Extreme winter weather makes some folks want to hunker down at home. But everybody needs groceries now and then.
Local stores and an online service provide grocery home delivery for the snow-phobic, shut-ins, new moms, patients recovering from surgery and other folks who don’t have the time or physical ability to stroll the aisles for themselves.
Two area grocery chains deliver: Dot’s Market in Bellbrook and Kettering, and Dorothy Lane Market’s Washington Twp. store. Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, an online company, delivers groceries in three Ohio metro areas: Dayton, Cincinnati (including northern cities such as Middletown) and Columbus.
Rob Bernhard, owner of Dot’s Market, said the cold weather caused an uptick in delivery orders this winter. His Kettering store typically delivers to 70 to 80 customers a week and even more in bad weather.
Dot’s delivery is offered Tuesdays through Fridays, with same-day delivery for orders placed before 11 a.m. Delivery costs $10 no matter how many groceries you order.
At Dorothy Lane Market, personal shopper Sarah Ochsenbein plucks customers’ orders from the shelves. Her program, “DLM in a Dash,” mainly serves customers who pick up their completed orders at the store, but Ochsenbein can arrange for a courier service also.
She typically serves 80 to 100 customers per month, but with the extreme cold, she had 117 orders in January.
Her service is available Mondays through Fridays, and orders must be placed by 1 p.m. for same-day pickup or delivery. There’s a flat $9.95 fee for Ochsenbein’s service, and the courier’s additional fee varies by ZIP code.
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery (“B.E.A.N.” stands for Biodynamic, Education, Agriculture and Nutrition) works a bit differently. Customers place orders online at greenbeandelivery.com. Each Thursday, the company posts products for the week, including fruits and vegetables sourced locally in the summer and nationally in the winter. By Monday, customers must customize their bins. Although the company focuses on produce and locally-sourced items, it offers a full range of grocery products and serves 500 to 600 customers in the Dayton market.
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery serves metro areas in four states. Each metro area houses a “food hub,” or warehouse, where grocery items are stored and packaged for delivery, explained John Freeland, vice president of business development.
The Dayton and Cincinnati markets share a food hub in northern Cincinnati. The company also has a 50-acre farm on Cincinnati Zoo property in north Mason, where some of its vegetables are grown.
Dot’s Market’s Bernhard believes there’s a real need for grocery delivery services in this area, particularly in communities like the Kettering-Belmont neighborhood, where he serves an older clientele.
“It’s a very rewarding service because a lot of people depend on us,” he said.
Greenbeandelivery.com posts many recipes with an emphasis on fresh, healthy ingredients. Given the grocery delivery service’s name, we chose a green bean recipe to share from their site.
ROASTED GREEN BEANS WITH RED ONIONS AND WALNUTS
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1/2 medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Toss the green beans and onion with the oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine vinegar, garlic, honey and thyme leaves in a small bowl and set aside. After roasting the green beans and onions for 10 minutes, toss with the vinegar-honey mixture before redistributing them. Continue to roast until the green beans are dark golden brown in spots and have begun to shrivel, 10 to 12 minutes longer.
Remove the green beans from the oven, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with toasted walnuts, and serve. Serves 4.
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