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Where do you obtain your food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Regular grocery, warehouse club (Costco, Sams etc), big box store (Walmart, Target etc)? Produce stands or markets, butchers, fish markets? Asian markets, other ethnic or specialty markets? Health food stores? Farmers market, CSA, meat share, direct from farmer, pick your own? Home garden, friends garden, raise your own meat or chicken etc? Foraging, hunting, fishing? Gleaning? Something I missed?

I'm sure most of us get foods from multiple sources. How many and which sources do you use? Reasons, experiences, happy with your choices/opportunities in your area?

Added: My shopping includes the local farmers market for all my meat, eggs and most produce. That's the bulk of my shopping. I go to Costco for things like avocados, citrus, mangos, and frozen and canned fish, basically things that aren't locally grown - 1-2 times per month. Asian market for coconut milk, spices, unusual or hard to find produce like Korean and Okinawan sweet potatoes 1-2 times per month. Health food store rarely to get things like whole fat yogurt. Local grocery store occasionally to pick up things odd and ends (hot sauce, tea). Local farms produce stand if I couldn't make it to farmers market - rare. I'm lucky to live in an area with a convenient and excellent farmers market.

Amazon for coconut oil. Wow, I go to a lot of different places. Some I didn't even mention because they're very seasonal.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on July 18, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Yeah, I've tried a couple of fish CSAs in the Boston area. My favorite of the two gets the fish off of Cape Ann. It's pretty inexpensive, about $20 per week for 4-6 lbs of fish, and I usually get the fish heads so I can make a good stock.

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:45 PM

eat your free-range pastured slugs! they probably have optimal omega ratios. Escargo right there in your garden.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:44 PM

eat the slugs! escargo right there in your garden!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:13 PM

Oh! A fish CSA sounds great. Is it local fish?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:10 PM

*Slaps head* How could I forget? That's one that's high on my list!

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Even I know the roast date matters! And coffee does too go bad. It's full of oils that can easily go rancid. I wouldn't have been able to hold my tongue....

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Add to that list asian grocery store. Wide variety of vegetables and low prices.

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:08 PM

It is good to keep your local slugs happy!

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on July 18, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I work for a co-op, so I buy most of my stuff there with my staff discount. Otherwise, Fred Meyer and sometimes Costco.

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on July 18, 2012
at 05:37 PM

for me it's all of the above except: raise your own meat or chicken etc? Foraging, hunting, fishing

In terms of how much, that's seasonal: fruits and veggies primarily my garden and my CSA (although Wegmens comes in handy when there's an odd hankering). Meats are mostly farmers market, although I am planning a cow pool so I can be forced to try new cuts of meat. Eggs are mostly from Wegmans. When we go picking I usually buy eggs direct at that time, but it's too far for my regular list. Spices I get direct from the farmer.

Everywhere else is fair game depending on the need/time

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on July 18, 2012
at 05:29 PM

As a single mom I've been trying to limit my shopping trips to 1 or 2 short times per week, or 1 longer excursion per week. Paleo helps with the shorter trips twice a week. Since Whole Foods is the only place I can find that sells grass-fed near me, so I have been trying to see how to balance my budget there shopping only there. I have recently refined my shopping trips to acceptable dollar amounts by using the Paleo Poor Guide to the Grocery Store by Whole9, and also their good Seasonal Produce guide.

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on July 18, 2012
at 05:07 PM

I'm another "all over the place" person.

I have a meat CSA.

I get pastured eggs and dairy at the "fancy" grocery store in my neighborhood. They actually carry full fat Greek yogurt, unlike Safeway. (Though I've recently discovered Kerrygold cheese at my neighborhood Safeway, so I might start getting cheese there.)

There is a butcher shop close by where I get my "odd bits" like chicken liver, beef heart, and marrow bones, though I need to find a less expensive source for these because they seem really overpriced at my butcher's. I've tried to arrange something with the rancher who provides my meat, but he sells his offal and whatnot to pet food suppliers, I believe.

I go to the farmer's market for most of my produce, unless I run out mid-week, in which case I get it from the fancy grocery store mentioned above.

I get plantains at the bodega down the street.

If I make a trip to Trader Joe's, I load up on frozen wild salmon and nuts (and then proceed to eat all the nuts in a matter of days....)

I get coconut oil and canned tuna from Amazon.

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on July 18, 2012
at 04:46 PM

All over the place.

We raise goats for meat (and intermittent dairy), chickens for eggs, and have a garden and some fruit trees.

We buy beef and pork from a local butcher (local meat, and pastured, though not necessarily exclusively) and sometimes directly from the farmer.

We participate in http://www.bountifulbaskets.org/, which provides a lot of our produce.

We get eggs (our chickens produce about half of what we use - need to get some more!) and nuts at a local convenience store, which actually has better prices and sourcing than the supermarkets on these.

Most of the rest we get at Safeway or Walmart. Sometimes we go to one of the local asian grocers for something or other. There is no Whole Foods, TJ's, Costco, or anything of the sort anywhere within reasonable driving distance, though we'll sometimes stock up when we go to one of the big cities.

Shredded coconut, good quality canned goods (esp. canned tuna - all the stuff in the stores has soy), and so forth from amazon. Spices are generally from spicesage.com.

