Springfield company delivers food boxes to your doorstep

  • Jeremy Durrin, an employee of Simos Produce and Dairy, makes a home delivery in Southampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Jeremy Durrin, an employee of Simos Produce and Dairy, makes a home delivery in Southampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS—CAROL LOLLIS

  • Jeremy Durrin, an employee of Simos Produce and Dairy, makes a home delivery in Southampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS—CAROL LOLLIS

  • Jeremy Durrin, an employee of Simos Produce and Dairy, makes a home delivery in Southampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS—CAROL LOLLIS

  • Jeremy Durrin, an employee of Simos Produce and Dairy, makes a home delivery in Southampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS—CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 3/22/2020 8:39:43 PM

SPRINGFIELD — After most restaurants, schools and care facilities close down or scaled back, company president Trevor Emond and his team at Simos Produce brainstormed a solution for both their business and the community.

As a wholesaler, Simos primarily works with large accounts, and they weren’t ordering following closures because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. So Emond thought smaller. The company began offering a curated grocery box delivery service Monday.

“It’s something we’ve thought about a lot in the past because people have asked us before. Being in the produce business it’s one of the perks,” Emond said. “As a vegetarian I’ve always brought stuff home. We’ve always offered it to friends in need. We have a lot of friends and family in the community that we don’t want leaving their houses.”

Each box costs $55 and can be ordered over the phone at 413-734-8232. Simos delivers within roughly a 20-mile radius of its Avocado Street warehouse, stretching roughly up to Greenfield and out to Huntington and Wilbraham, encompassing much of the Pioneer Valley. Customers pay over the phone to limit contact, and the delivery is a drop off rather than a hand off to help social distancing. The boxes can also be picked up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the warehouse in Springfield.

“Now we’ve transitioned to doing this curated grocery box It allows people to order staples to have in their refrigerators and pantries for a week or two,” Simos account manger Jeremy Durrin said. “What we’re giving people is way less than what you’d spend at a grocery store. We’re direct to farmers so we get the best pricing. We’re trying to save people money.”

The boxes contain cheese, eggs, milk, fruits and vegetables. The full list can be found at http://www.simosproduce.com/.

“People have been really happy. We haven’t had any complaints at all. Everybody’s loved the produce,” Emond said. “We’ve already had repeat customers.”

The uptick in business has helped keep the Simos warehouse running and its workers employed. Some of its employees have been there for 30 years.

“If they got laid off it was gonna mess their lives up,” Durrin said. “We’re going to keep people delivering, working.”

The Somos program also provides an alternative to grocery delivery services like Peapod or Instacart that have been backed up because of volume during the pandemic. Somos has been able to keep up with its promise of a 24-hour turnaround all week. If someone calls in the morning and there are additional or leftover boxes, they can be picked up that afternoon.


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