Shop Local to Elevate Your Stay-at-Home Breakfast

Here’s where to find coffee, eggs and more to make your stay-at-home breakfast the best part of the day.
by Addie Ladner

No commute, no drop-off, no crack-of-dawn fitness class? With no place to rush off too, now’s the time to really relish breakfast. Source essentials like coffee to eggs to treats like better dishware from local shops and fully take advantage of the time at home. Here’s our list of places to get breakfast necessities during the coronavirus to make your first meal of the day, the best meal of the day.

Where to buy Coffee, Tea and Milk

Order whole bean or ground Raleigh-roasted Benelux Coffee straight to your door (they’ve got loose-leaf tea too). Ask for their holiday or espresso blend, which tick all the boxes of nutty, creamy and a little bit bitter. If you want something more chill as the temperatures warm, try Jubala’s batched ice latte, which you can order online. Not a coffee drinker? Take advantage of Tin Roof Teas‘ expansive loose leaf herbal tea selection with their easy curbside pickup option with just a phone call order or online. Use the code STAYWELL for free shipping on orders $30 or more or shop in-store, safely, from 12-5 pm.

As for milk—for the kids or to splash into your caffeinated drink—take a drive out to scenic Hillsborough to stop by Maple View Farm‘s ice cream shop for curbside local ice cream and smooth creamy milk (chocolate too) served old-school style in glass bottles. For a closer option, head to Ninja Cow Farm‘s farm shop for both raw and pasteurized milk (eggs and bacon also).

Where to Buy Biscuits, Bread and Pastries

Neighborhood bakery Yellow Dog Bread Co., can equip you with all loads of bread and pastries . Grab their housemade seasonal jam and peanut butter ($3.50 each) for spreading. Order from Yellow Dog via call-ahead and walk-up or curbside pick-up. (P.S. They’re also also selling local milk by the gallon for $4.75 and eggs for $4.) Union Special Bread‘s People’s Loaf of soft white bread made with whole grains is wildly popular and, for just five bucks, it’s easy to see why. They also have a pay-it-forward loaf if you’ve been wanting an easy way to give back.

La Farm Bakery is driving around to various neighborhoods and selling bread straight from their bread truck. You can also pick up baguettes, croissants and manyother menu options curbside. For a more Southern spin, try an order of buttery biscuits from The Morning Times. There’s also the wildly popular Benchwarmers Bagels, where you can pick up house-made bagels by the dozen and half-dozen.

Where to Buy Eggs, Fruit and More

You can’t brunch at Mandolin right now, but you can order eggs straight from their farm to be delivered to your door. Through their Farmhouse Meal options, they’ve got bacon, bagels, donuts and more for pickup or delivery. Well-Fed/Urban Sweet Peas Garden, located on Athens Drive, used to source to Irregardless and other eat-ins—but with restaurants closed, they’ve opened up to sell to the everyday consumer. Get their golden-yolked eggs and greens to serve with them by visiting the farm, order from them online, or give them a call and they’ll do curbside pick up.

Don’t forget sweet and in-season local strawberries from Logan’s Garden Shop where you can also shop for plants and other produce (a curbside pickup is also an option). Rebus Works also has eggs, along with other local offerings like sausage, for online order with curbside pickup. The NC State Farmers Market is open too, where in addition to strawberries, you can get local meats and cheese if you want your breakfast to take a more European vibe.

Where to Get the Extras

Set the scene with a nice, new mug—you deserve it!—from resident Boylan Heights potters Liz Kelly or Gretchen Quinn.

Consider settling down your news the old-fashioned way, via the The News & Observer in print instead of on Twitter. For alternate reading material, curl up with a new book from Quail Ridge or Read with Me, which are taking online orders (Read with Me is even delivering).

Instead of listening to the news, tune in to nothing, and listen to the early morning birdsong of the Carolina Wren or Blue Jay as the sky brightens. Or listen to NC’s Food & Beverage Podcast or local museum educator Emily Kotecki’s Museum Buzz. There’s also our new What I’m Doing series, in which locals offer their cooking, projecting, musical and other shelter-in-place adventures for inspiration. And don’t forget to enjoy these cooler morning temperatures when you still need a sweater while they last.

Who and what are we missing? Let us know, we’ll add to this list and help spread the word as much as we can.