These days, time is a hot commodity. Anything that saves us hours–okay, fine, minutes–merits a top position on our speed dial list. For this reason, we love having goods delivered to us, be they milk products, groceries, organic fruit/vegetable boxes, or diapers.
Not having to deal with parking and the lugging of packages keeps our stress levels down, too. (As will the yoga class we now have time to attend). Add the following top delivery services to your Palm, Rolodex, iphone or BlackBerry and then take a few deep, cleansing breaths.
Smith Brothers Milk Delivery
Philosophy/niche: Based in Kent, Smith Brothers Farms specializes in wholesome milk that’s antibiotic- and rBST (artificial growth hormone)-free. Its happy cows only eat Grade A grains and grasses purchased from local farmers.
How it works, in a nutshell: Delivery is available throughout the greater Puget Sound area. On Smith Brothers’ web site, click on ‘milkmen and routes’ for the contact information for the milkman who would service your area. Your specified order of milk and other products is dropped off once or twice per week and can be left for you (in a cooler) if you’re not home.
Minimum order/fees: Must order at least two 1/2 gallons of milk per delivery. Prices vary according to delivery area and milkman.
Some items offered: Milk (of course) and soy milk, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, butter, eggs, sour cream, half & half.
Bonus: No last minute, frenzied trips to the grocery store because you’re low on 2% and the kids will throw a fit if they can’t have milk with their Peanut Butter Bumpers.
SPUD: Small Potatoes Urban Delivery
Philosophy/niche: A comprehensive organic produce/grocery delivery site that’s very user friendly. SPUD serves six cities in North America and is committed to connecting people to local farmers and food producers and allowing them to tailor their food purchases of organic and artisan food items.
How it works, in a nutshell: To have SPUD’s big purple delivery van roll up to your doorstep, log on to the Web site to see if you live within the delivery area. If your neighborhood is serviced, make selections from a vast array of 600 competitively priced products. You can select individual items from the organic produce category or create your own Fresh Harvest Box–a variety of delicious organic fruits and vegetables that are tailored by you to your unique preferences. Add in some other, non-produce items if you wish and, voila, you’re set. Customization on orders is a must once you get the hang of it–set up a ‘never send me’ list and a ‘recurring items’ list so you know you’ll never get blueberries, for example, and will get, say, onions, every week. Place your order by 9:00 am a day in advance (for most items) and you will be added to the appropriate route–check the Deliveries section of Spud’s website to find out the delivery days for each route. Drivers will leave the goods on your front porch (groceries, kept cold with ice packs, can sit out for eight hours).
Minimum order: There is no minimum to order from Spud.com, however for free delivery your order must meet a minimum based on your location. To find out your area’s minimum, provide your zip code on the Spud website.
Some items offered: Organic produce, milk, and pasta; artisan bread, baby food, Northwest Grass-Fed beef, organic almond butter, Gluten-Free and vegan options.
Bonus: You can create standing orders of products that you want regularly–like soy milk, eggs, bread, fruit, frozen pizza, etc.–and the orders get delivered at a frequency of your choosing (every two, three, or four weeks).
Full Circle Farm
Philosophy/niche: Full Circle Farm is an organic farm based in Carnation, WA that grows over 50 crops and 200 varieties of produce. The farm promotes Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a program that connects consumers with local farms, thus ensuring that the products are safe (i.e. pesticide free) and fresh. Full Circle drops fresh fruit and vegetable-filled CSA boxes off for customers in dozens of locations throughout the greater Puget Sound area and Alaska.
How it works, in a nutshell: Sign up for membership online and choose an order size (standard or family) and whether you want delivery every week or every other week. Delivery Options vary according to your location; you’ll either select a community pick-up site or home delivery service. Orders can be fully customized by substituting unwanted items for those you prefer, or by purchasing additional items.
Minimum order: There is no commitment to receive any number of orders required.
Some items offered: Fruits, vegetables, herbs; organic milk, artisan cheeses, fresh pasta and breads, free range eggs and pasture-fed beef.
Bonus: Full Circle has a handy crop list, so you’ll always know what’s available and in season
New Roots Organics
Philosophy/niche: Run by Carolyn Boyle, a vegetarian chef, New Roots Organics buys the freshest organic products (mainly from Washington, Oregon, and California farms) and culls them together in a weekly box for customers.
How it works, in a nutshell: Pick your desired bin size (either Personal or Standard) for a mix of produce. The amount of each item in the assortment depends on the size of your order. New Roots sets standard (seasonally correct) assortments each week, that are customizable. Once you have signed up for service, they send you a reminder email on the Friday afternoon before your next delivery. This email will let you know what is coming in your box by default. You will have until 7:00 am the day before your delivery day to log into your account (or call) and make any changes to your account. These changes may include substituting items, changing your box size, adding items to your order, or putting your order on hold. Deliveries are made every week or every other week, depending on your preferences. Check the New Roots Organics website for delivery areas and schedule.
Minimum Order and Costs: When you sign up for service, you’ll see the set prices for Standard and Personal bins–the cost will change as you customize.
Items offered: Seasonally appropriate fruits and veggies–bin menus change weekly. Organic, delicious coffee is also available.
