A new food delivery service offers an alternative selection of fresh food right to your door.
Orangeville Vegan Meals provides healthy vegan and gluten-free meals. This includes green curry, baked orange tofu with broccoli and rice, chunky lentil stew, vegan cookies and brownies and more.
“One of my favourite things is to cook,” said Blake Speers, owner of Orangeville Vegan Meals. “I wanted to do that on a wide scale. I was inspired by catering companies, but I knew that wasn’t what I wanted to do.”
With Orangeville Vegan Meals, families can buy ready-made meals or freeze them and not spend time cooking in a kitchen.
Those interested can visit orangevilleveganmeals.com, view a menu and check out products worth trying. Orders should be in by Wednesday at noon for delivery on Thursdays between 4 and 8 p.m. The menu changes every week.
Delivery to Orangeville, Alton and Mono is complimentary, while a $50 order minimum is required for Erin, Hillsburg, Elora, and Fergus residents.
Speers has been vegan for six years now. She does not miss cheese or meat. She became a vegan after noticing there was a lot of cholesterol in eggs and meat that can clog arteries.
“In vegan meals, there’s no cholesterol at all,” said Speers. “Your cholesterol is monitored by your own body.”
Foods that are high in saturated and trans fats increase blood cholesterol levels, she said adding it may increase one's risk of developing heart disease.
She developed the business at the end of August 2020, working with two to three cooks and two delivery drivers who dropped off her food to families in Dufferin Country.
“It was like a dream come true because I was doing social media for other people, but then I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for it, if I wanted to have a company,” said Speers. “Once I thought about the idea, I was inspired to create the social posts and websites. I find it fun, mostly.”
She rents out a commercial kitchen in Orangeville to make all the food, saying that the business has been good so far.
“It keeps growing,” said Speers. “The most popular items have been the green curry and banana bread.”
Other menu items include vegan cheeses, cookies, soups and burrito bowls.
She previously cooked healthy meals for families with a busy lifestyle working as a nanny for five years.
Speers plans to attend farmers markets in the summer to showcase her palette of food.
“I went to one last year called the Mom’s Market at Hockley Valley, and I also went to one at GoYoga last summer.”
When not in the kitchen or practising yoga, Speers can be found at one of her favourite Mexican or Thai restaurants.
Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Orangeville Banner