Despite some odd inflection points (none of us are likely to forget the Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020) and glitches as everyone has been shifting gears, growers are still growing, packers are still packing, and trucks are still rolling to fill grocery shelves.
The fewer trips outside and points of contact we can have with others the better, to limit the spread of the virus. To help you stay safe and healthy during the pandemic—and to assuage any grocery shopping anxiety—we've rounded up Hudson Valley grocery stores currently offering curbside pickup and/or delivery services.
If you know of others, please drop a note in the comments.
Some Rules to Live By
Just about all grocery stores are now restricting the first hour or so of the day to seniors over 60 and immunocompromised folks. They have also instituted extra sanitary and disinfection protocols, and ask that you limit purchases of some essentials so that there is enough for everyone.
Early in the day is the best time to find fully stocked shelves in most places, according to The Crazy Coupon Lady, and the best time to place an order for delivery as well. This is a rapidly evolving situation, of course; if you need something very specific, you may wish to contact your closest stores by phone to check availability. Meanwhile, here are some local food sources large and small and their current situations:
Shoprite has instituted drop-at-your-door delivery service from its stores in Kingston, Montgomery, Vails Gate and Wappingers Falls. Some product categories are limited to two items per customer. The driver will text or call right before they arrive, then vanish into the mist like pantry elves. You can order online and pick up at curbside at multiple Hudson Valley locations. You can also sign up for text alerts on order updates or out-of-stock products.
Stop and Shop offers delivery (likewise “unattended”) from locations in Newburgh, Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie. Delivery is organized via Peapod, though be warned that wait times are longer than usual. Seniors over 60 and the immunocompromised only from 6-7:30am. NB: Curbside pickup has been temporarily suspended.
Price Chopper, with locations in Catskill, Saugerties, and Great Barrington, offers curbside pickup and delivery service through InstaCart. Senior shopping 6-7am daily.
Hannaford's To Go pickup services have been suspended till the end of March as they shift all their resources to restocking efforts. They are offering special hours for seniors and CDC-identified high-risk individuals from 6-7am, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Independent Grocery Stores
The Berkshire Food Co-op, a 7,600-square-foot market with meat, seafood, poultry, produce and bulk offerings, is now offering curbside pickup service at their store in Great Barrington.
Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, a full-line natural and organic food store and grocery in Ghent, is offering curbside pickup, organized via email, and local delivery..
Rolling Grocer 19 in Hudson is offering pre-order and curbside pickup. If you’re quarantined or homebound in Columbia County, they’ll organize you a delivery. But be patient, delivery drivers here are all-volunteer. They've got fresh produce, dairy, bread, grains, meat, seafood, non-perishables, toiletries, and other miscellaneous products.
Kelder’s Farm in Kerhonkson, which carries farm-raised meat and poultry as well as an enticing array of baked goods and specialty foods, has organized curbside pickup.
Otto’s Market in Germantown offers curbside pickup of their produce, basic groceries, specialty items, deli and baked goods.
The High Falls Food Co-op is providing curbside shopping and working on an online ordering system for their array of vegan and vegetarian goodies, soups, staples, meat, and dairy.
Health & Nutrition in New Paltz is accepting emailed orders for curbside pickup of produce, bulk items, specialty foods, and gourmet cheeses. .
Sunflower Natural Foods is offer shopping hours for seniors and immunocompromised individuals from 9-10am Monday through Friday. And if you have someone going shopping for you, they’ll accept your credit card payment over the phone. The deli, juice bar, and salad bar are closed until further notice.