SINGAPORE — Small local businesses are essential to our economy. They support our community and neighbourhoods through employment, and meet our daily needs and demands. A lot of these enterprises are feeling the financial strain from the circuit breaker measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, and it can be difficult for them to sustain in the long run.
Here’s a list of direct producers, grocers and bookshops in Singapore - both small and big players - that you can support by buying from them online amid the very challenging business environment.
Home grocery delivery service
Open Taste curates from over 200 farms around the world, including Australia and France to bring you farm-to-table ingredients such as eggs, shellfish, vegetables and more.
Cold Storage is experiencing high demand and has advised consumers to check back on delivery slots. Each customer is subjected to a purchase limit.
From fruits, vegetables, masalas, spices, baby foods, snacks and meat to staples like personal care, pooja items and even instant mixes and batters, Push Cart delivers these items right up to your doorstep.
Skip long queues at the supermarkets and get food items such as plant-based meats and vegetables from Tangerine.
Waangoo is a chain of supermarkets in Singapore and India and has expanded its business with this online shopping service.
Purely Fresh is an online grocery concierge service that provides you the convenience of having local fresh produce and groceries at your fingertips.
Shopping for cut ready-to-use products? You’ll be able to find pre-cut vegetables for gourmet salads, freshly made soups and more here at this online grocer.
RedMart has introduced measures to ensure homes get their groceries on time, so be sure to check your shopping list: One order a day, with 35 items per order only.
To ensure your groceries get delivered, NTUC Fairprice is advising customers to check back daily for delivery slots.
This small grocer delivers spices such as cinnamon sticks, castor oil, and fenugreek salad, household items and dry food for your daily needs.
Be sure to check out some of Green Mart SG’s bestseller categories like herbs and spices, basmati rice, dhals and wheat flour.
With the circuit breaker measures in place, Sushaadi has advised delivery may take up to five business days.
You can find items like fruits, vegetables, snacks, biscuits and household products at Shivsagar. The business is not accepting calls right now, so best to contact it via WhatsApp.
Kitchen Affairs is a local Indian grocer that offers home delivery service. You’ll be able to find fresh palaak, methi and products from various parts of India.
Dish The Fish’s Instagram page is educational, sharing tips on sustainable seafood which it harvests from.
Mr Farmer sells ethically sourced and ethically farmed chickens from France (which are usually supplied to restaurants), pork, beef and eggs. It has a promotion right now, so be sure to check its website.
Citizen Farms practises sustainable urban farming, and teaches you to grow fresh herbs, leafy greens, sorrel, and edible flowers. Pick up from the Citizen Box online.
Sustenir Agriculture practices sustainable vertical farming, and you can find its store on RedMart.
As the only goat farm in Singapore since 1988, Hay Diaries provides home delivery once a week to specific locations.
The Sampan Catch’s produce is from a floating sea farm in Singapore near Pulau Ubin. Its stocks may also include harvest from other farms.
Located in Singapore, TankFully Fresh is an online seafood supply retailer where you can find lots of fresh and frozen seafood items.
Shiok Farm sources seasonal organic food and veggies direct from farms. Customers have to commit to the service for six months but it’s for a good cause as they will be supporting local farmers.
Small food and drinks business enterprises
If you’re looking for almond milk, Beyond Meat products or beef broth in a jar, then Sasha Fine Foods is up your alley.
Fancy a savoury spread of six oysters? Then Bublik is your answer as it not only delivers them fresh, it also has a range of bread, grains, pasta and condiments to fill your kitchen.
This tasting room and cocktail bar is now serving cocktails on delivery. When you order a packet, The Secret Mermaid ensures you have drinks good enough for two servings. Enjoy your negroni and old fashioned drinks in the comforts of your home.
If you loaf (sorry, we can’t help ourselves) bread, then you’ll want to get your hands on some warm sourdoughs from these Boys.
Lush Platters delivers beautiful cheese platters with dips, charcuterie, crackers, salads and fresh produce.
Starting from a two-month subscription, you’ll get home delivered fresh breads and pastries for the family to enjoy. We also like that Bready Yard serves a wide range of sandwiches and pasta.
Like us, if you hate chopping and mincing ingredients, then Prepped is the service you need to whip a home-cooked meal without the hassle. Prepped will prep all the ingredients and sauces for you and have the meal kits delivered to your home.
Craving for some simply good pies? If you love the classic English pork pie, or beef rendang pie, then head to this website to start ordering. There are also vegan options available.
Coffee lovers, you’ll need a dose of caffeine before you hit that video conference call button.
After making a debut in Hong Kong in 2017, Le Petit Croissant expanded to Singapore in 2019. It delivers brunch sets to your home, starting from S$45 for two.
Another meal kit service to your rescue! Prep and assemble restaurant quality food without the mincing process. Rubato also delivers handcrafted pasta like squid ink and yellow egg tagliatalle if you’re craving for an Italian meal.
Singapore’s publisher of fiction and non-fiction books since 2011, Epigram provides free shipping islandwide for the creative works by many Singapore-based authors.
At this independent bookstore, you can find categories like poetry, history, natural sciences, travel, and food, as well as merchandise and vintage trinkets. Shop for new titles such as Little Gods by Meng Jin and Escape Routes by Naomi Ishiguro.
Littered with Books is a chic bookshop housed in a conservation shophouse at Duxton Road stocking a range of literary, non-fiction, crime, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, travel and children books. It makes recommendations via its Facebook page.
The independent literary publisher bundles free e-books with the corresponding paperback purchases made through its website. For the full list of bundled titles, go to bit.ly/literaturewillalwaysbehere.