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As we muddle along in one of the first single digit wind chill days this winter, I am reminded at just how much I liked the home delivery options for food that are available here. We had our initiation into home delivery with Zahradka Farm. Back in 2011-2012 when I discovered them. At the time, they were somewhat unique in our area. For many reasons.

Like pick a size. Six, ten or fourteen item produce and fruit. Meat option. Egg option. Some pantry items you could order. I’ll never forget that first delivery a week before Christmas. With half a fresh turkey as the meat item.

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Plus, the romanescu cauliflower, which became a special treat in our Christmas dinner.

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Covered in grated cheese and pepper and spices. That was the beginning of what became a highlight in the dead of winter. Really fresh and varied vegetables through those dark days.

My last post was written about a new option around here. The Hungry Harvest, fruit and/or vegetable deliveries. They are what I believe to be the fourth option that allows you to stay home nice and warm, and receive fresh food delivered right to your door in Howard County.

Pair Hungry Harvest with FarmtoFork, a recently launched venture by Carroll Farm to Table and other local farms. You could order your vegetables and fruit from Hungry Harvest and your meat, eggs and dairy from FarmtoFork. We are lucky. Carroll is not that far from our house, and we have gotten their whole chickens to roast. They have a farm stand open all year. Times of operation are on their web site.

Last but certainly not least, the long standing home delivery service from South Mountain Creamery. They started with dairy products, and slowly expanded to include everything from meat to hummus to vegetable and fruit bags. We used to buy their products at the Glenwood farmer’s market. They stopped attending many of the local markets when they instituted year round deliveries to this area. You can choose weekly, biweekly or monthly recurring deliveries, or just order what you want when you want. Check out where they deliver.

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I still head up to the Creamery to pick up items for parties, like the cheese choices. Besides, nothing tastes better than their fresh milk, unless maybe it’s their ice cream.

Now that I think about it, a recurring delivery from these local companies would be a perfect gift to give elderly family members. You could easily put together something that covers the coldest dreariest months. Not a bad thought to keep in mind for next year.

For us, if our favorite Amish CSA ever stops supplying us locally year round, we would be very interested in using any one of the four.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

6 responses »

  1. The Zahradka Farm added a 14-item option last year. This week we’re starting our second year of the 14-item share, third year of the Zahradka Farm’s winter CSA.

    Hometown Harvest also offers home delivery in our area. From what I’ve read online, I think it spun off from the South Mountain Creamery’s delivery service.

    • I just edited to fix the number for Zahradka.

      I could not remember the name for Hometown Harvest. I need to research them, if they are still around.

      • Hometown Harvest is still around. It appears from online searching to be the delivery option formerly known as South Mountain Veggies. I found out about it when I saw the van delivering to a neighbor.

        Yesterday HH sent an email offering to revise orders past the usual cut-off to add stock-up items before the big storm. Last year deliveries were once rescheduled to during the night to beat a storm, and customers were informed by email to put out their coolers accordingly.

        • First, I need to edit this app to get it to display properly, so I can read your comment, Lora. I think the nesting is causing a problem.

          I will add Hometown Harvest to my list. Interesting that they split from South Mountain name.

  2. Kicking off the new year with a weight loss plan and I found a local chef that will use my plan and create lunches for me (frozen for when I travel). Honestly, it’s been a Godsend.


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