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Holiday Shopping Guide: Upgrade Your Menu at Home

Now that you're eating more meals than ever at home, you should try new foods and find interesting ways to keep the pantry and refrigerator stocked.

Here are some of our favorite subscriptions, add-ons, and treats to make the weekly meal plan sizzle.

FRESH AND FREQUENT PRODUCE PACKS

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into your kitchen without having to shop for them. Subscription boxes are packed by the farmers for you to pick up or have delivered to your home. Ever wander the produce section wondering what'll taste best and what you should put it in? It's a lot more fun to take the freshest, most delicious offerings from your local farmer and look up recipes based on what you have. Some offer customizations, too. There are so many local farms to choose from, you can pick whichever is most convenient. Look up local CSAs online, ask your friends for referral codes, or pick from among these popular options:

One Leaf Farm

Garden Treasures Farm

Klesick's

Caruso Farms

Lowlands Farm


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THE MODERN MILKMAN

Home milk delivery was the standard in the era before supermarkets and the proliferation of cars. Why make constant trips to the dairy when they'll bring the milk to you and take your empty glass bottles? 2020 saw us once again embracing grocery delivery and Smith Brothers Farms has been delivering milk since 1920. Now they can also bring other dairy products, dairy substitutes, coffee, baked goods, meal kits, and much more. And they'll leave it all in their own insulated metal porch box. Set up a standing order of the things you always use and add anything else you like each time.


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PROPER PROVISIONS

The meals you make at home don't taste like restaurant food because restaurants don't shop at the grocery store. They work with the best farms and distributors to get the greatest ingredients. Many realized they can keep their suppliers in business and their customers eating well by offering provision boxes. If it's been too long since you had a perfect steak dinner, get help from Salt and Iron or Russell's. There's no comprehensive directory of restaurants offering provisions, but there's also nothing stopping you from calling your favorite ones to ask for them.

TAKE ONE NIGHT A WEEK OFF 

You can find Garzòn Latinx Street Food serving up creative pan-latin food at pop-up events all over while they raise money to buy a food truck. Now they deliver incredible meals for 1, 2, or 4 people weekly on Tuesdays. See what's on offer here and reserve yours up until Monday at noon. Quantities are limited, so email garzonrestaurantwa@gmail.com to join their mailing list and be the first to know.

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Christopher Bragg