Food 52: The 20 Beloved Indie Grocers We're Browsing Online by Coral Lee

The 20 Beloved Indie Grocers We're Browsing Online

They are ready for you.


Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.

I was manning the Hotline early last week, when Hallie from D.C. wrote in: “What independent online grocers (not Whole Foods, Stop & Shop) can I buy from during the quarantine?” Pfft, easy, I thought.

Nothing is as hard (or as heartbreaking) as explaining to a community member that their roux is unsalvageable (Kelly, wherever you are out there, I’m sorry I got to you too late!). But as I began to shop for groceries myself on the World Wide Web, I realized that this was, actually, a very good question.

How are we supposed to seek out safe and reliable (and affordable) food, amid COVID-19, while also making sure our dollars are going toward small, ethical, goodbusinesses? It’s challenging, near impossible, to feel certain around our consumption choices when things around us are less so.

While few and far between, they do exist and are ready to fuel your spike in at-home cooking. Here are over 20 wonderful online food vendors to support, without leaving your home—from convenient one-stop shops, to stellar specialty purveyors, to some newly-online farms across the country.


Non-Essential Essentials

So, while tins of seafood, dried meats, or bottles of olives may not be totally necessary pantry grabs, I’ve never regretted grabbing any of the above while uninspired at the grocery store. These tins of umami make pantry recipes taste more exciting than, well, your pantry. (Also, what can’t you make with a tin of fish?)

18. Gotham Grove

If you, like me, are using quarantine to delve into the wonderful, bubbly world of Korean tofu stews, GG has you covered—I’ve got my eye on that three-year-old doenjang.

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