to choose the lesser evil, choose Walmart.
Granite Mill Flour
Montana Gluten Free
Note: oats contain avenin, a protein similar to gluten that not all people can digest. If you have celiac disease, avoid these products.
I recommend Nuts.com. They sell products at a reasonable price and their stuff is high quality for the most part.
Red Lake Nation Foods
This online shop has stuff like wild rice and popcorn, plus some other cool stuff.
They sustainably produce rice and ramen.
Asian Food Grocer
They sell Asian snacks, rice, ramen, and things like that
Buy heirloom tepary beans in bulk here.
Native Seeds – temporarily not selling anything
I usually buy seeds for my garden here but they also sell bulk products from the Southwest like flour and whatnot.
Bow and Arrow
Non-GMO cornmeal. You know how hard it is to find non-GMO cornmeal?!
Cream of the West
Hot breakfast cereal and Montana honey
North Woods Peanut Butter
Round Eye Supply
Various bulk shelf-stable food, intended mostly for restaurants and businesses
Pizza Dough Mix
Literally just that, made by some dude in Montana.
A lot of bulk food from around the world
Russian Food USA
Russian food products
SNACKS AND MISCELLANY
Made In Oregon
These nut thins are not very high in calories but they’re very tasty.
Southwest Indian Foundation
COOKIES AND SWEETS
Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes
These are made by monks of the Cistercian Order.
Fruitcakes and fudge made by Trappist monks.
Alternative Baking Company
Really good cookies. They’re also vegan.
Monastery Fruitcake at Holy Cross Abbey
Fruitcake, fudge, and creamed honey made at Holy Cross Abbey.
Redwoods Monastery Store
Honey, cards and icon prints made at Redwoods Monastery
CANDY AND CHOCOLATE
Equal Exchange – note: they also sell excellent coffee and tea
Pine Mountain Chocolates
Artisan Chocolate Fudge and Truffles
These are made by Brigittine Monks.
BREAKFAST BARS AND TRAIL BARS
I used to survive on these things.
Heart Thrive Cakes
Not to be judgmental or anything, but the apricot flavor is the best and if you don’t think so you’re wrong.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Since Farmbox Direct doesn’t have much competition it is difficult to tell if it’s worth buying or not. It’s expensive. Up to you. I have never used it because of the price.
More of a pain to deal with than the other options, Local Harvest is a search engine that helps you find farmers in your local area. This is going to be your best bet for truly fresh produce, but chances are you’ll have to drive out and pick it up, so this isn’t a truly online option. That said, it’s still probably safer than driving to the local grocery store.
I recommend Chewy. I’ve ordered from them before and they are great at what they do. They also sell kitty litter and pet products in general.
BONUS: TOILET PAPER AND OTHER STUFF
Various zero-waste products
Who Gives A Crap Recycled Toilet Paper
No. 2 Toilet Paper
Bamboo Toilet Paper
To find more places that sell food online, try putting ‘Made in [your state here] buy online’ into a search engine. You might be surprised.
Next post I will be covering how to grow your own vegetables and herbs in pots, from materials bought online. Stay tuned.