Where to Order Real Food {No Mask Required}

admin July 16, 2020

I’m exhausted.

In my state — Ohio — the governor has created a system where counties are rated levels 1 – 4, and if you hit level 3, your county has mandatory masks.  I think the system is stupid because you can reach a level 3 just by having more people get tested (which they’re encouraging…) and having more of those tests come back positive.  Even if the hospitalization rate and death rates aren’t going up.  Which is exactly what is happening right now.

I don’t do masks.  I’m not going to bother to make any argument for that here, because everyone has already made up their minds for or against them, and all people do is yell, name call, and fight about it.  I believe everyone should have a choice.  I won’t mock you if you wear one; I’m just asking for the same respect.

Anywayit’s my goal to shift my shopping to small businesses that let customers order real food directly so that I can meet my family’s needs through foods that can be shipped to me or that I can go pick up without setting foot in a store or needing to put on a mask.  I know many others are seeking this info, too, so I thought I’d compile it here.

Some of the places will give you the best deal if you buy in bulk — offering free shipping at a certain level, and discounts if you buy larger packages or more items.  Consider buying less often and stocking up, or going in on items with local friends.  I do this a few times a year at least.







Pantry Goods

Grains and Breads

Sugars and Sweeteners



Extras and Misc.

Major Businesses Not Requiring Masks

Where I can’t order what I need, I’m filling in with regular grocery stores that allow you to shop without masks — at least, at the corporate level.  (Some cities may vary depending on the government.)  I’m using curbside pick up from these.

  • Aldi
  • Meijer

Costco, Menard’s Walmart/Sam’s Club, and Kroger/Fred Meyer all require masks nationwide at this point.

I’ll add more resources to this list as I find them!

Are you shopping or choosing to order real food these days?

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  1. Thanks for the info. I feel the same way about masks.


  2. Masks are required where I live, but I’ve yet to wear one. If anyone says anything, I inform them I have a medical condition that makes me medically exempt. Only our local, independent grocery store had made an issue of it, and called the police on people, so we’ve stopped shopping there. Everywhere else has been fine.


  3. Before having food shipped, look into your local farms. We have a farm that’s about an hour away, I have done business with for over 2 decades. They sell dairy, beef, eggs, chicken, pork, and in the summer all kinds of fruits and veggies. They deliver three days a week. Chad Carlton has been developing this business model over the years. He and his wife Julie are the hardest working people around. I’ve been with them since he started taking over operations from his dad, who still helps out. Do a little research and support some of your locals. I’ll bet you have some great small farms near you!


  4. For prescriptions Walgreens in My town is offering next day delivery through Fedex. I’m in Missouri near St. Louis metro area


  5. The new Meijer in NE Ohio is requiring masks. We won’t be going there now. I also don’t agree with the level system or how they’re calculating these “spikes”.


  6. Aldi and meijer caved. Aldi as of 6/27, Meijer as of 6/20.


  7. I walked into a Meijer tonight. There was a big sign outside the door that said “STOP – face coverings required” I walked in anyway without a mask. No one said a word and I was in the store for over an hour. I just keep my distance from everybody. I have never had a problem yet but I go shopping either early in the morning or in the evening. Not at peak times.


  8. We’re in Indiana Amish country – lots of small, Amish businesses do not require customers to wear masks. Bakery, meat store, grocery, herb store, etc. Plus lots of produce stands, eggs, etc at individual farms.


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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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