15 Fresh Food Delivery Services To Try In Lockdown

We asked the team to recommend some of the fresh food delivery services they've been using.


Kelleigh Korevaar |

While you can head to your nearest grocery store, there’s almost no need anymore. There are so many great fresh food delivery services that make it easy to get exactly what you want delivered straight to your door. These are the ones the Men’s Health and Women’s Health teams have been loving.

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Fruit and Vegetables:

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1. Faithful To Nature

Our Verdict: Faithful To Nature is a favourite at the MH HQ for good reason. Not only do they have one of the largest selections of healthy goods to buy online, they deliver in record time. And they’ve kept that the same with their new offering of fresh food delivery boxes. They have one of the largest selections (9 different boxes to choose from) and you can order almost anything else you need from them, too.

Price: Prices range from R170 for the Fresh Fruit Grocer’s Choice Box For 1 to R655 for the Fresh Fruit and Veg Grocer’s Choice Box for 4.

Delivers to: The fresh food boxes are only available in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

How to Order: Head to their website and choose one of the 9 boxes to choose from. Add to cart and then add anything else you might want and easily checkout.

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R 170 +

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2. BeetBox

Our Verdict: “BeetBox is now my go-to for veggies and free-range eggs and fruit. They are a local Cape Town business which supports local farmers. Not only are their prices excellent and affordable, but the produce is great! The delivery is so seamless and they avoid using plastic where possible, so you get your veggies in these brown paper bags.” – Amy Hopkins, WH Food & Managing Editor

Price: Price range from R5.99 – R79.99 per item depending on what you choose and the quantity it comes in.

Delivers to: Cape Town, Paarl and Stellenbosch. They do deliveries on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm and 5pm.

How to Order: You choose what you want and place a fresh food delivery order on their website here.

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3. Babylonstoren

Our Verdict: “Some of the food boxes might feel a little intimidating size-wise if you’re solo in lockdown. There is, after all, only so many greens one human being can legitimately consume in a week… One of the smaller – but no less aesthetically pleased or downright delicious – is the Babylonstoren Seasonal Harvest Box. Packed with produce from the farm, it also rotates weekly and you can add treats as well as other fresh farm products to the delivery.” – Danielle Weakley, MH & WH Editorial Director 

Price: R220 for the Seasonal Harvest Box

Delivers to: Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Cape Town City Bowl, Southern & Northern Suburbs.

How to Order: Place an order on their website here.

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4. Terra Madre

Our Verdict: Located on a farm in Elgin, the fresh food delivery service from Terra Madre is a great way to get quality farm-to-table food in a convenient way. They have several boxes for you to choose from and you can add other items to your order, like top quality meat, cold-pressed juices, honey, olives and jam.

Price: There are 5 different boxes you can order. This Week’s Fruit & Veg box is R340, the Lockdown Promo Box is R563, the Terra Madre Produce Box is R1 010, the Elgin Valley Produce Box is R581 and the Bounty Hamper with a wooden crate is R999.

Delivers to: Greater Cape Town and surrounds (including Southern Suburbs & Northern Suburbs), Elgin, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. You can also collect from the farm.

How to Order: Place an order on their website here.

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5. Wild Organics

Our Verdict:Wild Organics sources organically produced vegetables. Their price point is great if you stay alone and you don’t want your fruit and veggies to go off.” – Ondela Mlandu, WH Senior Journalist

Price: Wild Mini Bag contains 8 – 9 items perfect for one person and costs R145. The Wild Standard Bag costs R195 and contains a selection of 11-12 types of fruit and veg and feeds 2-3 people for a week. Wit the Wild Made-To-Order Bag you do the picking and add whatever you want from their selection of goods but it has to be a minimum value of R130.

Delivers to: The City of Cape Town Metro. You can check out their collection points here.

How to Order: All orders can be done online and they deliver to your home or a convenient location for you, every Wednesday.

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Seafood and Meat:

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1. Abalobi App (@abalobi_app)

Our Verdict: “This is essentially the virtual equivalent of a seaside fish market. The app is free to download and connects you, the consumer, with small-scale local fishers. You get a notification about the catch of the day and next delivery date. You then place your order through the app.” – Wanita Nicol, MH & WH Deputy Editor

Price: This depends on the type of fish and how much you are purchasing.

Delivers to: The Western Cape region

How to Order: Place an order on the app. On the day of delivery you’ll get an invoice and you make payment. Fresh, sustainable fish is then delivered to your door.

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2. Green Fish

“If you’re in need of an omega fix, try Green Fish – a sustainable fishing operation that pre-lockdown supplied restaurants only. They now boast freshly-caught (what and where) daily boxes. It’s pretty much as close to fresh off the boat as you’ll get, so if you’re keen to use lockdown as a chance to master any sushi or sashimi skills, this is your spot!” – Danielle Weakley, MH & WH Editorial Director

Price: Prices range between R149 for 12 large fresh oysters and R599 for sushi-grade tuna

Delivers to: Cape Town CBD, Southern Suburbs, Hout Bay, Plattekloof, Tableview, Blouberg, Melkobos, Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Franschoek and Paarl.

How to Order: Head to their website and place your order here.

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3. Meat The Farmer

Our Verdict: Their goal is to provide fresh, excellent quality products that are as free range, grass fed, hormone free, and free of routine antibiotics as possible. So you can be rest-assured knowing the meat you’re putting in your body is top quality, which is so important right now. If you prefer fresh food delivery to lean towards the more carnivorous side, you’re in luck!

