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Shopping Safety During Covid-19.
Germs. People. Crowds. Exposure. We all have a heightened sense of anxiety when visiting our local grocery stores in this season. How can we remain safe while still keeping our pantries stocked?
1. DEVISE A PLAN. Make a grocery list- not on your phone, on actual paper. Make a plan and stick to it. Paper lists allow for you to skip the germs spread from your phone screen and onto new spaces at home.
2. CHOOSE YOUR PLATFORM. Personally, Publix is overwhelming to me right now. I've opted to shop locally with Gaff's Meat & Specialty Foods via their new curbside option. Their products are available on Facebook and a simple phone call is all you need to make your order. Super quick turnaround time and the perk of shopping local! If you try Gaff's this week- order a slice of Devil's Food Cheesecake... Indulge. You deserve it.
For vegetables, I've been visiting Kelly Crump at Vo-Lasalle on Thursdays to pick items for the week. They have honey, fresh squeezed orange juice, snap peas, tomatoes, onions, and sooooo much more.
If you're not comfortable with these options, you can venture out to your local Publix or Winn-Dixie store in town for supplies with a few extra precautions in place. If you're up for trying delivery, check out Shipt online for grocery items delivered to your door. Still not comfortable? Maybe you know a local restaurant owner who is selling a small list of grocery items for curbside pickup? The Table Restaurant and 4-Rivers are two that I know of.
3. SAFETY FIRST. If you're ordering items curbside, have the grocery or restaurant attendant drop the items in your trunk. Create a cleared space in your kitchen to drop the bags and wash your hands. Grab disinfectant and a paper towel, or maybe a couple Clorox wipes. Take each item out of the bag and wipe down the exterior package, then place it in a different section of your countertop or directly into the fridge/pantry. Move all bags to an outside trash can. When you've completed the process, sanitize the countertop space and wash your hands again.
If you're visiting a grocery store location, wear a set of plastic gloves, and a fabric mask to prevent yourself from touching items in the store and then making contact with your face. Maintain your distance from those around you. Don't use cash transactions, if possible. When you get to the car, dispose of your mask and gloves in the trunk of your car to responsibly move to your trash at home.
If you're visiting a local farm for fresh veggies, bring your own basket! Also, bring scissors, your own bags and knives to pick items fresh from the ground. Make sure to rinse everything thoroughly at home and clean any reusable bags immediately.
4. EXTRA PRECAUTIONS. Wash the clothes that you wore out to the grocery store when you get home. Leave your shoes at the front door. Wash your hands!
5. REST. Grocery shopping can be a big deal these days. Don't let the anxiety get the best of you. Get inspired to make that first meal with all of your fantastic finds.
Check back later this week for some inspiration. Stay home & healthy.
-Jess Serwanski, Director of Operations
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