The local farmer's market was no good when we first moved here, but I'd like it give it another try, because my understanding is that it's improved.

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:23 PM

I rarely shop in stores anymore, which saves me BOTH time and money. I don't have time nor energy to go to multiple stores each week and this way I have what I need on hand at all times (and I don't fall into the trap of impulse shopping!)

I get all of my meats (pork, beef, chicken) directly from farmers, since I don't have access to farms near me, they're all shipped (frozen) to my front door, except beef which I pick up once every six months two hours away from me. I pay prices that are comparable (if not LOWER) for grassfed/pastured than most people pay for conventional by buying in bulk from the right farms.

You can find a farm local to you, or one that ships, here: www.eatwild.com I do buy wild caught or sustainably farmed seafood, mainly when it's on sale at Whole Foods-- I find that Whole Foods, on sale, usually meets or beats the pricing anywhere else.

I get a weekly share of organic (mostly local) fruits and vegetables from a local CSA-- they also offer grassfed dairy and pastured eggs. I supplement my weekly share with produce from a local farmer's market. You can find a CSA, co-op, or farmers' market close to you here: www.localharvest.org

Most of my oils, spices, limited sauces (Coconut Aminos), nuts and other treats are purchased online either at Amazon or Vitacost-- cheaper and delivered to my front door.

I also get my haircare and skincare needs online, too-- again, simpler and cheaper.

LOVE it.

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:45 PM

Every Sunday I do the farmers market where I buy my bison, sometimes steak, my eggs, and ripe avocado's if I need/want to eat them sometime soon. Otherwise, I go to Trader Joes once/week for occasional fruits, for the grass fed ground beef, and veggies.

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:32 PM

40% at micro market or the farmers' market, 40% from Whole Foods and 20% from Kroger. I really love my local micro market that provides local produce all year around!

But I am getting increasingly dissatisfied with Whole Foods. I don't like that all the organic produce comes from Mexico or California (which is +3000 miles away)...I asked them if the 365 canned products are BPA-free, and they were like, "What do you mean by that? What's BPA?" ...... Also, I asked them about the roast date of the local coffee, and they were like, "Why do you care about the roast date? Coffee doesn't go bad. It's probably good for a year." Maybe I should stop with my snobbery...

No offense to anyone who works at Whole Foods. I think Whole Foods is great, but the employees with whom "I" interacted have not been very helpful.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Even I know the roast date matters! And coffee does too go bad. It's full of oils that can easily go rancid. I wouldn't have been able to hold my tongue....

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:25 PM

Most of my shopping is done at the farmers' market, a local store similar to Whole Foods, a local butcher that carries grass-fed beef, and Trader Joe's. I go to Costco once a month or so and I will only go to the regular market if I can't find something specific at one of the other stores, e.g. jicama.

I buy coconut milk, coconut flour, and herbal teas through Amazon.com.

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:15 PM

I go to Whole Foods, regular grocery store (decent organic produce), a local health food store, Trader Joes, 2 weekly farm markets, and a small store owned by a local grass-fed dairy coop. I belong to a fruit CSA, and buy some meats from a local farm coop that delivers to a local farm once a week. We grow our own lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, asparagus & raspberries.

I live in Pennsylvania, not far from Lancaster county, where there are lots of farms producing grass-fed / pastured / heritage meats. We have excellent farm markets. So I'm very happy with local sources for healthy foods, but because these items aren't carried by any large stores, I make many more trips than I used to...I used to do 1 or 2 big shopping trips a week, now I do 5-6 small trips. If Whole Foods had better local eggs & meat (their grass-fed beef comes from New Zealand, for instance, and the selection of cuts is very small), I'd probably just pay their prices just to cut down on trips.

So that is my one complaint -- the distribution system. And if it annoys me, I can only imagine what a royal pain it is for the farmers.

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:04 PM

I currently have a meat CSA, a veggie CSA with egg share, and a fish CSA. I love them all. The quality of the food is excellent. It's convenient for me to grab my weekly allotment of food at a scheduled time and place. And I love not having to decide what I want to eat for the week, but having it decided for me based on seasonal availability.

The main challenge with mostly relying on CSAs is dialing in the right amount of food. So to supplement when it isn't enough, I get groceries at a local market that is more like a convenience store for hippies. It has local organic produce, kombucha, local dairy and preserved meats, and sells coffee and tea drinks. I also sometimes go to Whole Foods for additional items. We used to shop at Trader Joe's for most of our groceries, but it is now too far away to be convenient.

Oh, and I'm trying to supplement my veggies with a garden, but so far I'm just supplementing my local slugs' diets.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:13 PM

Oh! A fish CSA sounds great. Is it local fish?

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:45 PM

eat your free-range pastured slugs! they probably have optimal omega ratios. Escargo right there in your garden.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 02:08 PM

It is good to keep your local slugs happy!

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on July 18, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Yeah, I've tried a couple of fish CSAs in the Boston area. My favorite of the two gets the fish off of Cape Ann. It's pretty inexpensive, about $20 per week for 4-6 lbs of fish, and I usually get the fish heads so I can make a good stock.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on July 18, 2012
at 03:44 PM

eat the slugs! escargo right there in your garden!

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