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How do we get groceries during a pandemic

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Here are some unconventional and new methods to getting groceries in Toronto!

With many of us staying at home and practicing physical distancing, grocery shopping has become problematic. We obviously need groceries, but with long line ups, crowded spaces and panic buying, it has become quite the process.  Of course, there are grocery stores offering pick up options (like PC and Walmart) and online ordering through companies like Instacart and Grocery Gateway, but those time slots are hard to come by.  As a result, many businesses are stepping up to the plate to help. Not only does this us get our groceries, but it is keeping people employed.

Highlighted below are some new and unconventional ways you can get your groceries! Who knows…maybe you will love these services so much, you won’t want to step into a grocery store again!

  1. Food Share – The Good Food Box

The Good Food Box has been a local program in Toronto for over 30 years.  The provide fresh, seasonal and local, high quality produce delivered to your door weekly.  Customers have options to purchase a small ($16) or large box ($22) of produce. Each purchase goes towards supporting Toronto’s “most nutritionally vulnerable through a variety of programs and initiatives”.  Typically, you can customize boxes but right now customization is not an option.

  1. Mama Earth Organics

Similarly, Mama Earth Organics is a well-known food delivery subscription in Toronto providing weekly, organic produce as well as seafood, eggs and bread. They also have pre-made healthy meals – how easy is that!  They have adopted various changes to their systems due to COVID-19. Their website advertises contactless delivery, increased sanitation practices and health screenings for staff. Definitely something to look for when choosing a grocery delivery company!

  1. Village Juicery

Village Juicery is Toronto’s first certified organic juicery, they have 3 prominent Toronto locations and now are offering NEXT DAY delivery!  Not only do they offer 100% vegan cold pressed juices and smoothies, vegan milks, but they have plant-based meals and personalized cleanses. Due to COVID-19 they have also added fresh produce delivery and pantry items (nuts, seeds, vinegar, gluten free flours).  They are truly stepping up to the plate! Click here to check out their awesome delivery menu.

  1. D&D Poultry

For over 20 years, poultry has been supplying the food industry in Ontario with chicken products including souvlaki, chicken tenders, burgers, and wings!  Their retail store in Scarborough is open to the public – with strict physical distancing procedures in place.  They have also revamped their website and now offer “online ordering” and GTA delivery.  There are some minimum orders in place so wait until you have some room to stock up your fridge and freezer.  With the warm weather approaching, it will be nice to start the grill!

  1. Support our farmers! Check out Brooks Farm

If you are wanting to support our Ontario farmers and avoid busy stores, then it may be worthwhile to take a nice country drive up to Mount Albert (45 minutes North of Toronto) to Brooks Farms. Once again, they have revamped their website and changed their business model to handle the changing food industry. You can get frozen fruit and vegetables, fresh produce, preservatives like maple syrup, FLOUR & YEAST (if you have not joined the baking bread trend, now you can!), dairy, meats and freshly baked breads and treats!  They offer curbside delivery and all you have to do is call in your order for SAME DAY pick up! Wow!

  1. Restaurants

As restaurants have been forced to close for dine-in service, many are still open for take-out which has been such a nice treat. Take out is even more enticing as they are able to offer alcohol and wine – so you can still get your favourite dish with your favourite cocktail!  A few restaurants are also taking the next step into the food industry and partake in grocery service and are offering produce, meal kits and even household items like toilet paper and hand soap!  Two well known franchises are Earls and Joeys.

It is especially important to support your local neighborhood favorite so that they are around when it comes time to re-open, so be sure to give them a call!

TLG is proud to offer grocery service in our fully furnished suites as an added benefit. Maple Leaf Square is conveniently located above a Longo’s grocery store for easy, indoor access just an elevator ride away.

Ask your corporate housing professional about our grocery service when booking!

Today Living Group is a leading provider of executive corporate furnished suites and customized property management of investment condos in Canada. TLG is a proud member of CHPA and The ASAP and has supplier diversity certification from WBE Canada and WE Connect as a proud Women Owned Business.

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