Price: Prices range from R29.99 for chicken livers up to R2 939.99 for 23kg of lamb

Delivers to: Certain areas in Johannesburg and Pretoria. You can see exactly where here.

How to Order: Head to their website and place your order here.

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Try their Full 'Beef in a Box' which contains rump steak, fillet, prime rib, sirloin steak, goulash, wors, mince and patties.

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4. Caught Online

Our Verdict: They have such a large selection to choose from. But what makes it even better is the recipes they have on their website showing you how to prepare different meals so you feel like you’re eating restaurant-quality meals from the comfort of your own home.

Price: This depends on the type of fish and how much you are purchasing but they often have sales on certain items so look out for that on their website.

Delivers to: They do daily deliveries to Cape Town and surrounds from Monday to Friday and they do weekly deliveries to the Southern Peninsula, Stellenbosch, Sumerset West, Strand, Franschhoek and Paarl.

How to Order: Order your seafood directly on their website, checkout online and you’ll receive your order shortly after.

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1. UCook

Our Verdict: “UCook has teamed up with local small sustainable farmers nationally to pack delicious mystery boxes for weekly fresh food delivery – seasonal fruit and veggies are complemented by essentials like dairy, meat, fish, eggs and freshly-baked bread, plus a few treats, which can be anything from dried fruit to nougat, hummus, pesto or cold meats. It’s an effortless week of feasting – and has changed up our menus as you never know what exact produce you’ll get week to week.” – Danielle Weakley, MH & WH Editorial Director 

Price: the Medium Farmers Market Box is R950, the Vegetarian Farmers Market Box is R850, the Large Farmers Market Box is R1 450 and the Plant-Based Farmers Market Box is R860.

Delivers to: The Greater Cape Town area.

How to Order: Place your order on the website here.

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Check out the four different boxes you can choose from.

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2. SAGRA Foods

Our Verdict: “They are an amazing source of pantry items from olive oils to tinned tomatoes to delicious olives and artichokes and even have a meat section! They usually only supply directly to delis and restaurants, but during lockdown they have obtained a license to sell directly to the public. You can find treats like truffle oil and wagyu beef and even olive oil for great prices like R100 per litre.” – Amy Hopkins, WH Food & Managing Editor

Price: This depends on what item you’re buying, but they have some prices that are better than what you’d find in your local grocery store.

How to Order: You need to email them to register first and once you’ve registered you will see a full price list of their items. You then place your order here.

Delivers to: Cape Town area and the Durban area. In the Western Cape, it’s Atlantic Seaboard, Central Cape Town, Southern Suburbs, Durbanville, Milnerton, Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Franschhoek and Paarl. In Durban delivery is available in Durban North, Durban Central, Morningside, Ballito, Umhlanga. They’ve also said they can ship to other main centres via third parties. However, not all products are available, so contact them for more info.

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3. The Bowery Food Box

Our Verdict: “The Bowery Food Box in Jozi is equally filled with great local produce delights, but includes a good stash of pantry and store cupboard ingredients too, all changing week to week. The FoodBox Lite, this week, for example, dishes up free-range biltong, lamb chops, pork kebabs, a marinated chicken flatty, roast beef and bacon, along with loads of fruit and veggies, bread, wraps, milk, eggs, egg noodles, soya sauce, sesame seeds, oats, honey, rice, coconut milk, tinned tomatoes, lentils, coconut oil, cheese, chocolates, sweets and jam. Phew!”– Danielle Weakley, MH & WH Editorial Director

Price: the FoodBox Vegetarian is R1 450, the FoodBox Lite is R1 650 and the FoodBox Family is R1,950.00.

Delivers to: They delivery to various areas in Johannesburg which you can see on their website. But if your area doesn’t appear on this list, you can email them to see if they can help.

How to Order: Send an email to info@thebowery.co.za with your box choice (Meat, Lite or Vegetarian) address, delivery contact number. They will then send you an invoice for payment, and once a POP is provided they will confirm your delivery.

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Check out exactly what each FoodBox contains.

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4. The Veg Box

Our Verdict: Delivering seasonal veg, meat, cheese, dairy products and pantry staples straight from the farm to your door, it’s a great option if you’re further outside of Durban. You can even buy a Microgreen Growing Kit from them if you fancy getting stuck into a new hobby!

Price: Herbs start at R10 and go up to R150 for a 1.2kg pork belly roast.

Delivers to: Pietermaritzburg, Hilton, Howick, Balgowan, Curry’s Post, Rosetta, Nottingham Road and Mooi River.

How to Order: Head to their website and ‘Build Your Box’, adding all the items you want and then checking out.

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5. Buy Fresh

Our Verdict: Buy Fresh has everything you could possibly want to order online and more. If you want to get everything from one place, this is a great option.

Price: They say you can save up to 30% compared to grocery stores.

Delivers to: Cape Town area and surrounds.

How to Order: Place an order on their website here by adding everything you want to your cart and checking out.

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6. Clarkes

“Everyone’s favourite neighbourhood hang-out has now become everyone’s new favourite fresh food delivery service. Not only do they offer their amazing burgers for take-away, they also offer a wide range of groceries. The butchery selection is great and I highly recommend their olives and gluten free bread.” – Pia Hammond, WH Art Director

Price: You can download their price list here to exactly what they have and how much it costs.

Delivers to: The Cape Town area or you can collect your order from them.

How to Order: WhatsApp your order and depending on what you order you can get same day delivery. Best part: the easy Snap Scan payments.

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