I recently ordered from Relay Foods, an online grocer that works with local vendors. Relay Foods started in Virginia and has expanded to DC, Baltimore, and into southern PA. Like a traditional CSA, they offer local pick up, but there are no locations in Baltimore yet.
I was offered* a code for $25 off my first two orders of $50+ and was excited to place an order. Our first order included some exciting items, like Route 11 Chesapeake Crab chips, Mountain View Farm fresh butter, and Mission Home Bakeshop breads.
Because items are from local vendors, some things may be out of stock when orders are placed. You can opt for substitutes; I didn't on my first order and only two items were out of stock. I did allow substitutions on my second order, and the only thing that was replaced was BreadWorks Bakery mocha chip cookies, which were substituted with delicious M&M cookies. I'm good with that!
Overall, I'm a big fan of Relay Foods. To break it down in a pros/cons list, it would look like:
- Pros: Local, sustainable vendors/products; prices comparable to local grocers; lots of variety; ease of delivery with varied delivery times, including weekends; easy to find discount codes on RetailMeNot; fantastic customer support; website is easy to navigate
- Cons: You're supposed to return the boxes and ice packs, which isn't easy; limited pick-up locations; shipping is $10, which is pretty pricey
If you try Relay Foods, let me know what you think! If you click through on any of these Relay Food links, you'll receive a coupon for $20 off an $80+ order! Not too shabby, kids.
*I was offered a coupon code in exchange for my review of Relay Foods. My review is completely unbiased—promise.