Bonus: The site offers recipes, beets with caramelized onions and feta, for example, which will help you artfully use up the contents of the box
Philosophy/Niche: Founded by Amazon.com, AmazonFresh operates as an independent grocery delivery business. They use Amazon.com data and systems to simplify the checkout process. They carry everything from food staples to gourmet, organic produce, and a broad selection of home and health products. You can browse the full range of products by “walking” their virtual aisles. After you’ve shopped once, you can return and purchase your favorite items using your “past purchases” page.
How it works, in a nutshell: After you shop the virtual aisles and place your order, there are three ways you can receive your groceries: Choose a convenient time you’d like your products delivered, or let Amazon Fresh leave them on your doorstep either before 6:00 am with their Pre-Dawn Delivery Service or during the day as a Doorstop Delivery.
Minimum order: Home delivery is currently offered to a limited number of Seattle neighborhoods. Check their website for availability by zip code (over 50 zip codes listed). Minimum order amount: $30.00. Same-day and next-day delivery service available.
Some items offered: Bakery and Bread, Beverages, Breakfast, Condiments, Dairy, Deli, Ethnic, Frozen Foods, Grains, Pasta and Side Dishes, Household and Cleaning, Meats and Seafood, Pet Care, Produce and Floral.
Bonus: There are many ways to qualify for free delivery on orders, and AmazonFresh’s customer recognition program, Big Radish, offers additional benefits allowing customers free delivery on all orders over $30.
Amazon.com Subscribe and Save
Philosophy/Niche: Subscribe & Save is a feature of Amazon.com that allows customers to set up automatic reorders of products used frequently, on a schedule convenient for the customer, and at a discount on Amazon.com’s everyday price.
How it works, in a nutshell: Visit the Subscribe & Save store for a full list of eligible products. All Subscribe & Save orders come with a discount over the everyday price of the item. The discount percentage is posted on the product detail page when the customer signs up and is guaranteed for the life of the customer’s subscription – whether the customer ends the subscription after just a single shipment or keeps it going for years.
Minimum order: There is no minimum order requirement but you must have an Amazon.com account to register for a subscription and purchase items through Subscribe & Save. Subscription orders are available in one-month, two-month, three-month, and six-month intervals. The customer selects the frequency in which they would like to receive the orders, and the orders are then shipped automatically. The customer is charged for the order when the item is shipped.
Some items offered: Coffee and Tea, Baby Diapers and Formula, Nutrition Bars, Vitamins, Makeup, Deodorant, Pet Food, Bath Tissue, Paper Towels, Batteries, Breakfast Foods, Printer Ink, and Organics.
Bonus: All Subscribe & Save orders are shipped for free using standard shipping.
Philosophy/Niche: Schwan’s Quality Foods has been providing home delivery service in the Seattle area since 1952. They offer over 350 frozen food options, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, and their famous ice cream.
How it works, in a nutshell: To order online, register on the website, select a route delivery day, add items to your cart, and then click “checkout” from your cart to follow the four step checkout process. You can also phone in your order or place an order with the Route Sales Representative during a regular visit.
Minimum order: Customers can order as much or as little as they like. Schwan’s eco-friendly trucks deliver every two weeks or at customer’s discretion.
Some items offered: Fruits/Vegetables, Meat, Seafood, Entrees, Pizza/Pasta, Side Dishes, Appetizers, Snacks, Ice Cream, Desserts and Beverages.
Bonus: Eat for Free Customer Loyalty and Rewards program allows customers to receive points for every dollar spent less any applicable discount, tax and delivery fee and points are valued at five cents (.05) each towards a product purchase.
Dancing Women Meals
425.787.2821 or 206.940.6721
Philosophy/Niche: Dancing Women Meals takes the stress out of weekly mealtimes by providing families with quick, nutritious meals. They offer freshly prepared items made from organic and wholesome ingredients each week, including fresh seasonal produce. The menu changes weekly and monthly, and no preservatives, chemicals, or colorings are ever added to their food.
How it works, in a nutshell: Customers place orders by Sunday midnight and receive their meals the following Tuesday or Wednesday.
Minimum order: There is no minimum order required. Delivery area covers South Snohomish County to North King County and parts of the Eastside. They also deliver to other parts of the Greater Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area; delivery fees vary according to zip code.
Some items offered: Easy Meal Roasted Chicken in Brown Lavender Gravy, Easy Meal Coconut Curry Chicken, Grilled and Roasted Seasonal Veggies, Artichoke Marinara Pasta, Island Rice, and Black-eyed Pea Salad.
Bonus: Dancing Women Meals will design and prepare weekly meals on their customers’ behalf based on their previous menu choices.
Philosophy/Niche: While Gourmondo has been in the catering business for 14 years, they are new to home delivery service. Clients can order full meals (a protein, a starch, and a vegetable) as well as a la carte items. Fresh, ready-to-eat meals are delivered to the client’s office to take home or to eat while working late, or delivered directly to their home.
How it works, in a nutshell: Gourmondo delivers to any office or home in Seattle and on the Eastside. To ensure selection and delivery, clients must place their order by 5:30 pm the day prior to delivery.
