I have to confess that we’re not buying foods exactly as I’d like to, but we’ve seen a ton of improvement over the last year or two. I buy…..
raw milk & cream~from a local farm
Greek yogurt (for my yogurt starter)~from Trader Joes
butter~I make my own (or, when I’m making a TON of recipes to test for my new cookbook (coming out soon!), I buy butter…not even Kerrygold or Organic Prairie, just the cheap butter…Bleh.
eggs~we have our own chickens, but they’re slacking, so I’ve been buying eggs from another lady in our town (and again, when I’m practicing tons of recipes–I just buy the cheapest free range ones I can find at the store, but this isn’t the norm!…) I want all of our eggs to be soy and corn free–the ones we raise are, but not the others. Someday we’ll get there!!
we supplement half of our cheese with Tillamook because we can’t afford to buy all raw, unfortunately.
I get grated parmesan cheese from Cash & Carry, in a 5 lb bag. It’s our staple “thickener” on the GAPS diet, I use it to make gravy and all kinds of sauces, so we use a lot of it. It’s not organic or raw, so not ideal.
our garden was pitiful this year. I blame it on the weather, and moving here in June….yeah…that’s why (and I’m sure there were good reasons the year before, too ;))
a local farmer named Bill grows most of the veggies we’ve been buying lately. 🙂
I just got membership information from an organic grocery (produce) company where I have to buy cases at a time, and at least $100 worth, but the prices are cheaper per pound. I’m doing every-other-week deliveries of organic goods to friends, so this membership will come in handy. 🙂
we have our own chickens in our freezer! And a turkey! And 2 geese! YAY!
we get hot dogs, pepperoni, ham, sausages, etc. from New Seasons because they don’t have any fillers, nitrates or sugar.
I found prosciutto and pastrami at Trader Joes last week that were totally pure.
we get wild (not farmed) seafood when we can find it on sale at New Seasons.
we have 1/4th of a cow in our freezer from a local farmer.
we have 2 pigs in the backyard–in January they will be dinner =)
I like the organic frozen veggies at Trader Joes (artichoke hearts, spinach, etc.).
we get big bags of organic green beans and peas from Costco
we just bought 30 lbs of frozen blueberries from a local organic farm
this last summer the kids and I picked a TON of fruit for the freezer! YAY!
I love the Applegate Farms apple breakfast sausages, and they’re totally pure. Azure Standard has them by the case, cheaper than any other store’s price…
this summer/fall I canned my own salsa, ketchup, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes
when we run out of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, I’ll buy the cases of organic tomatoes at Costco. I would love to buy tomatoes in a glass jar instead of cans (because of the acidity combined with the bpa lining..no good!), but they’re spendy!
we get organic raisins at Costco.
we get organic olive oil at Trader Joes.
when we run out of ketchup–we’re out for the year. 🙂 We don’t eat sugar, so we have to stick with my homemade honey stuff.
whenever I get back into it again, I’ll be making my own laundry detergent…I used to, and when we remodeled & moved, I started buying detergent…someday I’ll get back into it! 🙂 For now, I buy the Ecos laundry detergent from Costco. It’s very cheap per ounce compared to other earth-friendly kinds.
I get the “Environmentally Friendly” dishwashing soap from Costco and L-O-V-E it. It makes me love washing dishes. Seriously. It smells yummy!
I love Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, lemon verbena a scent, and I use the spray when I clean…I also have the geranium kind, I think, and I like that too. I think I ordered an Amazon pack of the spray bottles one time.
I got a huge box of napkins (just typical napkins) at Cash & Carry (restaurant supply store).
That’s all! Hope this helps someone! Ask questions if you have them! 🙂