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Community Based Groceries Packages

The Connected Chef is now offering an affordable, community-based grocery package to bring fresh, locally sourced ingredients to your door that directly supports our Queens community.

Community Based
Grocery Packages
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Since April 2020, The Connected Chef has been providing free grocery packages to Queens families out of work and disproportionately affected by COVID-19 through our Lifeline Grocery Program.

In an effort to strengthen our community’s food supply and ensure that all Queens residents have access to local, nutrient-dense groceries, we are excited to announce our new community-based grocery package.

This grocery package is a subscription-based, paid package open to all Queens residents.
It is the first grocery package with the mission to ensure we all have access to the same quality food, regardless of our income.

The payment for your grocery box will be on a sliding scale based on what they feel capable of spending, to ensure equal and quality food for all Queens residents.

What's Inside?

Through our community partnerships and newly developed relationships with local farms, your family will receive a weekly package of groceries sourced from local farms within 2 hours of NYC.

We will take care of curating the box ingredients for you and ensuring that you are given a variety of ingredients that continue to be local and seasonal.

Base Box Ingredients Includes:
6-7 varieties of fresh veggies
2-3 varieties of fresh fruits
1 pound grains (pasta or rice or oats)
1 pound legumes (lentils or bean variety)

*20 - 25 lb. of food in each base box*

As parents and chefs, we understand what is easy to make and what ingredients are versatile. We guarantee that each week your box will include a variety of ingredients that you can mix and match for your weekly meals.

You have the option of adding on additional items to your grocery box each week. All add ons are brought to you by local Queens businesses who offer high-quality ingredients, sourced locally.

Add-ons available weekly Click here for details.

You will receive a weekly email letting you now what you will be getting in the week to come. This will also be your chance to add on any items to your order.

All grocery packages will delivered or available for pick up each Friday.

Order in 3 easy steps:

1. Sign up for your weekly subscription at the price that suits you. (cancel anytime)

2. Select home delivery or pick up at your local neighborhood pick up spot

3. Add on some items from local business!

Our Pricing Model

We believe that everyone deserves quality food. Healthy food is a right.

In an effort to make sure this box is accessible to all Queen’s residents regardless of income, we have instituted a tiered pricing option.

Please select the payment option that best suits your household. No questions asked.

If you opt for a larger tier, that payment will help offset the costs of other community-based boxes.

All additional proceeds go directly to support our Lifeline Grocery Initiative that serves free food to families disproportionately effected by COVID-19.

Tier 1: $20/week
Tier 2: $35/week
Tier 3: $49/week

Our Community Guarantee

We guarantee that this program will be 100% community based.

From the food we source, the employees we hire and the businesses we partner with.

This Community Based Grocery Package will maintain relationships that support the regular, every-day people of Queens, NY. We promise to put BIPOC and women owned businesses in the forefront and will strive to ensure that this grocery package continues to get into the hands of all Queens residents, regardless of income, race and immigration status.

Each grocery subscription is a basic box of fresh fruits, vegetables and grains sourced from local farms in NY, NJ, PA. We work to maintain relationships with small farmers in a close proximity to NYC to ensure we are giving back and supporting our local agricultural economy.

All staff hired to pack groceries are Queens residents and all businesses offering add-on items are Queens businesses.

Additionally, any proceeds from the boxes will go straight back into our Lifeline Grocery Program to eliminate food insecurity in Queens' communities that continue to be disproportionately effected by COVID-19.

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Base Box Ingredients Includes:

6-7 varieties of fresh veggies
2-3 varieties of fresh fruits
1 pound grains
1 pound legumes

*20 - 25 lb. of food in each base box*

Add Ons:

Aside from the basic box items, you also have the option to purchase add on items that are sources from local Queens businesses. These items can be included on a weekly, biweekly or monthly add on.

Add On Details

Additional Produce Options

Lemons - 3 for $2
Lemons - 3 for $2
Fresh Herbs - $1.25/bunch
Fresh Herbs - $1.25/bunch
Limes - 5 for $2
Limes - 5 for $2

Local Milk Options

ronnybrook milk

Half Gallon - $4.50

"Ronnybrook Farms is located in the Hudson Valley and are committed to providing a local source of fresh minimally processed all natural dairy products wrapped up in an overriding commitment to the humane treatment of animals.

