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Measures to slow the spread of coronavirus have completely changed Melbourne’s dining landscape, but our restaurants, bars and cafes are quickly adapting.
Many are supporting their regular produce suppliers by selling boxes of fresh, local and seasonal fruits and vegetables to customers. Some are pre-packing crates full of pantry staples such as pasta and rice, and some give you the option to add on wine, flowers, meats, pickles, coffee, chocolate and more.
These boxes make life in isolation easier, and, at the same time, gives us the chance to support local businesses who need us more than ever.
Arepa Days, Preston
This cosy South American cafe has transformed into an online food shop, and is now delivering arepas, free-range eggs, milk, chorizo, morcilla, coffee, avocados, limes, pulled beef and Portuguese custard tarts. Order online.
Bluebonnet Barbecue, Brunswick East
The Bluebonnet crew is selling its signature Texas-style barbequed meats to-go. Meats are cooked and ready to go – just heat them up at home. Choose from brisket, pork belly, smoked beef cheek, lamb shoulder, smoked chicken and more. Prices start at $17. More info here.
Bring Me Home, Melbourne
Bring Me Home began as an initiative to reduce food waste from hospitality venues, but has since shifted to home-delivery of fruit and veggie boxes. Boxes range from $45 to $79 and contain all the fresh produce you could need, from apples to zucchinis. Delivery is free and available within 20 kilometres of the CBD. More info here.
Earl Canteen, Cremorne
This Melbourne cafe chain wants you to keep eating well during lockdown. It’s offering a range of (mostly) ready-to-eat packs for pick-up and delivery. The Favourites Pack ($125) includes meatballs and poached chicken, hummus, a grain salad, sourdough, granola and more. There are also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free packs available (all $125). Plus, there’s a build-your-own option and a salad-only pack. Order online.
Early N Fresh, Knoxfield
This fruit and vegetable wholesaler has switched from supplying restaurants to home delivery, covering suburbs in Melbourne’s east and south-east. Minimum order is $50, but delivery is free. Order online.
The Farm Cafe, Abbotsford
The cafe at Collingwood Children’s Farm is now doing small ($65) and large ($110) produce boxes (with weekly subscription options). Plus you can add on sourdough loaves, free-range eggs, cheese, olives and Aussie beer and wine. It’s all available for pick-up and delivery. Menu and more information here.
The Flying Zucchinis
This new food-delivery business is offering free delivery to Melbourne’s inner suburbs. There are small ($29), medium ($49) and large ($79) fruit and veg boxes available, as well as weekly subscription option. Plus, sourdough loaves from North Melbourne’s Bread Club, free-range eggs and milk. Order online.
The Fruit Box Group, Melbourne
Ordinarily, this delivery service provides fruit for offices. It’s now delivering fresh fruit, vegies, milk and other staples directly to your home. No delivery fee, minimum order $37.50.
Henry Sugar, Carlton North
The team behind this Spanish-Australian wine bar is packing fancy grocery boxes for pick-up and delivery. The Lock Down Party Hamper is $185 and comes with batched cocktails, cheese, bread, bacon, pasta, saltbush and vinegar chips, and whisky ice-cream. You can also order a custom surprise birthday hamper for a friend in lockdown.
King & Godfree, Carlton
The Italian deli, bottle shop and espresso bar has returned to its 1884 roots as a grocer. Alongside alcohol and its regular staples – canned Sirena tuna, Val Verde tinned tomatoes, olive oil, cheese, meats and dry pasta – you’ll now find milk, butter, eggs and fresh fruit and veg, all of which can be delivered. No delivery fee, minimum order $50. Order online.
Little Black Pig, Heidelberg
This Italian restaurant in Melbourne’s north-east is offering a range of delivery boxes with ingredients such as coffee beans and free-range eggs, pork belly, ravioli, homemade gnocchi, seafood, bread, Italian wine and more grocery staples. Delivery is free within 15 kilometres of Heidelberg, and $15 elsewhere. More info here.
Lucky Penny, South Yarra
Now selling a range of groceries including fresh produce, bread, milk, rice, pasta, sauce, eggs and meat, as well as a $20 Survival Box (potatoes, onions, carrots, capsicums, tomatoes and oranges). Minimum order $40, pick-up only, must order ahead. More information here.
Andrew McConnell’s European wine bar has boxes of local vegetables available for pick-up on Saturdays for $60. There are mandarins, blood oranges, kent pumpkins, purple carrots and more, all from Transitions Farms. You can also add on bread, eggs and pantry essentials. More information here.
Matcha Mylkbar, St Kilda
Pick up a Vegan Survival Kit from this south-side cafe (or get it delivered if you’re within 20 kilometres). The Adora-Bowl pack ($50) has ingredients for smoothie bowls, porridge, matcha pancakes, milk, kombucha and more. The Plant-Based Lockdown pack ($100) contains the same products, plus with popcorn “chicken”, gnocchi, house-made vegan cheese, toilet paper and more. More information here.
Melbourne Food Hub, Alphington
This Alphington community centre is focused on growing fresh produce using sustainable farming techniques, then delivering it to your door in plastic-free packaging. Produce parcels range from $35 to $45 and contain a mix of seasonal fruit and veggies, as well as eggs. Vegan options are available. More info here.
Northside Fruit and Veg, Fitzroy
For $59.99, get a crate filled to the brim with in-season fruit and vegetables from this popular restaurant wholesaler. Home delivery to inner-city suburbs is included in the price. Limited quantities are available daily. Order online.
Small Graces, Footscray
The team is packing $60 fruit and veg boxes – “enough to feed a fam of four for four days”. Add-ons include milk (choose from cow or a range of non-dairy alternatives); Dench sourdough; eggs; granola and coffee. More info here.
Somerset Heritage Produce, Seymour
The team behind this four-acre vegetable farm has just launched an online store where you can shop heirloom tomatoes, daikon radish, pumpkin, herbs, eggs, raw honey, sourdough and more. Pick up at the property in Seymour, or in town at either Collingwood bakery To Be Frank or North Melbourne’s Small Batch Roasting Co. More info here.
Tanka Coffee, Carlton
Choose from three fruit and vegetable boxes priced between $25 and $35. Delivery to addresses on the same block as the cafe, otherwise pick-up is available. More information in Tanaka’s saved Instagram stories.
That’s Amore Cheese, Thomastown
One of Melbourne’s best cheesemongers has launched an online store with a new range of produce boxes ($40 to $90). They’re full of cheeses such as ricotta, bocconcini and mozzarella, as well as free-range eggs, fresh pasta, sauce, oil, milk and more. Delivery and pick-up are available. Order online.
Get fresh produce boxes for one ($29), two ($49) or four ($69) sourced from Northside Fruit & Veg. Orders are available for pick-up or delivery on Fridays. Add booze, bone broth, eggs, milk, rice and stacks of other pantry staples as needed. Shop online.
Victoria Whitelaw, South Yarra
This florist is pivoting to produce boxes for home delivery, with the option to add some fresh blooms. Boxes range from $60 for pantry essentials (onions, garlic, chilli, potatoes and more) to $85 for enough fruit and veg to last four people for a week. Order online.
This ready-made meal-delivery service is now also doing a range of fruit and veg boxes. Prices range from $24.95 for a fruit-only bag to $59.95 for a big seasonal fruit and veg box. More info here.
This article first appeared on Broadsheet on March 26, 2020. Menu items and pricing may have changed since publication.