Montclair’s Illuminate Food Brings Farm Fresh Food and More To Your Door

If you like the convenience of a weekly food box, Montclair’s Illuminate Food delivers food from area farmers to your door. Founded by Danielle Schwab in April 2020 with the goal of helping to get more food from local farms to people, Illuminate Food delivers weekly boxes every Wednesday.

Each Illuminate Farm Box, packed in a reusable wood crate, is brimming with six to eight seasonal vegetables and fruit, milk, eggs, yogurt or cheese as well as one to two local specialty goods (including treats from various local bakeries including Le French Dad!) as well as bread.

Along with the box, there are customized recipes each week to inspire you to make the most of your haul as well as an email to let you know what to expect in your next box.

In addition to farms, Illuminate Food partners with other local restaurants to support their businesses.

This recent box featured kale from Sunny Harvest, PA; farro from Good Bottle Refill Shop; Basil from Gehman, PA, Cilantro and Parslet from Dagele Brothers Produce, NY; potatoes from MX Morningstar Farms; navel oranges from Bernard Ranches, CA; labne cheese from Chutzpah Kitchen in Maplewood; tahini from Soom Foods; pitas from Fattal’s; eggs from Hazelman Farms and milk from Five Acre Farms, NY

Besides the weekly delivery box, Illuminate Food’s Montclair store offers the opportunity for anyone to drop by and shop around for what they need — staples include pasta, sauces, milk, cheese, condiments, shelf-stable sweets, plus limited seasonal produce and prepared foods. They’ve also launched meal kits so you receive only what you need for easy meals that are customizable to the way you eat, and allow you to build your pantry for future cooking. Check out those recipes here.

Illuminate Food, 113 Grove Street (at Walnut), Montclair. Store hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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