Ronnybrook welcomes visitors to see how their cows are cared for and to experience the green rolling pasture of the Hudson Valley. Visitors can tour the barn where "the ladies" spend much of their time during the cold northeast winter months."

almond milk

32 fl. oz. - $4.50

Elmhurst is a local company based in NY. Previously a family business that closed in 2016 and then reopened in 2017 to offer plant based milks. Elmhurst is dedicated to sustainable methods of processing their plant based milks.

oat milk

32 fl. oz. - $6.50

Elmhurst is a local company based in NY. Previously a family business that closed in 2016 and then reopened in 2017 to offer plant based milks. Elmhurst is dedicated to sustainable methods of processing their plant based milks.

Plaza Meat Market of Astoria

Astor Apiaries is an urban honey bee farm based in New York City run by Master Beekeeper, Nick Hoefly and Ashley Hoefly. We produce local NYC Raw Honey and put quality over quantity, only harvesting surplus honey while leaving the bees with plenty of honey for their own consumption. We always work toward sustainable and regenerative beekeeping by keeping and breeding healthy bees acclimated to our climate. We also curate a line of exceptional honey from different regions in the US that is produced by beekeepers as passionate about their bees as we are of ours. Astor Apiaries honey is always real, pure, unadulterated honey responsibly harvested from happy healthy hives.

Organic Eggs, 1 dozen - $2.50

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Organic Whole Chicken, approx. 3.5 lb. - $12.50

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Plaza Meat Market is a Greek owned and operated butcher located in Astoria, Queens. They purchase their poultry & other meats from a variety of local farmers from the Hudson Valley, NY. Items available through our community based grocery box includes chicken, pork skewers and eggs.

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NYC Raw Honey, 8oz. - $15

NYC honey

This honey is harvested in Queens & Brooklyn from our own rooftop and backyard honey bees. We do not mess with the hard work of the bees that create the honey, so we do everything possible to make sure they have everything that they need to make the best quality honey that they can.

This honey is local and is harvested without heat or pasteurization. All we do is strain out the comb and bits that aren’t part of the honey so that we are left with the pure product of the bees. All the enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and pollens are left in for a beautifully sweet product that we are happy to share with you!

Blueberry Blossom Raw Honey, 8oz. - $12

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This light amber honey has a full-bodied flavor with a hint of fruitiness. This honey is made from bees that have primarily harvested the pollen from fragrant blueberry blossoms. It is not blueberry flavored, but an echo of the blossoms that give it its light hint of fruitiness. This raw honey hasn’t been pasteurized or processed and therefore is not uniform in color.

This honey has a naturally light flavor and is perfect for drizzling over baked goods, or even just as a compliment to butter on your favorite bread. From the comb to your table, it is the perfect natural sweetener for all your baking needs!

Wildflower Raw Honey, 8oz. - $12

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Falling in between Clover and Buckwheat kinds of honey in taste, this raw honey is made from the various nectars of wildflowers. Due to the variety of nectars, this honey can have different flavors depending upon which wildflowers the bees harvested from and which season the flowers were in when they were visited by the bees.
In general, Spring and Summer honey is a light amber color, whereas the Fall and Winter varieties of Wildflower Raw honey are darker in color and contain more antioxidants.

This honey is raw, meaning that it is not pasteurized and comes to you in its most natural and direct from the hive state.

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Hellgate Farm is a network of residential and rooftop gardens in Queens, NYC. We wish to promote urban gardening and a permaculture lifestyle within our community, providing opportunities for people interested in these practices to connect and learn, as well as share in the abundance of the harvest.

Wild Habanero Hot Sauce - $8

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This Wild Habanero sauce is great for a milder cooking option, adding heat and tang from the habañero peppers and apple cider vinegar. We love it on our eggs in the morning with some tortillas, too!

Smokin' Green Hot Sauce - $8

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This Smokin' Green hot sauce is great when used as a finishing sauce on your completed dish! Chili, Carnitas, or even a warm bean soup are great compliments!

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Bench Flour Bakers is a small, but mighty baking company hoping to integrate delicious, wholesome treats into the vibrant and exciting Queens community, and beyond.

Our food philosophy is simple and honest, just like the food we make. All-natural. Fresh. Seasonal. We use local and organic produce whenever possible. Our hope is to connect with local New York farms to utilize locally-milled, organic flour and the best fruits and veggies that we can, from the best sources.

Simply put, we make baked goods with the best ingredients, and we hope they make your day just a little brighter.

Sourdough Loaf - $8

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Milkbread Loaf - $8

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