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Would you move to be near higher quality Paleo food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I'm not considering it just yet, but in my travels I have definitely discovered there is a disparity between certain locations and the availability of really awesome Paleo food. It's a relatively subjective question and depends on the individual - it will depend on how important Paleo is in their life relative to career, significant other (I mean they may not want to go with), etc.

I suppose this would be the modern day analog of seasonal migratory patterns for the sake of hunting/foraging ease.

Discuss...

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on February 20, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Oh, don't get me wrong - I'm very into the local businesses, and in fact never buy meat anywhere else but a butcher that only sells local grass-fed meat. However, Trader Joe's tends to be the cheapest for almost everything I regularly eat (second-cheapest for the grass-fed meat). I love supporting local businesses but, despite living in an area that's rife with health food stores, Trader Joe's is my fallback. My school choices are not dictated by TJ's presence; I just said that to indicate the importance of having access to good-quality, around-the-clock food from a store I trust.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

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on February 20, 2012
at 02:39 PM

And I forgot to add we have a major land-grant university, two liberal arts colleges and three community colleges in our town. Lots of smaller college towns have great opportunities without the chains.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on February 20, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Although I like Trader Joe's I would look a little deeper into the community than that. My town doesn't have a Trader Joe's or a Whole Foods or any chain natural foods store. It does have a fabulous farmers' market, locally-owned natural food stores and a large number of farmers nearby who raise pastured meats and dairy. We also have a large chain grocery store that carries it's own store-brand organics (very inexpensive!).

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on February 19, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Portland rocks! Too bad the weather isn't nicer...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 19, 2012
at 10:08 AM

We intend to move to Australia too! I want to live somewhere that I can raise my own animals and birds for meat and eggs and on a large enough parcel of land that I don't have to buy in too much (or possibly no) feed for them. You can't get much more local than that. :)

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on February 19, 2012
at 06:24 AM

My aunt lived in Port Townsend. I use to live in Poulsbo. Now they are both a few hours away... Very cool though...

F2cd77a6d2133ca3ae5b4353c4047577

on February 18, 2012
at 11:58 PM

You mean "The Mecca", no?

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on February 18, 2012
at 11:06 PM

I'm not going anywhere because southern Oregon is a mecca. So I'm just putting it out there that if you're looking for a place, many spots in Oregon are perfect for this reason. Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, Ashland, Grants Pass...there's a little something for everyone. Aside from the usual Farmers' Market offerings, I have access to grass-fed beef, bison, and lamb, pastured pork, chickens, and eggs, and fresh sustainable seafood. Not to mention all the outdoor opportunities.

Sheesh, I should just go work for the chamber of commerce or something...

F2cd77a6d2133ca3ae5b4353c4047577

on February 18, 2012
at 11:58 PM

You mean "The Mecca", no?

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B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

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on February 18, 2012
at 10:53 PM

I consider being able to purchase fresh, sustainably and ethically-raised meat, dairy, eggs and produce an important part of the livability of my community. There are many things that go into livability, but this is one of the most important for me as is access to natural areas to hike in and parks to play in. Without these things, the quality of my life would be greatly diminished. Luckily, I live in a fabulous community that has these qualities, but when I finish my Ph.D. and start looking for work, I won't move to a place that doesn't have these things. No way!

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on February 18, 2012
at 09:55 PM

This is always one of the biggest factors in our choice of where to move!

Having lived in some of the best places to be localvores (Port Townsend, WA and Santa Fe, NM), I can't imagine moving anywhere that doesn't have affordable sustainably-raised meat, dairy & produce.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on February 19, 2012
at 06:24 AM

My aunt lived in Port Townsend. I use to live in Poulsbo. Now they are both a few hours away... Very cool though...

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on February 19, 2012
at 03:32 PM

I would indeed. I see the frustration of people with little access to foods we consider to be the staples of a healthy life and I couldn't/don't want to have to deal with that. Those of us who live in progressive areas are so very lucky. Once you live that way...I cannot imagine having to go back.

I am currently looking to move and my two criteria are that the city/town must have a Whole Foods (or similar) and it must not have a Hooters. Everything else is negotiable.

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on February 19, 2012
at 09:13 AM

We live in Europe and are moving to Australia sometime this year. Due to our allergies and the availability of good meat and veg it makes the choice a little bit easier. Maybe its not the main reason but its one of the advantages....

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 19, 2012
at 10:08 AM

We intend to move to Australia too! I want to live somewhere that I can raise my own animals and birds for meat and eggs and on a large enough parcel of land that I don't have to buy in too much (or possibly no) feed for them. You can't get much more local than that. :)

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on February 18, 2012
at 11:58 PM

If I lived in an area where organic food and quality grass-fed meat was unavailable - then I would definitely move! Happily I am in Portland, where people demand organic food anyway, so we have a lot of options.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on February 19, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Portland rocks! Too bad the weather isn't nicer...

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273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on February 18, 2012
at 11:52 PM

When I leave college, whats available will definitely have an effect on where I decide to go....

...Im looking into denver for sure!

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on February 18, 2012
at 09:55 PM

The place I buy my GF beef from is an hour away from were I am now, plus there are plenty of other places around there better than the grocery store, like farmers markets, etc.

So yes, when I move it will be closer to that area.

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D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

on February 19, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Living in Northern VA I've had a pretty good access to good quality foods. I've never lived anywhere else, but there's a 95% chance I'm moving when I go to college in 2013. While I'm looking at schools, I've been making sure the areas they're in are paleo-friendly. The first thing I did for most schools I researched was see if there was a Trader Joe's nearby...

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on February 20, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Although I like Trader Joe's I would look a little deeper into the community than that. My town doesn't have a Trader Joe's or a Whole Foods or any chain natural foods store. It does have a fabulous farmers' market, locally-owned natural food stores and a large number of farmers nearby who raise pastured meats and dairy. We also have a large chain grocery store that carries it's own store-brand organics (very inexpensive!).

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1071)

on February 20, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Oh, don't get me wrong - I'm very into the local businesses, and in fact never buy meat anywhere else but a butcher that only sells local grass-fed meat. However, Trader Joe's tends to be the cheapest for almost everything I regularly eat (second-cheapest for the grass-fed meat). I love supporting local businesses but, despite living in an area that's rife with health food stores, Trader Joe's is my fallback. My school choices are not dictated by TJ's presence; I just said that to indicate the importance of having access to good-quality, around-the-clock food from a store I trust.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on February 20, 2012
at 02:39 PM

And I forgot to add we have a major land-grant university, two liberal arts colleges and three community colleges in our town. Lots of smaller college towns have great opportunities without the chains.

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