We’re all fighting a long, hard battle against the threat of the coronavirus, so it’s important now more than ever to keep your health in check. (At the same time, many farmers are now struggling to sell their harvest due to low demand.) Although no specific foods or supplements can directly protect you from the virus, you can strengthen your immune system to keep your body in tip-top fighting spirit—and fresh fruits and vegetables can help in that regard. Although going out to do groceries has become a luxury in these trying times, the good news is that there are stores that deliver produce directly to your doorstep. The best part is, some of them work directly with farmers, so you know you’re helping them out in the process, too.
Get your fill of fresh produce from these online stores:
1. Future Fresh
Future Fresh offers greens that are grown indoors with no pesticides, sprays, or harmful fertilizers. Their selection includes relatively hard-to-find produce like baby kale (P306/150 grams), savoy spinach (P306/150 grams), and baby Swiss chard (P306/150 grams). They deliver across Metro Manila except Muntinlupa, Parañaque, and Las Piñas. For payment, you can opt for cash on delivery or bank deposit.
For orders, visit Future Fresh’s official website.
2. Fresh Bida
Fresh Bida delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to BGC, Makati, Taguig, and Parañaque. They’ve got everything from Basil (P26/50 grams) to Taiwan pechay (P38.50/250 grams) to romaine lettuce (P300/kilogram), and they offer same-day delivery if you place your orders from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Payments can be done via bank transfer or deposit, or with cash on delivery.
For orders, visit Fresh Bida’s official website.
3. Always Fresh PH
It’s all about fruits at Always Fresh. They’ve got both local and imported produce, from Davao pomelo (P850/five-kilogram box) to Australian plums (P500/kilogram) and Korean pears (P160/two pieces). You have the option of booking a courier of your choice (such as Grab or Lalamove) for same-day delivery, or having the Always Fresh team book for you for next-day delivery.
For orders, send a message to Always Fresh PH’s Facebook page.
4. Homegrown Organics
As the name implies, Homegrown Organics carries a selection of organic fruits and vegetables. They harvest and deliver their pesticide-free produce straight from the farm: there's calamansi (P122/200 grams), sweet potato (P145/500 grams), and locally-grown curly kale (P95/100 grams). They deliver in Alabang, Antipolo, Bicutan, Bonifacio Global City, Cainta, Caloocan, Fairview, Katipunan, Las Pinas, Libis, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Pasay, Paranaque, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, Sucat, Taguig, Taytay, and Tondo. Deliveries are sent one to two days after you place your order, and they accept payments via bank transfer and cash on delivery. Planning to stock up? Do it—delivery is free for orders above P450.
For orders, visit Homegrown Organics’ official website.
Crate2Plate peddles all kinds of fruit and vegetables, which they put through a tedious screening process to ensure you get the best quality. You can get golden Asian pears (P600/three pieces), kiwi (P250/five pieces), red dragon fruit (P350), and more. At the moment, they’re following a queueing process and only taking orders from the first 20 customers per day, with deliveries being made the next day (or the same day, if they’re able to squeeze you in). Payments can be done via bank deposit, Paypal, Paymaya, or credit card.
For orders, visit Crate2Plate’s official website.
6. Green Grocer Manila
Green Grocer Manila is your one-stop shop for all kinds of healthy eats, and naturally, they also carry a selection of fruits and vegetables. You can Fuji apples (P32/small, P45/big), string beans (P89/250 grams), and organic arugula (P180/250 grams), and more. Orders made from Saturday to Monday 12 p.m. will be delivered on Wednesday or Thursday, while orders made from Monday to Thursday 12:00 p.m. will be delivered on Saturday. You can opt to pay via bank deposit, cash on delivery, or Paypal.
For orders, visit Green Grocer Manila’s official website.
7. Fresh Produce
Fresh Produce is a fruit and delivery service that collaborates with farmers to help reach more people across the Metro. They’ve got all sorts of handpicked produce, from ripe mangoes to Baguio tomatoes to broccoli and orange sweet potatoes (prices upon request). You can pay for your order via cash on delivery, online banking, or with your credit card or Paypal.
For orders, visit Fresh Produce’s official website.
8. Session Groceries
Session Groceries is an app whose standout feature is that it connects you directly to local farmers. You can get farm-fresh produce like American passion fruit (P12/piece), ampalaya (P45/250g), cauliflower (P162.50), and more at the best prices. They deliver around the Metro Manila, and payments can be made via bank deposit, GCash, and cash on delivery. The delivery date will be texted to you once you place your order.
Zagana is a social enterprise that aims to “uplift the lives of Filipino farmers” by letting you get fruits and vegetables directly from them. You can get your fill of avocado (P135/500 grams), seedless oranges (P32/piece), kangkong (P85), sigarillas (P105/kg), and more. At the moment, they deliver to Manila, Quezon City (except for Novaliches and Fairview), Marikina, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pateros, Makati, Pasay, and Taguig, and orders ship out within two to five business days. You can pay via credit or debit card, Paymaya, GCash, Bancnet, or cash on delivery.
For orders, visit Zagana’s official website.
10. The Murang Gulay Shop
The Murang Gulay Shop offers exactly that—vegetables at affordable prices. You can get all your veggie essentials such as okra (P85/kilogram), cauliflower (P65/kilogram), brocolli (P95/kilogram), sayote(P45/kilogram), and more. At the moment, they only deliver to Manila, Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Makati, and Mandaluyong.
For orders, send a message to The Murang Gulay Shop’s Facebook page.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.