Minimum order: A delivery fee of $15 will be charged to all deliveries outside the downtown Seattle area and to all orders under $40.
Some items offered: Classic Coq au Vin with Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables, Mesquite Salmon with Orchiette Pasta Corn Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Cobb Salad, Caesar Salad, Le Panier baguettes, and Chocolate Cake infused with Coffee Liqueur.
Bonus: Orders placed before 5:30 pm and delivered the next day between 11:00 am and noon for box lunches, and between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm for dinners, will be delivered within the downtown Seattle area the next day with no delivery charge.
Kitchen Door Meals
Philosophy/Niche: Kitchen Door Meals is a home meal delivery service that cooks with organic, seasonal and locally grown food. They create a new menu each week based on what’s fresh and seasonal. Their home-delivered meals include main courses and sides, vegetarian options, sandwiches, soups, salads, tarts, and baked goods.
How it works, in a nutshell: A new Home Delivered Meals menu is posted each Wednesday. Once registered, the client receives an email from Kitchen Door alerting them that the menu has been posted. Orders may be placed any time after the menu is posted, but no later than the following Saturday at 6:00 pm. The meals are prepared the following Monday and Tuesday, and the fresh food is delivered to customers on Tuesday after 11:00 am.
Minimum order: There is no minimum order for delivery service. Delivery area includes the greater Seattle area and the Eastside, and includes an $8 delivery charge.
Some items offered: Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce, Sauteed Snap Peas and Carrots with fresh Herbs, and Herbed Rice Pilaf; Sear-Roasted Halibut with Blood Orange Salsa, Braised Baby Bok Choy, and New Potatoes with fresh Herbs.
Bonus: Kitchen Door Meals, in partnership with Seattle’s Satsuma Designs, a designer of locally made organic baby gifts and gear, offers gift packages which include gift certificates for meals and baby items in various assortments.
Philosophy/Niche: Lucky Palate is a 10-year-old, Queen Ann-based vegetarian and vegan delivery service which can accommodate gluten and dairy-free dietary needs. Each meal is labeled with its ingredients, and nutritional analysis is provided for most meals. Organic ingredients are used whenever possible, and their objective is to create the best possible balance between flavor, health, and cost.
How it works, in a nutshell: Customers can place an order on the Web, by fax, phone, or in person. For continuous, uninterrupted service, choose the What’s for Dinner meal plan, and meals are chosen for the customer. To choose items week by week, order a la Carte. Place order by the Friday preceding the Tuesday on which food delivery will take place.
Minimum order: There is a minimum two-meal order (two main dishes and two side dishes) required for delivery. Delivery charges are $5 for Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond. Delivery to the north and south end is $6.
Some items offered: A la Carte: Veggie Burger/Bun, Hummus & Pita Chips, Sesame Noodle Salad. What’s for Dinner Meal Plan: Veggie Lasagne and Antipasto Salad, Carribean Wrap and Marinated Black-Eyed Peas, Cassoulet and Stuffed Artichokes.
Bonus: Visit the Kitchen on Queen Anne for dollar Monday. The unsold food from the preceding week goes out the door for a dollar.
Philosophy/Niche: Turmeric ‘n More offers meal delivery service of home-style Pakistani and Indian meals. Meal ingredients include freshly ground spices, 100% halal meat, fresh vegetables and whole grains. The dishes are high in fiber and protein, and low in carbohydrates, sodium, and fat.
How it works, in a nutshell: Orders can be made online or by phone and must be placed by Tuesday for delivery on Sunday of that week. You may pre-order for weeks in advance.
Minimum order: The minimum order for delivery is $40 per week plus tax. There is a $3.99 delivery fee per order. Delivery areas include South and West Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell, Issaquah, Sammamish, Duvall, and Woodinville.
Some items offered: Chicken Karahi, Matar Paneer, Tofu Matar, Masoor Musallam, Tandoori Nan.
Bonus: Referral Rewards program provides a free meal for customer referrals, and a Turmeric ‘n More Gift Certificate recipient receives a free delivery bag ($20 value).
Baby Diaper Service
Philosophy/niche: An established company that cares about healthy kids and the environment. Mark Stief, a father of three, bought the 1946-founded company in 2003, merging it with his former business, Pure & Natural Diaper Service. Baby Diaper Service was the first diaper service in Western Washington.
How it works, in a nutshell: Baby Diaper Service delivers chemical-free cotton diapers to your doorstep every week and takes the dirty ones away for deep, ultra-hygienic cleaning. A special hamper coated with professional quality deodorant is also included along with a heavyweight plastic bag/liner for the hamper. You don’t have to rinse or soak the diapers, just place them into the deodorized diaper container and they’ll be dealt with for you.
Average fees: Service costs depend on the amount of diapers you rent. $17.70/week for 70 newborn diapers. See website for the official Rental Pricing Guide.
Some items offered: Cotton diapers for children ages zero to three, as well as diaper wraps, fasteners, child-proofing kits.
Bonus: You’ll save money by cutting your garbage bill in half… and you’ll earn true tree hugger status.
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