Just because us Kiwis are staying home, restaurants and take away options are closed and supermarket visits are limited, does not mean that you need to eat baked beans during this surreal and uncertain time.
There are a bunch of New Zealand businesses that are still able to operate as an essential service and deliver seasonal and local produce to your door for you to whip up (and even one that will deliver pre-cooked ready meals).
Now more than ever, it’s important to continue to support local businesses so that they will be able to survive in the current environment. Here are the businesses that are still delivering food to Tauranga and the Mount—so you can do good and have a happy and full belly.
Mount Wholefoods, situated in central Mount Maunganui, is open for delivery in the Bay of Plenty. Order organic and locally grown whole foods from their online store including seasonal fruit and vegetables. They deliver Monday through to Friday, or for $5, you are able to pick up your food from a designated collection area in the Mount. As well as fresh produce, you can order eggs, nuts and pantry goods, as well as baking items—now’s a great time to attempt to bake a loaf of sourdough bread.
Plump and juicy tomatoes, creamy avocados and crisp lettuce—My Greengrocer, also known as The Fresh Market, is known for its high quality and locally sourced fruit and vegetables. Located in Gate Pa in Tauranga, the shop is still open Monday through to Saturday from 8am-4pm for people who are healthy to visit. They are also delivering produce Monday through to Friday, and are filling up each day fast. Visit the website at 10am to order for the next day's delivery.
FED. offer a variety of delicious, healthy and freshly cooked meals by a team of chefs delivered to your door, and they are still operating in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Forget about food preparation or the cleaning up and select what meals you like from a seasonal and frequently changing menu. The meals are seriously good and include dishes like courgette and ricotta cannelloni, and mint and mustard lamb with root vegetables. During this time, FED. wants to help the essential workers, the vulnerable and the elderly people in our community—if you fall into that category, please reach out and email FED. They are delivering each Sunday to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.
The Food Company
The Food Company is an essential service, so if you struggle to fry an egg, you’re able to order already cooked fresh meals to enjoy during this time. Choose from individual dishes or a weekly subscription. There is an isolation meal pack currently on offer with eight meals that include a classic roast chicken and herb crusted fish, with a nationwide zero contact delivery. Orders are delivered on Wednesdays and Fridays in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.
In a Woop box you’ll find premium New Zealand meats and free range chicken, locally sourced vegetables—some already pre cooked and cut for convenience—and hand made sauces. Woop aims to supply you with fresh Kiwi ingredients and recipes so you can cook vibrant and tasty food inspired from places around the world. We're fans of the creamy Marsala chicken and mushroom fettuccine and pomegranate lamb flatbread with carrots and beetroot baba ganoush. Meals should be ready in 15 to 20 minutes, and there are a few boxes for you to select from including a foodie and a gluten free option. Woop delivers to Tauranga every Sunday.
The Kai Box
If you’ve thought about switching to a plant-based diet, or want to up your intake of fruit and veggies, the Kai Box can help you create delicious vegan meals at home. Offering plant based food boxes with easy to follow recipes, experience new flavours and all of the health benefits a vegan diet brings with Kai Box. The meals are colourful and packed full of goodness like a dragon fruit smoothie bowl, jackfruit tacos and chilli corn tempeh. There’s a box for couples, families, breakfast and a low carb option, as well as an essentials box with a variety of ingredients to make your own meals.
Give Jamie Oliver a run for his money with HelloFresh. Every week you can get fresh produce sourced from the farm to your door in the Bay of Plenty and instructions for you to follow. All the ingredients come in the correct measurements you’ll need for the meals so there’s no waste, and with over 2500 dishes to choose from like Thai chicken and pumpkin salad for the carnivores and roasted pumpkin and pearl couscous salad for the veggies. Choose how many serves and how many people you'd like to feed and you're free to pause or cancel your plan at any time. HelloFresh meals are quick, easy and yum, so it’s little wonder it has a cult following.
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Image credit: HelloFresh, Mount Whole Foods, FED., The Kai Box