Grocery shopping during the coronavirus era is a whole new world of one-way streets, masks, careful planning, and extensive shopping lists. It is stressful. One way to get the stress out and support the local grocery store is to change your routine and go for smaller, locally owned grocers. These shops tend to be less crowded, and when you shop here, your dollars go straight back into our local economy. Plus, many of the spots on this list contain tons of Colorado foods, so it’s a double effort to do good.
Leevers LocavoreSunny side
This grocery and community center is new to Mile High – it only opened in November and is a new type of grocery store. Although it was founded by two brothers with extensive grocery store experience, this location is owned by the staff. And in addition to the typical staples, there are tons of local produce, including River Bear meat from Chef Justin Brunson and MouCo cheese. There are also food stalls on-site that are still open and serve ready-made meals like Basil Docs Pizza and One Two Three Sushi. And yes, they have toilet paper and eggs too. Park Hill
In addition to some of the best deli sandwiches in town, these Park Hill staples also feature a ton of Italian specialty foods and local produce. Do you need pasta, meat or cheese? This is your point of contact. And they also take and bake specialties like lasagna and mac & cheese for those nights when you just can’t wash pots and pans anymore. And if you grab a sandwich during your visit (and you definitely should) don’t forget to ask for a pickle spear. North Capitol Hill & Hale
Marczyk’s has been a staple in Denver for nearly two decades. The original location on the 17th just turned 18 in April 2020 and they are getting better every year as more local products and new culinary delights are added to their range. Currently they offer in-store purchases during the new limited hours, roadside collection and delivery via Instacart. That said, you can rate all of your regular staples as well as favorites like Rosenberg’s bagels, Niman Ranch meat, and Marczyk’s own line of ready-made meals, which includes everything from pizza dough to salads to chicken noodle soup, whichever makes you feel most comfortable.
Tony’s meat and marketLittleton, Dry Creek and Castle Pines
When in the South Subway region, Tony’s Market is heaven for quality local food. Dry Creek’s original location has existed since 1978 and today there are three locations serving the southern suburbs. From fish, seafood, and meat to produce, cheese, and ready-made meals, they have everything you need to eat well in your quarantine kitchen. They also make some of the best prepared foods in town. So if you want to stock up on cook-quality frozen and chilled meals, do so here. Platt Park
Never heard of Ruby’s Market? That’s likely because they should be opened for stay at home shortly after the order goes into effect. Once they have their grand opening, this will be a market for refugees, immigrants and indigenous entrepreneurs to share their culinary creations. Meanwhile, they have teamed up with the South Pearl Street Farmers Market to bring you market boxes to take away. Order from a selection of farmer’s market favorites like Colorado honey, pickles, cheese, hot sauces, breads, produce, noodles, and more. Build your own box online and swing for pickup at Ruby’s on Sundays from 12 noon to 2pm. Central business district
Located in downtown Sakura Square, this family-owned Asian grocer has been a staple of Mile High’s former Japantown for over 70 years. From products and seafood to Asian specialties, there is apparently everything here. Additionally, the on-site store has all kinds of knives, mandolins, sake sets, and tons of other goodies for your kitchen. Yes, you should buy a new teapot and matcha kit kats on your next rice and ramen run. And right here you can do just that.Denver milk marketBallpark
In the dining room of the restorer Frank Bonanno, there is usually a lot of activity at the bar or at lunch from one of the 16 concepts. But now they have turned into a one-stop shop for prepared groceries and groceries – not to mention a huge selection of alcohol. The prepared menu and some rotating family dinners for kids are available through UberEats, GrubHub and DoorDash. You can also pre-order for collection directly from the milk market. But for the full food selection that includes fresh and dried pasta, produce, meat, and side dishes, it is best to stop by. They are currently open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. hill
Owner Pete Moutzouris opened this small grocer in 1974 and still works regularly in the registry today. As the name suggests, they have plenty of fruits and vegetables. But there is also a wonderful selection of delicacies, baked goods, cheeses (including a variety of imported feta) and much more. In every corner, culinary delights are waiting to be discovered. Bonus: Pete’s is right across from High Point Creamery so you can buy something for your ice cream too.
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Molly Martin is a Denver-based freelance writer who has cooked using all the local produce she can find. Follow her @mollydbu on Instagram and Twitter for more information on how the Denver community is responding to COVID-19.