SUPPORTING LOCAL WHILE IN QUARANTINE
When Cochrane resident Carley O’Kane and her husband returned from a trip to the United States recently, they got the news they would have to self-isolate for 14 days. She was worried about getting supplies at first — the fridge was empty after being away — and they usually shop in town, so they didn’t know how they were going to stay home and still support their favourites.
Carley was thrilled to find out how easy it is to support local producers and businesses. “We ordered fresh veggies, cheese and meat from Cultivater.ca – an online Alberta farmers’ market,” said Carley. “We ordered additional meat and fish from Trulocal.ca – an online delivery service for local meat products.”
Many Cochrane grocers have responded to the pandemic by stepping up in-store cleaning efforts and offering early shopping hours for seniors, immune-compromised and those living with disabilities (No Frills, Safeway, Save-On Foods and Walmart). Others are providing curbside pickup (Save-On Foods, Walmart) or delivery for isolated individuals (Save-On Foods).
“We were even able to have some tasty local craft beverages delivered for free from The Beer Den,” added Carley. Several local liquor stores now offer delivery (Beer Den, Bow Ridge Wine and Spirits, Happy’s Liquor and Vinestone) while others will provide curbside service upon request.
Carley told us that they also order take out frequently to support their favourite local restaurants that deliver, such as Guy’s Bakery, Sakura and The Boot. Shop Cochrane has put together a full list of who’s offering take out and delivery around town so whether you’re self-isolating or just don’t feel like cooking, you can support your favourite local eateries too!
Self-isolation is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of virus. In Cochrane, there are a lot of options to make those 14 days easier for you, and safer for the rest of the community. Find the full list of local eateries offering take out and delivery here.