Farm to Kitchen table
Totally Texan farm-to-table meal delivery service sprouts up in Austin
When Austin-based Farmhouse Delivery launched in 2009, the idea was to hit the meal service delivery sweet spot between those people who want food delivery services because they don’t have time for grocery shopping or meal prep, and those who want to support local growers and producers. Farmhouse Delivery billed itself as bringing the farmers market directly to customers’ doorsteps, with 100 percent of its products coming from Texas farms and producers.
Now the service is going one better, offering a new Quick Dinner option, providing customers with different meal options each week — all of which can be ordered within 48 hours, and don’t require a weekly subscription service.
Like other meal kit delivery services — think Blue Apron or Plated or Home Chef — Farmhouse’s meal kits tout dinners that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. The kits arrive with prepared sauces and spice blends, which mean minimal cooking and preparation time for busy diners.
An off-shoot of that service, Quick Dinners keeps the organic and Texas-sourced ingredients customers have come to enjoy, and combined it with a farm-to-table restaurant style menu. With its new Quick Dinner option, as well as its existing concepts, Farmhouse Delivery is betting the service will appeal both to Austinites' desires for convenience as well as their passion for supporting local businesses.
Options for the Quick Dinners change seasonally, and include selections such as one-pan crispy chicken thighs with blistered tomato and garlic; fennel and orange spiced pork chops with onion jam; and Thai red curry with Gulf shrimp and zucchini. Each is priced at less than $25 and will serve between two and four people.
Diners can expect menu dishes such as their One-Pan Crispy Chicken Thighs with Blistered Tomato and Garlic, Fennel and Orange Spiced Pork Chops with Onion Jam, and Thai Red Curry with Gulf Shrimp and Zucchini.
In addition to those services, Farmhouse also offers services for groceries and produce boxes. With the grocery option, customers can select the items they want to stock their kitchens and have them delivered straight to their homes. (There is a minimum $50 order requirement). Those who don’t necessarily need the step-by-step instructions and already-prepped portions of a meal kit can opt for a weekly or bi-weekly delivery of a produce box, which is custom-tailored to their needs and likes.
Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Farmhouse Delivery’s roster has grown to include more than two dozen farmers and artisans, including Gunderman Acres, Animal Farm, Peaceful Pork, Texas Quail Farms, Slow Dough Bread Co., and Pure Luck Dairy, many of which will be familiar to North Texans from farmers markets.