How to Support Independent Food Companies During Covid 19 and Beyond.
Right now, we are living in a state of uncertainty and adapting to a new life – which as we all know has limited our lives in multiple ways. Getting groceries being a major one. Supermarkets are trying their hardest… but with added risk and over-servicing, they are facing their problems also. As you know I’ve always been an advocate of supporting the local farms, championing small businesses and shopping sustainable where possible – and now more than ever this seems like the perfect opportunity to support the businesses doing their bit for the country. From well-known brands such as Abel and Cole and Rude Health through to my favourite artisan companies that have featured time and time again across my platform.
This list is a list for you. It’s a list for me. And it’s a list for those who love good food – even more so when it’s doing something good for the planet. I’ve done all the hard work, so you don’t have to, listing only the brands that are working closely with their suppliers and supplying to you on-demand, online – keeping you safe at home and their business going.
I want to keep this list updated as regularly as possible, so if you know of a company doing great things, please let me know. Drop me an email at email@example.com or send me their profiles on any of my Bettina’s Kitchen social media accounts.
During this time, we have been made to stay apart, but through our connection and love for food, we can join together in the safest way possible. If you are in the market for any of the below categories – please do consider buying from one of these brands (or multiple!) and when we are back to our own normality in the coming months do keep these brands in mind for future purchases – the food community need us to build them back up again. And we can help do that, one purchase at a time.
Fruit and Vegetable (plus add-ons)
Odd Box [London only] – putting an end to food waste, odd box saves unusable and wonky produce from being wasted and their home boxes are the perfect addition to your weekly menus.
The Tomato Stall – these Isle of Weight tomatoes allow you to stock up on all your juicy tomato varieties from fresh, roasted, juiced and more. In hamper, box scheme and individual options.
Andreas Veg – high-quality fruits and vegetables all picked for the finest quality is now available online with free local delivery [London] and essential groceries from small artisan companies available too.
Riverford Organics – chose between organic recipe boxes, seasonal organic boxes or fruit and veg boxes – meat add-on’s available. Limited availability – keep your eyes peeled for new dates released for new customers.
Abel and Cole – selling boxes of their best-selling and essential products from local and independent suppliers including organic fruit and veg, meat+fish, pantry and more. Limited availability – keep your eyes peeled for new dates released for new customers.
Detox Kitchen [London only]– healthy restaurant and meal plan company Detox Kitchen have created essential fruit and veg boxes with brunch and fridge fill options.
Wembley Park Market [London only]– the go-to independent market has collaborated with Bread Ahead and New Covent Garden Market to offer fresh goods from organic fruits and veg, artisan bread and in-demand store cupboard essentials to be packaged for collection from Wembley Park Market and other orders can be made online.
The Arty Vegan – [London Only] – vegan handmade ‘dairy’ products from original and flavoured cheeses, soya mylks and their famous Hot Hot Chutney.
Kinda Co. – award-winning dairy-free cheeses promising dairy-free delights for everyone. Brand-new care packages are complete with a range of small and local business store-cupboard staples.
Belazu – responsibly sourced Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ingredients including olives, pestos, oils, vinegar, grains, pasta and other kitchen staples. With free shipping over £40 and 50% off snacks.
Clear Spring UK – organic and premium Japanese, European and Macrobiotic ingredients including oils, miso, rice, noodles, tofu and sea vegetables. [up to 7 days for delivery – for an urgent delivery please ask for DPD at checkout]
Rude Health – dairy-free drinks, cereals and granola, snacks and flour blends with a great gluten-free and vegan range.
Wunder Workshop - known for their ethos of consuming with purpose their turmeric and high-vibed plant-based mylk lattes, teas, honey and chocolate bars are the ultimate bliss buy.
Hodmedods – working closely with British farmers to provide dried and canned pulses, grains and flour blends that are organic where possible but always high-quality and sustainably sourced. Their available now button is great to see what’s currently in stock.
Odysea LTD – best-loved and traditional Greek and Mediterranean ingredients including oils, mezze, dips, vinegar and jarred vegetables. [Limited availability on certain lines]
Sous Chef – the one-stop-shop of hard-to-find and world ingredients from baking blends to seasonings and truffles. Sous Chef also has a great range of dried and canned pulses, grains, pasta and flours.
