I posted about this list a while ago, but a friend was asking about it the other day so I thought I’d revisit it.
If you ask pretty much anyone who knows me what is something that’s important to me, one of the first things they’ll mention will probably be that I’m a little psychotic about food. What I put in the bodies of the people most precious to me in this world is very important to me and I try to keep it all as pure and simple as possible. Anyone who knows me can also tell you that I have a sweet tooth the size of a Smilodon canine and can’t stop myself from eating an entire box of cookies in one sitting, so part of the reason I don’t buy these things is because I know I lack the self-control needed to not inhale them as soon as I get home. As such, I’ve amassed a nice little collection of real food sources over the last few years to keep me well-stocked in good, quality food.
- Amazon – Subscribe and Save is one of my favorite things. Ever. I don’t have to worry about reordering and I get a discount for subscribing which brings the already-low price, lower. Here are the items I currently get with Subscribe and Save:
- Azure Standard – I’m not sure how we could afford to eat this way, let alone how we would find a lot of the products we buy without Azure Standard. I love Azure Standard. It’s a tiny, eency, weeny bit inconvenient to only be able to get products once a month and have to meet a semi-truck in a parking lot at a specific time on a specific day. But I’ve also kind of come to look forward to Azure Standard pickup day too. 🙂 Here are items we currently buy from them:
- Bionaturae Tomato Paste
- Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
- Bulk Organic Shredded Coconut
- Bulk Organic Frozen Peas
- Bulk Celtic Sea Salt
- Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder (for diapers)
- Country Save Liquid Laundry Soap (for clothes)
- Country Save Non-Chlorine Bleach
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps
- Equal Exchange Organic Vanilla Rooibos Tea
- Jovial Foods Organic Crushed Tomatoes (in glass jars)
- Organic Yellow Onions
- Napa Valley Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk
- Oregon Spice Arrowroot Powder
- Oregon’s Wild Harvest Organic Digestive Bitters
- Organic Prairie Roasted Turkey Breast Slices (for E’s lunches)
- Rapunzel Dark Chocolate with Almonds (a splurge :))
- Rapunzel Organic Whole Cane Sugar
- Rumford Baking Powder
- Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Molasses
- Wilderness Family Naturals Organic Soy-Free Mayonnaise
- Coconut Secret Organic Coconut Aminos (we use this in place of soy sauce)
- Sarah’s Starts (available in the spring – love, love, LOVE these – organic flower, herb, and vegetable starts that are incredibly priced and arrive in wonderful shape…I get very excited for these!)
- Costco – Availability varies by location and time of year, but these are the items I currently buy at Costco:
- Kerrygold Butter
- Nutiva Organic Extra-Virgin coconut oil
- Frozen Organic Green Beans
- Bunny Luv Organic Carrots
- Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- Heinz White Vinegar (I only buy this for cleaning purposes – for food consumption, I buy organic, non-GMO vinegar at our local grocery store)
- Aidell’s Chicken Sausage
- Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Salad Mix
- Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Sugar (for kombucha)
- US Wellness Meats – Prior to finding a local source for beef sides and our chicken CSA, we ordered the majority of our beef and chicken through this company and we still order hot dogs and bacon through them. If you don’t have a good local source, this is a great option and we were very pleased with the quality of their meat.
- Eat Wild – If you’re looking for a local source for meat and eggs (which is the best way to get them!), this is a fantastic listing of farms and ranches that offer grass-fed, natural, and organic meat options, sometimes even delivering the product directly to your front door. When looking for meat and eggs, always try to find pastured (as opposed to “cage-free” or “free-roaming”) options as these will be the most nutrient-dense and well-cared for animals.
- Real Milk – This is a listing of all the raw milk options available in the United States and Canada.
Local Sources in the Denver Area
- Cresset Farm – We just ended our spring share with them and I was pretty pleased with what we got. We’ll be starting the summer share with them in a few weeks and that’ll run until November.
- Ebert Family Farm – This is our source of raw milk and cream. They also sell other meat and dairy products through their online store that can be delivered with your milk share each week. We have been very, very happy with them.
- Jodar Farms – A chicken CSA offering personalized monthly orders with different cuts for seven months of the year. We’ve had two pickups so far and though it’s a little inconvenient to drive to Boulder once a month (not to mention find parking during the Boulder County Farmer’s Market :|), their chicken is worth it. This year we got two hens, two packages of 4 leg and thigh quarters, and two packages of 4 split, bone-in, skin-on breasts each month, but I think next year we might skip the breasts as the rest of the food is more than enough.
- Door-to-Door Organics – If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge to a CSA and want to be able to somewhat customize your veggies each week, this is a great alternative that delivers a weekly produce and/or fruit box to your door. You can also add other items to your order for an extra charge (we were get the Cottonwood Creek Farms eggs with our order). In the warmer months, they offer a local box option which includes produce only from regional farms.
- Natural Grocers – Aka. Vitamin Cottage (which is what we’ll probably always call it :)). This is where I do our grocery shopping. I love that I don’t have to make sure the produce is organic (because it all is) and their fruit and vegetable prices are fantastic. I also love their bulk foods options (especially for raisins, prunes, and various tree nuts). The one near our house also started selling the Cottonwood Creek Farms eggs for a fantastic price.
I’ll probably edit this list form time to time as I’m sure the items we buy and some of the sources will change, but this is where we are right now.