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Today I am heading out to my two grocery farms. I have placed my orders and they should have most of it ready by the time I get there. There are some things that they love to do at last minute and that is to package the meats and cheeses, so I can see what I am getting. Everything will be so fresh today, so I am so excited.
I am having to go to a grocery store and Whole Foods is going to be a mad house, so I am thinking of going to Krogers as they have some good deals of baking items (which is what I am going to be shopping for there).
The Whole Foods here are small stores and at this time of year (most any time of year) it is difficult to move around in there and be able to stay focused on what it is you are actually in there for.

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12/11/12 11:44 P

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I do most of my shopping at the normal grocery store. However, there are some things that I do buy at "Whole Foods" simply because I can't buy them anywhere else. And there are even some things that are cheaper at "Whole Foods" than the normal grocery store.

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I try to buy fresh unprocessed foods and make our own meals without additives, I live in a small town but do try to buy meat from a farm shop where they know the herd or fllock it came from. I buy fresh veg when ever I can and seasonal foods to save miles going onto the price..I shall go and polish my halo now! Ree emoticon

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10/28/12 6:32 P

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I shop both.

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Erin, that's a great way to begin, joining a coop if there aren't farms within a reasonable driving time, my farm is only a 20 minute drive from my house, and I live in the middle of the city.
But calling the university will be able to help you in the right direction.
It's really easy, not at first, it's difficult, but then it gets so easy you actually enjoy and look forward to the times you get to spend "finding" your foods.

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I HAVE BEEN A BELIEVER FOR A VERY LONG TIME, THAT ALL THE CHEMICALS AND ADDITIVES THAT THEY PUT IN OUR FOOD AND WATER, IS WHAT IS CAUSING ALL THESE OFF THE WALL CANCERS AND OTHER ILLNESSES WE NEVER HEARD OF 20 YEARS AGO. HAVE YOU FOUND THIS TYPE OF EATING TO ALSO CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT? I WOULD TRULY LOVE TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. BUT I DON'T KNOW OF ANYTHING LIKE THAT HERE BUT TRADER JOES. WE HAVE SEVERAL "HEALTH FOOD STORES" BUT THEY PRIMARILY SELL VITAMINS. IF WE ARE EATING RIGHT, I DON'T THINK WE NEED VITAMINS. BUT I KNOW OF NO LOCAL FARMS OR CO-OPS. BUT I BET THE UNIVERSITY AG. DEPARTMENT WOULD! I WILL CALL THEM TOMORROW!

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I primarily just shop for myself, but I do pick up some things for my father and his wife, as well as a good friend of mine who is trying to GAIN weight (and has been able to with these whole foods).
I used to spend close to 200 bucks in the grocery store a month for food just for myself. NOW I spend less than 100 bucks for food for a month, I buy just what I need, no pre packaged amounts that i don't need all that much off. I use everything I buy, and I will make a plan for my meals and then adjust it when I get home after I gather what was available. Because this farm participated in a coop, their little shop (kitchen table) will have fruits and veggies from other areas that are true organic throughout the winter. The cost will be a bit more, but not near the grocery store cost.
I have been able to cook large meals for events and for myself that I package up in single servings. And I make 5 of these a month, so I have a decent amount of alternatives to pull from the freezer when I have had a long day and don't want to cook a meal.
BUT I love to cook with these fresh products.

My sister has shopped through the coop associated with this farm for years and years and she cooks for a family of 7 and her food costs are never more than $300 a month. She cooks specially prepared meals as she has two adopted children who have special needs she can control with their diets and no meds. They have never had weight problems or major health problems (not a single member of her family). She has been a great inspiration to me. And has helped me make the transition to the whole organic food plan.

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9/19/12 5:30 P

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Wow Lynn that is impressive on making your own pasta etc. good for you and sounds like an awesome place you found.
Trader Joes was my all time favorite place to shop when I lived in the states. Whole foods is good as well as their own brands were just as good if not better than "name" brands and a whole lot cheaper.
Here I do shop at the grocery store but for my fruit and veg we go to different farmers markets around town, we have markets everywhere so we have a lot to choose from and it is fun to go and see and try new things.-and it is cheaper!

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9/19/12 4:39 P

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LYNNWILK2 - DO YOU FIND IT IS EXPENSIVE TO SHOP THERE? AND ARE YOU JUST SHOPPING FOR YOU OR FOR A FAMILY?

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I shop primarily at the state farmers market and at a farm that produces truly organic and grass feed beef, pork and chicken/turkey. The family farm is quite extensive and they make their own dairy products like butter, milk, cheeses. They also have a shop where you can buy produce from neighboring farms and from their farm. It was sheer delight when I found this place. The prices are less than store prices, as I am buying directly from the farmer, who is also part of a huge coop. I rarely shop inside a store anymore, as I am able to find the bulk of what I need at the farmers market or the farm. I have never felt as though I have eaten better and my skin, body, and mind are healthier than they have ever been.
I make my own pasta from veggies and whole grain (usually rice or millet flour) and I buy baked goods from the farmers market also.
Then only thing I get from on a regular basis, which is sad, but haven't found a good alternative is my cats food and treats, and their litter.
I may get yogurt from the store, as I the farm doesn't always have it made. And I am not confident in my own ability to make it.


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YESTERDAY, I MANAGED TO GET TO TRADER JOE'S. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO ONE AND WAS SHOCKED THAT THE PRODUCE THERE WAS SO MUCH NICER THAN ANYTHING IN EVEN THE BEST SUPERMARKETS HERE. AND IT WAS CHEAPER BESIDES. THEIR MEAT IS ALL FREE RANGE, NO CHEMICALS OR ADDED WATER SO IT WAS QUITE COSTLY. BUT THEY HAD SOME BEAUTIFUL FISH THAT I GOT AND TONS OF VEGGIES. I THINK I WENT A BIT OVER BOARD SINCE DH WON'T BE ABLE TO HELP ME EAT ANY OF THIS. BUT I KNOW IT COULD BE MONTHS BEFORE I GET BACK TO THAT STORE SINCE IT IS A LONG WAYS AWAY.

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DO YOU EVER SHOP AT A HEALTH FOOD STORE OR GET MOST OF YOUR THINGS AT A REGULAR SUPERMARKET?

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