The Korean Pantry – this small artisan business has the most delicious kimchi variants from Mak to Vegan. Their subscription box is a perfect introductory gift.
Dove’s Farm – have introduced their organic flour baking box, available 1 per household - 10 of their best-loved and kitchen staple products from flour, to pasta and breakfast products to help provide everyone with what they need.
Gourmet Spice Co. Rubs, aged balsamic, infused oils and flavoured salts are all available here to give your food a flavour hit and fusion attitude. [Free delivery over £20]
House of Fine Foods – an online marketplace who has curated a collection for all of your essential needs. From kitchen staples such as seasonings, chutneys, pestos to the more unique relishes and sauces with a range of free-from products and all from local suppliers.
Pre-Packed Meals or Recipe Kits
Pasta Evangelists – the fresh pasta recipe box delivering fresh restaurant-quality pasta boxes so you can make gourmet meals in minutes. Their Pasta Care box donates £5 to Age UK and delivers 3 delicious pasta meals to friends, family and colleagues who need a little pasta pick-me-up.
Pizza Pilgrams – craving a pizza but your favourite pizzeria is shut? Why not try Pizza Pilgrams at home frying pan kits for delicious cook from scratch pizza with unlimited toppings (depending on what’s in your fridge – the possibilities are endless)
DabbaDrop [London only] London’s first plastic and emissions-free takeaway service are offering healthy vibrant curries, rotis and delicious dahls that can be delivered to your door on a weekly or fortnightly subscription (with the option to pause at any time) in sustainable tiffin boxes which are oven-proof – making this ready-to-heat and enjoy!
Straight from the Farm
Farmdrop – [London Only] delivering local and organic veg, fruit, meat and more from hundreds of local and independent producers straight from their farms to your doors. Limited availability - Farmdrop opens new delivery slots at 4 pm every day.
Daylesford Farms – organic farm Daylesford have both their online shop and local farm shops open for delivery. From award-winning food, drink, larder items and household goods including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy, bakery items and larder essentials.
Natoora [London, Oxford and Cambridge only] – the premium fruit and vegetable company supplying restaurants across the country has gone consumer-friendly on their app allowing you to get seasonal fruits, vegetables, sustainably produced dairy+meats, store cupboard essentials and natural wines delivered to your door.
Pale Green Dot [London, Sussex, Surrey and West Kent]– delivering only the best quality and locally grown farm produce and other groceries their veg and staples box is a much-needed purchase.
Balgove – based in Fife this beautiful Scottish larder is a farm shop selling beautifully grown, handmade and prepared foods. Shop meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables, ready meals, bakery and more. They have everything you need to create a fantastic local feast – delivery across the UK.
Farms to Feed Us – looking for something more local to you? Check out Farms to Feed Us who are curating a list of local and sustainable farms across the country to help connect farmers with consumers during Covid-19. Farms to Feed Us has everything you need in their database for the items you are searching for from microgreens, vegetables, boxes, fruits, wines and more. Check out their public database here which includes local and national delivery details.
Snacks and Treats
My Lady Garden Flowers - this gorgeous small run business delivers high-quality and locally sourced flowers straight to your door.
Deborah’s Bakery – a local one-person operation bakery in York is creating her unique and delicious bakes from her kitchen. Her GF brownies are a delicious treat.
Elizabeth D Bakes – gluten-free + vegan cakes and bakes are Elizabeth’s speciality and her hampers or individual buys are sure to get you the sweet hit you need.
The Little Bakery of Happiness – an award-winning small gluten-free bakery in Northamptonshire hand-baking sweet and savoury snacks for all. They also have different flours and pre-made packets in their Bake Yourself Happy at Home range.
Myshrooms - adaptogenic shrooms snacks including SNYKER Bars and Shroom Jerky packed with tonics and herbs.
Good and Proper Tea – get the nation’s favourite drink through a sustainable artisan brand who brew loose tea leaves and now offering larger work from home bags and every £1 token added to you order goes towards a weekly tea delivery to London NHS hospitals.
