Grocery shopping—the once exceptionally convenient, but mostly mundane chore of our city lives—has become an absolute nightmare in the COVID-19 crisis.
Let’s face it, visiting Coles or Woolworths was probably never your idea of an extra-fun time, but these days, it’s all manner of things from disappointing to downright frightening. And, just when we needed them most, online grocery deliveries have become overwhelmed, overbooked and, in the case of Woollies and Coles, cancelled altogether.
Here to brighten up your week on that front is Two Providores. Typically only available wholesale, the Sydney-based artisanal providore and grocer usually dishes out top quality local produce and restaurant supplies to top tier eateries like Quay, Saga and Firedoor (just casually).
This week and for the foreseeable future, however, Two Providores has thrown open their digital doors to the public in an effort to clear stock—but also to support all the local cheesemakers, olive growers and native foragers whose produce is no longer being bought. The knock-on effect of COVID-19 lockdown is real—not only have we lost so many (too many) of our amazing, one-of-a-kind restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs—their suppliers are hurting too. There are no two ways about it—now, more than ever before, it is so important to shop local.
As for what you can shop from here on in at Two Providores, you’ll have access to a long-list of Australian made cheeses, pasta, rice, noodles, dips, charcuterie, condiments, frozen food, seafood and meats. There’s even a range of cleaning products and, dare we say it, TP (please don’t panic buy guys).
“While some products might come in larger sizes than you would normally buy, get creative!” says Two Providores general manager Sally Gosper. “Buy a 2kg bucket of yoghurt or mozzarella and some extra containers and share it amongst your family and close friends or freeze what can be frozen in smaller portions.”
“There has never been a more important time to make a conscious effort to keep Australian producers producing.”
As for how you can collect your groceries, you can either head over to Two Providores’ Marrickville outpost to pick up, or select at-home delivery depending on where you live. Next-day is available, Monday to Friday. More details are here.
And to kick things off with a bang, Two Providores is hosting a huge two-day sale this week. Following the sale, Two Providores will continue to supply produce to the public.
What: Two Providores sale
When: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March, 8am - 4pm
Where: Order online, here
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