Fresh produce makes for crisper salads, more nutritious soups, and more successful games of cantaloupe soccer. Kick around firmer fruits with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of local groceries from RelayFoods.com. This Groupon is valid in both Richmond and Charlottesville. Customers can pick up groceries the next day for free, or schedule home delivery Monday–Friday for a fee.
RelayFoods.com is like an online farmer's market, connecting shoppers with goods from more than 50 local farms, stores, bakeries, and specialty shops. Customers can keep the car in the garage, the kids in the house, and the grocery-store laser in its holster while filling pantries with specialty items such as french baguettes from Belle Haven Bakery ($2.49). Local producer Bearer Farms harvests wildflower honey (16 oz, $10), and Mechanicsville’s Rain or Shine Greenhouse Gardens supplies heads of local, hydroponic bib lettuce ($3). Drowsy nostrils will thrill and occasionally dance to the morning aroma of fresh dark bold whole-bean coffee from Blanchard's Coffee (12 oz, $7.99). Shoppers can also stock up on basic necessities such as bananas ($0.55/lb), Simply Orange calcium-rich orange juice ($4.79), and other staples from Farm Fresh Grocery.
RelayFoods.com lets foodies sample fresh produce, often plucked from its earthy slumber the morning of delivery, and puts its dinner money in the pockets of local producers rather than far-flung purveyors interested in hoarding Virginia pennies. The site’s 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures customers can return anything that doesn’t pass kitchen muster, such as overripe bananas. Online tools inform decisions and speed up future orders by tracking previous purchases, favorite items, and bestsellers.