Farmers Markets, Restaurants, And CSAs Are The Grocery Store Alternative You’ve Been Searching For

Like Bob Dylan sang all those years ago, the times they are a changin’.

If shopping in person at the grocery store doesn’t have the same appeal it used to for you, you’re not alone but you are in luck. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, new grocery options are emerging. From restaurants becoming curated grocers to local farms, saying goodbye to the supermarket has never been more popular.

There are still so many families for whom shopping at a grocery store will remain the easiest, most cost-effective way to stock their pantries, and that’s okay. But just know that if you’re interested, there are alternatives out there.

Yellowbird Foodshed

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Yellowbird Foodshed wants all of its customers to be able to answer the question, “Who grew your food?” They work with over 100 food growers and producers from Ohio and they’ve got tons of options, from fresh produce to meat and dairy to traditional grocery items. Once you order your food via their website, there are two ways to get your items.

If you live within delivery routes in Central Ohio, you can have your goods delivered right to your front porch. Just put out a cooler and your order will be placed inside. If you aren’t on the delivery route, you can choose a community pickup option.


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FUSIAN may be known for their yummy sushi rolls, but they’re stepping up their response to the pandemic in an incredible way. FUSIAN wanted to eliminate the food that would be wasted from Restaurant supply wearhouses and they’re doing it with their new Grocery Delivery service.

Delivery is currently available within a 10-mile radius of all 10 of their Ohio locations and they’re currently charging $1 for delivery and offering 45 minute delivery times.

New Century CSA

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Just in case you’re wondering CSA stands for ‘Community Supported Agriculture’. But what does it mean? Well, it means that as a member, you get to know where your fresh produce is coming from. Through New Century CSA, the produce comes directly from their farm just outside Columbus and other partner farms in the area.

Through the CSA, you’ll sign up for a share of products with prices ranging by the size of your subscription. They have a variety of delivery routes and once you select your area, it will tell you when deliveries can be expected.

Worthington Farmers Market Drive-Thru

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The Worthington Farmers Market is typically an indoor affair, but they’ve set up an incredible drive-thru system in response to the pandemic. If you’d like to grab some goods, all you have to do is pre-order and pre-pay for your purchase. Then, the market will be open for drive-thru customers on Saturday mornings.

When you show up to pick up your food, you’ll wait in your vehicle and your order will be loaded into your trunk or car for you.

Franklinton Farms

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Think you can’t have farm fresh goodies while living that city life? You totally can! Franklinton Farms is not only participating in the Worthington Farmers Market drive-thru, but they also have porch pick-up available at 907 W. Rich Street.

You can order what you’d like on their website, then choose which pick-up option you prefer. You have to order by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday evening in order to pick up each Saturday. Discounts are available for SNAP/EBT and Franklinton neighbors.

Have a favorite non-traditional grocer you’d like to share with our community? Reach out to us here and we’ll get you added to the list.

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