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Friday, February 21, 2014

Going Organic On a Budget: Shopping Local

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.

It's awesome. 

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!


  1. "...you name it, someone in there knows someone who can get it." - Sounds like an underground drug trade - haha. You should totally ADD ME to that Facebook group...just saying. That beef is amazing and I can't wait to buy some more up when they have another order. Cheers to eating cleaner, healthier & more organic!! :)

  2. I can't wait to learn about your tips. I'm still struggling with the budget and our food!

  3. This is great, I have always wanted to know more about organic shopping so I look forward to reading more!

  4. I still struggle! Last month, I screwed up and accidentally went over by about $60. However, most months I spend right at or even a little under our budget.

  5. You know it, crunchie deals in the parking lot! :-) There's a chicken order going on right now, for pick up in May. I haven't paid much attention to it though so I don't know the details.

  6. Love this idea. We love our CSA, and we fond a local co-op that buys organic in bulk... Someone knows someone who knows someone - you just have to ask around

  7. I love my co-op's bulk room! That's honestly what I really only purchase there unless I need something I can't find somewhere else.

  8. I know others in my area use CSA-- I need to look into it more. I'm in IL--not too far from you. My sister lives in Renssalaer!

  9. That's awesome! It's great that you found a community of people that will all help each other out and help you find the products and deals your looking for!

  10. Where in IL are you? It's such a small world :-)

  11. I would love to shop organic but it is really difficult here! I do try to support our local peeps though and always shop small mom and pop stores when I can!


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