© Josh Poulain
Owner Josh Poulain sports his Minty Delivers jacket. The grocery delivery service is now offering local products from Wolfville's Elderkin's Farm Market.
There's more than one way to get your groceries, especially now that the province's first online grocery delivery service has partnered with Elderkin's Farm Market & Bakery in Wolfville.
Minty Delivers will be offering local and organic produce, meats and baked goods from Elderkin's to residents of the HRM.
"There's everything from asparagus, vegetables, potato, broccoli, berries, peaches," says Minty founder Josh Poulain. "As well as a full range of bakery fresh baked goods, jams and preserves, and local meat."
Poulain started his grocery company one year ago. Now, he's one of three drivers Minty employs to fill 20 to 30 daily orders throughout the municipality.
Back in May, Poulain says he was approached by the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Education and Development to help advise a start-up delivery service working with Elderkin's.
"Rather than starting a new business and competing with me, we decided to pool our resources,” he says.
Shipments from the Valley only started a few weeks ago, but Poulain says if all goes well then more local providers could be included in his service.
"We're always interested in adding more local products," he says, noting that he's been talking to suppliers at the Seaport Farmers' Market. "It's quite a hot topic right now."
Aside from Elderkin's wares, Minty Delivers distributes Superstore and Tim Hortons products. Orders are placed online, and can be scheduled in advance, seven days a week. Elderkin's products are currently only delivered every Friday, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Delivery fees are based on where Minty drops off the groceries. Most of the Halifax peninsula comes in at $6.99, while much of the rest of the HRM is around $9 to $10.
Poulain says he started the business with the idea that most of his customers were going to be seniors unable to get the groceries they need.
"Why that’s certainly a large portion of our customer base, I was surprised that there is no main demographic," he says. "We get a lot of students, a lot of single mothers, and a lot of people with disabilities."
Customers order from all different income levels too. Though Minty's prices and service charges vary, the grocery deliveries can be useful for urban dwellers located far from grocery stores, in so called “food deserts.”
"It's still less expensive than it is to catch a taxi back and forth," says Poulain. "And the cabs don't bring the groceries up to your apartment."
You can place your order with Minty Delivers, at www.mintydelivers.com.