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Virtual Farmers’ Markets: Nine ways to get local produce, grass-fed beef, & more delivered to your door

In our new social-distancing reality, grocery store delivery has gone from a luxury to a near-essential for many shoppers. And while many of the GTA’s farmers’ markets remain closed and may for the season, a number of local farmers and companies are starting to offer home delivery of fresh-from-the-farm local produce, dairy and meat. Here are some ways to safely buy local and support our local farmers while staying at home.

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The next few weeks are going to be challenging for us small farms that rely on farmers markets & restaurant business. We're already witnessing creative collaborations & new approaches, as we all adjust to this situation. Our farm is offering free home delivery: Thursday, March 19th to Toronto Sunday, March 22nd local in Clarington (Orono, Newcastle & Bowmanville) Outside these dates & areas, please message us to coordinate. If there are things that we don't grow that you're looking for (beef, lamb, honey, maple syrup, coffee, greens & root vegetables, microgreens, baked goods)…we would be happy to talk to our farmer & producer friends and get their product to you. Just comment below and we'll see what we can do. (1) Online through our website www.kendalhillsfarm.ca (2) DM'ing us Payment Options: Cash, Credit Card or E-Transfer We’ll send you a total for your order before delivery. Available from our farm: (A) Mushrooms (B) Eggs (C) Chicken (frozen) (D) Pork (frozen) (E) Bone Broth (F) Soap #localfood #eatlocal #LocalDirt #pasturedpoultry #forestraisedpork #organiceggs #mushrooms #MyPick #FeastON

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Kendal Hill Farms

Kendal Hill Farm’s virtual market features fresh produce, prepared meals, meats and pantry goods from producers affected by the loss of sales from restaurants and farmers’ markets. All orders are paid for in advance ($4.50 delivery charge) and the zero-contact delivery will be left in a cooler outside your door or in the lobby of your building.

All Sorts Acres Farm

This Grey County farm is offering downtown Toronto delivery of their small-batch sheep’s milk dairy products (including yogurt, cream cheese, kefir and gelato) and pasture-raised lamb meat and local wool. Drop-offs are either on home porches or building foyers every Tuesday.

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Taking inventory. Confession time – I’ve always been lackadaisical about inventory. From experience, I knew when it was time to send another animal to the butcher although we’d sometimes run out of stuff depending on timing, and our chicken gets pre-booked at the beginning of the season. Now though, as we’re doing deliveries and facing so much uncertainty, it feels really important to make sure you guys have access to lots of safe, delicious, local food. So many people keep saying thank you to us for doing deliveries so they can stay home, and we say thank you right back. You keep shopping; we’ll keep raising good food. Deal? ##### #localfood #pasturedmeats #familyfarm #wereinthistogether

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Field Sparrow Farms

This family-run farm in Bobcaygeon is doing free home deliveries on Mondays for orders of $50 or more. Customers can order their free-range pasture-raised chicken, grass-fed beef and Berkshire pork cuts, as well as poultry from Three Forks Farm and preserves and soups from Spade and Spoon.

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Quick update, All of the farmers markets that we attend are cancelled till further notice. We will be discussing ways of reaching customers in the near future beyond our online storefront and existing retail partners. If you need maple syrup, wild rice, dried mushrooms and other food supplies you can email us (forbes@wildfoods.ca) or use the online store www.wildfoods.ca. Just like everyone else we would really appreciate your business! We hope that everyone remains safe and calm, practices social distancing and keeps their hands clean. Just to note, none of the foods such as Chaga or Honey or Sweetgale that we sell will be any medicinal use for people who have contracted Covid-19 and we strongly suggest calling Telehealth or your local health services and seek proper treatment if you have been in contact with someone who has it or are exhibiting symptoms.

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Forbes Wild Foods

Looking for foraged flavours? This purveyor will deliver pickled and marinated wild vegetables, vinegars and other pantry goods to your door via Canada Post.

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Hi folks, Just a little update from the Monforte team as we all try and find a little peace (and cheese!) in these confusing times. As a food producer and an essential service, Monforte is committed to staying available in your communities and honouring social distancing by providing a one-way distribution system. Check website link in bio for most up-to-date info on markets, delivery and pick-up! In the meantime: – Call or text the hotline (519) 301-0198. If you don’t receive a text reply within 24 hours, give the number a call and talk to Daniel! – Free delivery of a $60 box within Stratford, London, KW, and Toronto every Friday! – We prefer e-transfers! – Finally, a big thanks and we ask that you continue to bear with us and support one another! Take good care, Ruth and the Monforte team

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Monforte Dairy

This Stratford-based fromagerie is now offering dairy delivery service. Text or call their door-to-door dairy delivery hotline for a $60 box (plus a $15 delivery fee) that includes a 1.5-kilogram assortment of hard and soft cow, goat and water buffalo cheeses.

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While our market managers are working hard to figure out a safe, responsible way to get the farmers markets up and going again so this thing doesn't spread like wildfire, we have decided to sell our veggies the ultimate social distancing way – to your door/porch, ✌️no contact! ✌️. . 💚No delivery fee! 💚No minimums! 💚Market prices remain the same! 💚Certified Organic! 💚Grown with love! . We are sending our van to the GTA this Saturday! Please visit our WEBSITE and hit BLOG and SUBSCRIBE to stay updated and learn how to order our veggies! (Link in bio). . ….. And something to do while your cooped up is read our blog! It's been up and going since 2008! Lots of organic farming stories on there!. . . . . . #sosnickistoragecrops #sosnickidelivery #covid_19 #socialdistancing #organicveggies #feedthepeople #loveontfood

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Sosnicki Organics

This Norfolk County farm offers no-contact drop-offs of their certified organic vegetables to GTA homes with no minimums or fees. Sold at market price, the produce might include cellar-friendly vegetables like celeriac, onions and beets, and prepared foods including frozen strawberries and pierogies.

Linc Farm

Southbrook Winery’s sister farm has expanded its delivery zone to Toronto, which means you can get all kinds of beefy and porky products (got room for a whole pig in your deep freeze?), as well as natural soap to keep washing your hands with.

Country Boys Produce

This local supplier provides locally grown produce to some of Toronto’s top restaurants, and now you can have it delivered to your home, too. Boxes of fresh fruit and veggies range from $30 to $40. Orders placed from Sunday to Thursday before 9 p.m. will be delivered next day. Orders placed on Friday and Saturday, will be delivered on Monday. Bonus: For every box purchased, Country Boys will donate a box to GTA residents in need.

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Fresh City Farms

Keep that farmers’ market vibe going straight through this crisis with regular deliveries of organic, small-batch and artisanal goods from local suppliers, courtesy of Fresh City Farms. There’s a $27 minimum order, plus a delivery fee of $3 to $3.50 that’s waived for orders of $75 and up. Delivery days vary by neighbourhood. Orders arrive between noon and 9 p.m., but you don’t need to be home. Note: For obvious reasons, there’s a surge in demand right now, but you can join the waitlist.

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