Positive Bakes – Plant-based cakes that made a difference – these sustainable and allergy-friendly cakes are free from all nasties and additives and larger orders come frozen so you can save and savour for longer. Order one-off or subscribe to their cake club. Plus, every single cake purchase you make on the website is matched like for like and donated to an NHS front-line staff and volunteer to spread the act of kindness of cake even further (until 30th June 2020)
Raretea – this delicious independent company based in London offers rare and exquisite loose teas directly to the consumer and their monthly tea subscriptions are a great gift or treat to yourself each month.
From Restaurant to Table
Plates London – the beautiful London vegan restaurant has gone online with products all following their incredible ethos. Hampers range from Fruit and Veg gummies and jams to Lux Cacao.
Pophams Bakery [Hackney and Islington only] – Islington’s cosy bakery and café who specialise in sourdough and pastries are delivering their best-loved products right to your door.
Arabica– grab some meze to your door from Middle Eastern specialists Arabica. Plus, their new lockdown falafel kits [London only] are the perfect Friday night special treat for all the family to get stuck into. Their [nationwide] shop also has a whole range of store-cupboard ingredients from Turkish delights, preserved lemons and tahini.
Benares [London only] – the fine-dining Indian restaurant is now available in your home. Plus, every order received, Benares will donate to an NHS worker in their local area. Fancy a Benares, but you don’t live in London, they’re offering private deliveries – just check their website for more details.
Crosstown Doughnuts [London only] – independent London operators Crosstown doughnuts and The Estate Diary and Millers Bakery have banded together to offer delivery to your home so you can still get your dough-fix along with essential products of fruit, veg, bread and more – also available in vegan formats. Order before 1 pm for free next day delivery.
Dominique Ansel – bring the bakery to your home with DA’s at home bread, pasta and sauces service with bake at home items coming soon. Their cronuts, afternoon teas and savoury items menu are all available online also.
Social Pantry – the seasonal London based catering events company have gone consumer-friendly with their delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner packs (to also include wine + beers) delivered right to your door and championing their incredible small suppliers.
Food Waste & Food Sharing Charities
Made in Hackney – is a local community food kitchen that believes everyone should have access to healthy, affordable food that is not only good to them but also to the planet. Their emergency Covid-19 fundraiser is helping to feed vulnerable people at a time of crisis and it’s super easy to get involved and donate your time, money or effort.
Felix Project Volunteer [London] – powered by volunteers The Felix Project aims to create a cleaner, fairer London by helping to retribute surplus food to those who need it the most across the city. They are currently not looking for any new volunteers but there are so many other ways you can get involved.
Olio – the free food waste app that helps connect you with those in your neighbourhood and share unwanted and surplus foods. They are currently doing their #Cook4Kids and #Cook4Carers campaigns where you can sign up and donate home-cooked meals to school children who normally receive school meals or the frontline workers who are working so hard in keeping our country healthy and well. A brilliant campaign that I am so proud to be part of.
Donate 19 – Cooking for NHS Workers – you donate, we cook, they eat. This volunteer-led project wants to celebrate and cook for those who are looking after us, providing food, ingredients and more to the frontline staff and volunteers that need it the most. You can donate ingredients, home-cooked meals and money to this wonderful campaign.
CHOOSE LOVE – providing emergency support for refugees, this online store sells real products with every single purchase gifted towards a similar item for those in need. The store includes essential and practical items such as nappies, wash bags, medical care and more.
Too Good to Go – the food waste revolution app is a community of waste warriors fighting against food waste by providing you at-home meals and products from the shops, stores and food professionals around you. Just check what’s available near you and collect to save excess food going to waste. They have also just launched their #supportlocal campaign where you can purchase bags of food from local suppliers to help them keep their businesses going through the Too Good to Go app.
Food Cycle Volunteer – want to help those in your community? Food Cycle has volunteer options from collection, cooking, delivery and more. Food Cycle believes that no one should ever be hungry or lonely and want to nourish their communities by using surplus food and a little bit of love. There are so many ways to get involved, especially right now.
UK Harvest [Sussex] – this amazing food education charity helps collect quality excess food from commercial sites such as supermarkets and entertainment outlets and delivers it, free of charge, to charities in need. This helps them to provide those vulnerable and in need of high-quality produce.