Online Grocery Shopping for Convenience & Safety

December 21st, 2016

Making life easier

Today’s online grocery shopping options for stocking the pantry and fridge offer incredible convenience – and, during the pandemic, safety. BOOMER has found several such options available locally. The grocery services all use online ordering. Some provide pickup locations; some offer delivery. Product availability, prices, fees, and other options vary.

UPDATED OCT. 6, 2020. Not all services have been vetted by BOOMER staff.

Hungry Harvest:

New to Richmond, Hungry Harvest purchases surplus produce that would otherwise not make it to market, then passes the savings along to customers. Harvest Boxes start at $15 and customers can choose from a variety of options and sizes, including organic, for weekly or biweekly delivery. Completely customizable, customers can also add pantry staples to their boxes through the Add On Marketplace.

Wegmans Curbside Pickup: 

Richmond-area Wegmans stores not offer the option of ordering groceries online and picking them up curbside. The service operates through Instacart. Customers go to or log on to the Instacart app, select a pickup time and pay. Customers will be notified when their order is ready. At the store, customers pull into the designated pickup lane, notify the store of their arrival and an employee will load the groceries into their car.

Other Instacart services:

Instacart also delivers from Publix, The Fresh Market, Kroger and other Richmond-area stores, with curbside pickup available at some locations., at the Stores tab.

Kroger ClickList:

Brick-and-mortar store offering curbside pickup. Customers order online, then pick up and pay the next day (or any day following) at their chosen Kroger, never leaving the comfort of the car. The Kroger ClickList web pages show recent purchases based on Kroger card usage (as well as recent purchases on sale) for ease of reordering favorites. Great to avoid impulse buys and kids’ “buy me this” pleas.

Seasonal Roots:

Subscription-based service delivering local seasonal produce, meat, dairy, baked goods and artisan foods every Thursday to homes and offices. Customers must be there for delivery or leave a cooler for temperature-sensitive products. Each default weekly delivery is a box of pre-chosen products – customers may skip a week or substitute and add products for the next delivery during a weekend window of time.

Amazon Prime Pantry:

Online store offering same-day delivery on some items, one- or two-day delivery on most. Fair selection of national brands and products. Online ordering system is complicated and not especially user friendly.


Quick and easy delivery of anything – from groceries to household products to beer and wine – directly to your door. Only $1.95 per delivery, and no surge pricing.


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