Co ops, farmers markets, direct from farmer and grow your own if your able. I have an enormous garden and an orchard to help feed my family. I also hope to start raising my own meat soon. Have a small flock of chickens for eggs. Don't know where you are but ask around for local produce. Trader Joe's is great, I miss it!
Michelle - posted on 12/21/2008
Buying local from the farmers market is the best bet!!! YOu have to keep in mind although its organic, if its getting shipped from places like Cali, than your not really helping the environment, because of the trucks bringing those goods to us! Alot of times, the vegetables and fruits at Whole Foods are from the local farmers!
Jenny - posted on 12/19/2008
Hi Laura! Great question! I had belonged to a coop in SC. If you buy bulk it is a great thing. It is from united food buying club. It is basically Whole Foods or Earthfare (from the Southeast area) in a catalog! Moms used to split cases or big bulk items like sugar and flour. Since I cannot always afford the organic fruits & veggies from the regular grocery stores, I used a special fruit & veggie rinse that removes the pesiticides. Every littke thing helps! Best of luck. :))
I'd also recommend finding a coop. We pay a small membership fee ($5 enrollment fee, then $6 a year) for great locally grown produce and other organics. Ours is right down the street, and we go a couple times a week for our produce and rarely spend over $10 for quite a lot. We also love the Farmer's Market. We still have to hit the regular grocery store for some stuff, as the coop is pretty small, but we try to get most of our ingredients there.
Laurie - posted on 12/03/2008
Not sure if you have a coop nearby, but that can sometimes be a money saver. Additionally, in my area I know that there are some farms that you can sign up with that will make a weekly delivery of fresh local produce and dairy. You pay a membership fee, but is supposed to make it much cheaper. The one problem is demand is so high that there is an astronomical waitlist.
Christine - posted on 11/28/2008
That is a great question! I also shop at Trader Joe's, and watch for sales on organics at the local grocery stores. Being a one income family it is tough and we have had to make sacrifices but isn't it worth it for our kids health?! I am going to attempt to grow my own tomatoes this year, it will be a start hopefully. If you eat beef, try to find a place that will sell a 1/2 or 1/4 steer (grass fed organic), that can help save money.
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