These Food and Drink Subscription Services Will Keep Your Pantry and Fridge Stocked
Little things, especially during busy, stressful days, help us push pause, reminding us to enjoy the small moments. Whether those moments are starting the day with a cup of perfectly roasted single-origin coffee, sharing a cheese board with the kids after they finish schoolwork, or curling up with a good book and a glass of rosé, it's not always easy to find what you need—especially when not everyone has access to or the ability to shop at a well-stocked grocery store or farmers' market. From coffee to cheese to wine to entire meals, these subscription services will deliver to your door, helping to keep your pantry and fridge stocked.
You won't be able to eat just one slice of cake from A Bite of Heaven, a Maryland bakery. The female bakers offer three, six, nine, or twelve-month dessert subscriptions. You'll look forward to getting a new sweet treat, such as a carrot cake, a zesty lemon loaf, and even brownies, each month.
Beloved by New Yorkers, cheese fans everywhere will be pleased to know that Murray's Cheese ships nationwide and offers several different kinds of cheese subscriptions. The Perfect Pair of the Month Club, which includes a selection of two types of cheese and two accompaniments, will help you create an expertly curated cheese board every time you need an easy snack or appetizer.
We also like Cowgirl Creamery. Friends, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith have been making fresh, organic cheeses using milk from California-based Straus Family Creamery since the 1990s. They offer a three-month cheese subscription that starts each April, featuring three, six, or twelve kinds of cheeses.
Coffee and Tea
Coffee, we just can't get enough of you. Luckily, Counter Culture Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster, offers coffee subscriptions as well as single-serve coffee packets. You can choose from six different kinds of coffee or decide to get a rotating selection of single-origin roasts. More of a tea person? We get it. The simple ritual of putting a pot of tea on is a kind meditation. With Sips By, you get a personalized selection (based on a questionnaire you answer) of four teas (enough to make at least 15 cups) from around the world.
Meat and Seafood
Sometimes, you just want a juicy steak. ButcherBox is there for those days. While this meat subscription doesn’t come cheap (boxes start at $129), each package comes with enough beef, chicken, and pork to make roughly 20 meals. You can choose from a box of all grass-fed beef; beef and pork; beef and chicken; or beef, pork and chicken, delivered to anywhere in the continental U.S. Each month you also have the option of adding bacon, burgers, and other products to your box.
Unless you have direct access to local fishermen, it can be a struggle to find fresh, wild-caught, responsibly fished seafood (think not a species being fished into extinction). Shipping to all 50 states, Wild Alaskan Company offers three different monthly boxes of wild-caught seafood from sustainably managed fisheries in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest: Wild Salmon Box, Wild White Fish Box, and Wild Combo Box. And as with ButcherBox, members can choose to add cold smoked sockeye salmon, weathervane scallops, and more to their box.
Spices and Olive Oil
The right spice can be the difference between a Thai curry that your family asks for seconds of or one that sits in the fridge for days. Raw Spice Bar offers annual spice subscriptions or quarterly spice kits where you receive a curated selection of spices based on the type of food and the diet you follow. Looking for a particular spice? You can also buy spices directly or add them to your subscription.
From a drizzle on popcorn to homemade salad dressings to dressing pasta, bottles of olive oil always seem to go quickly. Never reach for another empty bottle again with this subscription. Kosterina Olive Oil lets customers choose from three or six bottles of their early harvest Greek olive oil, delivered at any frequency interval, so you never have too much or too little.
Fruits and Vegetables
Struggling to find a variety of organic produce? Misfits Markets delivers ugly fruits and vegetables to 24 states on the East Coast. Boxes start at $22 with an option for delivery once a week or every two weeks. Each box contains a mix of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Imperfect Foods is another great choice. Shipping to the Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, and West South Central region, Imperfect foods deliver fruits and vegetables as well as grocery items such as milk, quinoa, and more. Creative home chefs could easily skip weekly trips to the store with these subscription boxes. Boxes start at $16.
Having a hard time finding the perfect mix of fruits and vegetables for your morning juice? Consider a subscription with FarmBox Direct, a company that delivers fruits, vegetables, and juicing boxes to much of the U.S. Choose between a box of only fruits, vegetables, or a mix. Last, there's Frog Hollow Farm. This California-based farm has been practicing regenerative agriculture since long before it was trendy. They offer a subscription organic fruit box for $35, as well as a subscription for olive oil ($25) and granola ($15). You can also shop for a variety of à la carte items like a Lemon Meyer cake that will brighten any afternoon.
Wine and Cocktails
One of the problems with some wine clubs is that they force you into getting a mix, which means white wine lovers are left cooking or making vinegar out of the red wine or vice versa. Martha Stewart Wine Co.'s subscription solves that dilemma by offering members the ability to choose (and then change) a preference of red, white, or a mix. Select from a six or 12-bottle subscription delivered every six or eight weeks. You'll never have to worry about running out of wine again.
Despite the increasing popularity of natural wine, it's still hard to find a wide selection of organic or biodynamic wines at most stores. MYSA Natural Wine club let's natural wine lovers explore and discover new natural wines while tells the stories of the producers behind the glass with a wine club subscription for three, six, or 12 bottles shipped every other month. Each box comes with pairing and tasting notes for wines that are always made with native yeasts and are usually vegan. Plus, they have the most adorable customer service representative.
If cocktails are more your thing, upgrade your typical happy hour with a subscription box from American Cocktail Club. Each box—which comes with a recipe and the ingredients, including a carbonated mixer, juice blend, bar tool or garnish, and spirit for four servings—swill help you learn how to make different cocktails.
If You Don't Want to Think About What to Cook
Stuck in a dinnertime rut? Martha and Marley Spoon: can help. Choose from two or four-person dinner plans and two, three, or four meals per week. Each week there are more than 22 different recipes you can choose from; make your meal plan then wait for the box to arrive. When it does, you'll find all the fresh ingredients, pre-portioned and ready to cook, and easy to follow-recipes. Best of all, these boxes mean you can skip your weekly trip to the grocery store and reduce your home's food waste. That's a win-win to us.
For Your Dog
A bowl full of turkey mixed with parsnips, chickpeas, carrots, and spinach is just one of the meals dogs chow down on when their owners subscribe to The Farmer's Dog. The subscription dog food service offers customized plans based on a questionnaire pet owners fill out about their dog's traits, including age, body type, and more.
At the time of publication, all of the companies listed were offering subscriptions. Due to impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, if you need something by a specific date, it's best to confirm with the business directly. Depending on where you live it's also worth calling your local farmers or shops and see if they'll deliver directly to you, as this is something many will do.