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7/23/12 1:15 P

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CSAs are awesome. My wife and I joined one this year, and I'm really happy with it. The food really does taste better when you get it local and fresh. I'm pretty sure it's picked and delivered the same week. I also like that you're guaranteed to be eating seasonal, which is a big thing to a lot of paleophiles.

I'm also lucky enough to know someone with a farm so I get free-range eggs for $2 a dozen (sure as heck beats Whole Foods' $5+ a dozen).

I'm thinking of trying Tropical Traditions when we run out of our coconut oil. Price is high for a one-time purchase, but I think it really would pay off in the long run.

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7/16/12 11:23 A

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I'm fortunate to belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group here in KC, which produces only organic, grass fed and pasture raised beef, pork, poultry, and vegetables.

We also have multiple healthy options in our grocery stores - our local Hy-Vee's have a HUGE selection of organic/gluten free products, and are very willing to add products when requested. We are also blessed with Whole Foods, 2 Trader Joe's, and 2 other retailers that specialize in organic, (mostly) local foods. (Kansas City Metro)

I'm allergic to Coconut, so it's not been part of of progress to complete Paleo, but I've not found this to be a particular stumbling block for me either.

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7/5/12 6:18 A

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I buy my coconut oil from Tropical Traditions - great quality and great sales. Last time I bought a gallon (don't worry, it keeps) for $42, including shipping. Not bad, since the pint jars I buy at my lcoal store are about $8. Once I have more storage space, I'll buy more of my coconut flakes, flour, etc from them.

I make my own nutbutters when I find the nuts at a good price. Otherwise, I buy almond butter at Costco for $7-$8 for a big jar.

For meat - I buy from a local farmer that does meat CSAs. Look on localharvest.org and search around. You may find you have one near you and didn't even know it. Another idea - check at your local butcher/meat market. The one near me will allow me to purchase a 1/4 or 1/2 cow from one of their farmers, and I can specify grass-fed.

If you live in the country, sometimes you just have to pay attention when you're driving around. I can think of 4 different houses I pass weekly that sell eggs. If you're not in the country, try your farmer's markets. Or again, localharvest.org. You really can find a lot of local providers on that site.

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6/14/12 11:07 P

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Local farmers and farmers markets.....if they know you want grass fed beef...many of them will raise one and you can split it with a like minded individual.

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6/14/12 2:41 P

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We don't have a Trader Joes either (think we're getting one soon though) but I usually buy the protein from either Whole Foods or the local Farmers market.

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6/14/12 11:16 A

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Where do you get your organic grass fed beef and organic chicken? I don't have a Trader Joe's but sure wish we did! Anywhere online with reasonable (haha) prices?


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PURRBALLS's Photo PURRBALLS Posts: 7,964
6/13/12 4:13 P

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for oils www.soaperschoice.com

Coconut flour and nuts flours I make by using a food processor and what organic nuts I can find cheaply.

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6/13/12 6:23 A

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I get nut butters, coconut products, supplements,etc. from VitaCost also. They usually have $4.99 shipping no matter how much you buy, and sometimes free shipping specials and prices are good.


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6/12/12 10:53 P

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My local stores are great. But otherwise I recommend Amazon. ALl different vendors and you can price shop.

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6/12/12 4:21 P

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I buy all my vitamins and coconut products, flours and even dried fruit from www.vitacost.com they are pretty cheap but ground shipping takes a while.

I have a perfect body. I just pad it for protection.

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6/12/12 3:54 P

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I buy almond, coconut flour and coconut oil from nutsonline.com

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6/12/12 3:23 P

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I get my coconut oil (nutivia brand) on amazon~ Coconut flour at a local store because it's cheaper than buying online. I make my own coconut 'butter' and am delving into making my own coconut milk~ Its cheaper to stock up on unsweetened coconut shred than it is boxes or cans of coconut milk! I make my own almond flour/meal. It takes some time, but its easy. I generally also make my own toasted almond 'butter' but Justin's brand was on sale for 50% off last week and I picked up 3 jars~

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MS_DOLLY's Photo MS_DOLLY Posts: 1,910
6/12/12 3:07 P

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So there are numerous places online to purchase paleo friendly products.
Who is your favorite vendor/ For say coconut flour? or almond flour?

Have you tried Barry Farm?

I have seen a lot of people joining this team and we could all use some savings and guidance from those of you who have some to share. emoticon

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