Organic Ideas, Part I Green Shopping

Green shopping can be a challenge. Depending on where you live the resources vary as well as prices and quality.

Grocery shopping for organics can be pretty hit or miss for most stores. Although many are increasing their items on a regular basis, the variety is usually pretty thin, and the prices are not terribly good. I find the following 2 places a great source for my organic food here in Phoenix.

Trader Joes

Whole Foods

For the very best of organics, however, buy local. Try your local farmers market. They are much cheaper and fresher than any grocery store could ever be. In the Phoenix area, despite being in a desert, we have some very nice growers that feature some delicious produce.

Here are a few great farms, some with delivery and visits available and their links:

www.crookedskyfarms.com

www.blueskyorganicfarms.com

www.desertrootsfarm.com

www.myfarmyard.com

If you want a regular pickup of organic fruits and vegetables, I highly suggest utilizing Bountiful Baskets

A great market you may want to try is Roadrunner Park, at Cactus and Greenway. Saturday mornings in the park are awesome. Bring your dog and after a nice shopping trip you can enjoy a nice walk about. Although some of the vendors do take credit cards, it may be prudent to bring cash, your own cloth shopping bags, and a healthy imagination of all the recipes you can create with bags of fresh goodies.

Farmers markets are not just for food of course. You can pick up some handmade soaps, household items, or sometimes you can even get a chair massage if one of the vendors are present. The markets are open all year, except holidays, so if its summer, wear a hat and some sunscreen, drink plenty of water and you are on your way.

You can check out a list on http://www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com/ and make your own favorite market.

I don’t think there is a better deal in town for fresh produce than this. You need to sign up during a certain window, and pickup during a certain window, but its fast and easy and so worth it. They are available in several states as well, so it isn’t just for Arizona.

More to come fair readers… please let me know if there is a topic you are looking for next- I am happy to oblige!


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