We can’t quite cross the borders yet, but our favourite wines, cheeses and more, can cross them to get to you. Now that dinner parties (with a select few) are back on the table, here’s a few delivery services that’ll help you not only support farmers and producers in your local region, and around Australia, but also impress your guests with unique Aussie flavours - along with your home baked sourdough of course.
First, Go Straight To The Source
One of the best ways to support our Aussie farmers and makers is shopping with them online, even if we can’t get there in person. Many of the small cheesemongers, pork farmers and chili sauce creators from remote Flinders Island to South West WA (and everywhere in between), don’t have the distribution channels that their bigger competitors do. So if you’ve been given a recommendation for a chutney, a cheese, an oil, or a wine, google it and order directly from the source. The cured prosciutto and sheep’s milk cheese you ordered from Tassie is sure to give you a story to discuss over your charcuterie board that’s better than one about a socially distanced trip to the supermarket.
If you’re not sure where to start, or haven’t been given a recommendation, here are a few options for discovering the best Aussie producers, with someone else doing the hard work. Aussies love wine, so it makes sense that most of our national delivery services are for wine. Looks like it’s time for a tour of Australia’s best wine regions, right?
Good value deals on wines from around Aus and around the globe, Vinomofo does up to 50% off some wines in their black market range - the catch being that you don’t know the winery until they arrive at your front door. It’s a great way to sample drops from different areas of Australia with someone else making the choice for you.
With an almost all-Australian range of wines, Naked Wines use a subscription model where wine drinkers (that’s us) pay $40 a month to fund independent winemakers, and in return you get wines at wholesale prices. You can rate and review each wine, and read others reviews, to help you choose the ones that are right for you.
Good Pair Days
Starting with an online palate quiz, your tastes are recorded and the knowledgeable team - including a three-time sommelier of the year winner, hand pick wines you’re bound to love. You can get personal recommendations, or choose from the range yourself, and when they rock up at your door, you’ll get food pairing and recipe recommendations to match. You can also tune in to tasting conversations on zoom, or Instagram and Facebook live.
We couldn’t do a list of delivery services and leave the beer out; it’d be unaustralian. Beer Cartel is the Dan Murphy’s of craft beer, stocking brews from countries right around the world. Click on the Australia section and you’ll find over 1500 different search results. They’ve also got a self-isolation ‘quarantinnie’ pack for a tour around the country one can at a time.
New South Wales
Ooooby - Sydney
Started out of a backyard garden in Sydney’s Newtown with 12 customers, Oooby now delivers fresh organic products from local farmers and producers all across Sydney. There’s fresh fruit and veg from local farms, but also a range of products from bone broths to fresh baked goods, sauces, nuts and seeds, dairy-free cheeses, flours, eggs and more.
Hillview Farms - Sydney
Similar to Ooooby, these guys work with a bunch of local farmers, a dairy, and producers, to deliver fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, Brickfields Bakery sourdough bread,, herbs and more.
Farmer Foster - Northern Rivers & Gold Coast
If you’re on the Northern Rivers or the Gold Coast, Farmer Foster delivers organic seasonal veggies from the farm straight to the door. They also have a sister store, The Farmer’s Store where you can order locally made spices, sauces, cheese, coffee, skin care products, cleaning products, baby products and plenty more. If you order on the same day, the products will arrive with your veggie box.
Scenic Rim Farm Box - Brisbane & Gold Coast
A collaboration between Scenic Rim farmers, producers and the local council, these boxes are fully customisable and can include fruit,vegetables, meat, cheeses, relishes, chutneys, and even skin care products. Plus you can throw in local beer, wine and cider too, if you fancy a weekend tipple, and want to support local.
Organic Box - Adelaide
Similar to the Scenic Rim farm box, Organic Box collates a bunch of fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, dairy products, organic skin care, health and beauty products from the South Australian region. You can choose between standard boxes, paleo boxes, meat, or vegetable only boxes, or you can mix and match to create your own.
Your Grocer - Melbourne
Melbournians can make the most of someone else doing the shopping for them, while also supporting local businesses by using, ‘Your Grocer’. Delivering from more than 60 local shops (supporting local is just as important as supporting our regional areas too), if you order before 11am, you’ll get the delivery the same day!
The Organic Collective - Perth
Working with local and only organic farmers around Perth, The Organic Collective delivers seasonal goods from the farm to your door. Aside from the fruit and vegetables, they stock a whole range of household products including organic groceries like pasta sauces, eggs, rice, snacks, oils, and even eco cleaning products.
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