I have always shopped local when I can, but I've found that it can be pretty costly, especially when we lived in Pennsylvania. So, when we moved to Evansville, I didn't really bother with trying to find much that was locally sourced because I figured it would be ridiculously expensive.
Eventually, I learned about our local food co-op and a natural food market, which I love for various reasons. But, they can get kind of pricey, exactly what I was hoping to avoid. So, I really didn't shop there much except to utilize the bulk spices and grains. However, this past summer, we joined our CSA and then I learned about a local real food Facebook group. Not to divulge our secrets, but people in there have the hookup on locally sourced beef, pork, chicken, eggs, cheese, raw milk...you name it, someone in there knows someone who can get it. I also love the fact that we're a little community where we help each other out when needed. Just last weekend I picked up someone's beef for them because they couldn't make the delivery.
Now, with utilizing veggies from our csa and the farmer's market (a post on how to do this will follow next week!), and purchasing in bulk from my food group and the co-op, I have cut our monthly grocery bill by almost half.
While I still spend the same amount each month as before, I'm not buying junk because I can't afford the super expensive grassfed meat or raw cheese that's in the organic section of the grocery store. This is because I'm now purchasing directly from the source. I may spend a little more up front to do so, but it lasts three times as long and therefore I'm not buying meat or cheese every other week because I have enough in my freezer to last three months.
And we're eating super healthy. Stay tuned next week for more tips on going organic on a budget!
Before you go, meet Victoria, who blogs at Lost in Boston
She started blogging last summer as a much needed outlet. She's been a journalist and in PR her entire working life and it's nice to say what she wants without edits :-)
While she likes designer clothing and NEVER leaves the house without mascara, She does rough it too...went dogmushing over New Years...there's a post here: http://www.
lostinbostonblog.blogspot.com/ 2014/01/mushing-my-dogs-in- maine.html
She loves cooking and travel and blogs about them both often...suggestions on either topic are welcome!