Fresh-from-the-farm food: Local producers delivering products in and around Bucharest
Farmers’ markets are the most popular when it comes to buying seasonal fresh food from local producers, but some small farmers have decided to move in online and deliver their products straight to their customers’ doors, which helps a lot these days if you want to avoid the crowded markets in Bucharest.
We have compiled a list of local farmers who deliver fresh food to the client's door in Bucharest for Romania Insider members who are interested in healthy living and healthy food options.
Legume Fericite (which would translate as Happy vegetables in English) is a small family business growing bio vegetables and fruits on a small farm. They sell their freshly grown products online at Legumefericite.ro and offer delivery services in and around Bucharest (and even elsewhere in the country). In addition to seasonal vegetables and fruits, their online store also provides chicken eggs and meat, jam, syrup, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. On weekends, customers can also find Legume Fericite in Piata Amzei farmers’ market in Bucharest.
Legume de Tara (which would translate as Vegetables from the countryside) is another small family business selling seasonal vegetables and fruits grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. But although their name would suggest that they’re only producing vegetables, Legume de Tara’s offer also includes poultry and eggs, as well as dairy products, cold meats, sweets, and beverages made by their partners. They deliver orders in Bucharest Tuesday to Friday (depending on the district). Further details here.
Consumers can also buy seasonal fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs from Produse din Gospodarie. They also have a ‘weekly basket’ on sale, which changes weekly depending on the harvest. The delivery schedule may vary depending on the availability of products. Orders can be placed online here.
Gradina de pe vale is also a small family business. They grow vegetables in their own garden and then deliver them to customers placing orders at Gradinadepevale.ro. Home deliveries are made once per week, and they don’t charge any extra fee for orders of over RON 50. The list of products is updated periodically on the website and Facebook page.
Bio&Co, a project of local NGO Ateliere fără Frontiere, is a social farm located some 30 km north of Bucharest that produces and locally distributes 80 types of eco-certified vegetables. The vegetables produced by Bio&Co are sold to consumers through subscriptions. The basket content depends on the seasonal production plan and vegetables and is identical for all baskets delivered during a week. For example, in autumn, the basket can contain cauliflower, lettuce, onion, fennel, or spinach. Find out more here.
Dealul Sofiei also sells seasonal fresh fruits. The month of June is about cherries, but their offer will also include apples, grapes, and plums. The minimum order is RON 80, and the deliveries in Bucharest are made twice per week. More details here.
From BeeFarming, consumers can buy honey or other bee products such as honeycomb, propolis, pollen, or beeswax. Orders can be placed online at Beefarming.ro, and the minimum order is RON 69.90. Deliveries are free for orders of over RON 250.
Meat lovers will be happy to know there is an online platform that sells fresh meat for that perfect steak. Obor 21 is selling different types of meat, including veal, lamb, mutton, or goat. The animals are raised in peasant households in northern Moldova. Further details about deliveries and products are available here.
The small family business Caralact sells milk and dairy products, eggs, meat, cold meats, and honey. They are delivering in Bucharest, and the delivery dates vary depending on the customer’s home district. More information about delivery is available on the Caralact.ro website (where those interested can also place orders).
From Microgreens, customers can buy, as the name says, microgreens - vegetable greens picked just after the first leaves have developed. But the offer also includes other fruits and vegetables, meat or sweets, as well as packages containing a selection of vegetables, fruits, salads, microgreens, greens, and herbs. Further details here.
Taraba Virtuala is an app and online platform connecting local producers with people interested in buying locally. Users have to type their location in the app (or on the online platform) to see the local producers available in their area. Dozens of small producers have joined this app, selling a wide variety of products: from bakery products to vegetables and fruits, honey and jams, dairy products, pickles, cold meats, and sweets (even raw vegan). Those interested can try the Tarabavirtuala.ro platform or download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
A similar marketplace is All Farm Market, where customers can find a variety of products made by local farmers and producers. The list includes dairy products, meat specialties, beverages, fruits and vegetables, sweets, and more. Further details are available here.
If you know other similar platforms or local producers selling their goodies online, drop us a line in the comment box below.
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