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Posted by: 972 (Guest), Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 2:53pm
Just curious as the best place to buy BTD foods and of course the most reasonable $ for the food.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 3:50pm; Reply: 1
I voted local grocery- but I do get several of my food from online shops as well.
I buy veggies and fruit that way from a organic box company.
I get very few veggies that I canŽt eat- maybe a corn on the cob once in a while- Chickens are happy - or some rhubarb in early spring ( well IŽll eat them once a year and not worry about it.
I donŽt use hfs for food in general - organic food is common in normal grocey stores and is far too expensive in hfs.
Posted by: slee, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 4:06pm; Reply: 2
Hope I didn't skew your poll, but I voted both local grocery and local health food stores. I can find pretty much everything I need at the local grocery. Then I'll head to the health food store for supplements and toiletries. I buy my fresh produce at locxal stands or at Whole Foods, the quality is so much better and local stands are generally pesticide free (plus that old guy is pretty irrisistible!).
That's sure is a cutie you have there!
Posted by: shoulderblade, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 4:10pm; Reply: 3
I think a lot is going to depend on your local resources in the way of grocery stores, Health food stores or perhaps a farmers market. HFC's are generally more expensive but often carry offbeat and organic items you may not be able to get elsewhere.

A local farmers market can be a source of well priced local produce, meats etc. Its worth looking around to discover sources of various products.

Have never bought anything online so dont have a clue about that.
Posted by: 972 (Guest), Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 4:43pm; Reply: 4
Thanks!  I live in a small town in southern Indiana.  We have 2 local health food stores but there small and of course expensive.  For local grocery we have walmart, sav-a-lot, beuler's bi low, and holiday foods.

Not sure about Farmer's market especially now that it's winter time.
Posted by: Don, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 4:52pm; Reply: 5
Cleanly raised and grass-fed and finished beef, lamb, bison are much healthier then the normal antibiotic and hormone loaded grain finished meats in normal stores. Also, cleanly pasture raised poultry and eggs are much healthy for you.

I suggest you check http://eatwild.com to see if there are any local farmers in the area that raise healthy animals for beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, butter, etc. This is how I found my source of organic (not certified) grass-fed and finished beef and pasture raised chicken eggs.
Posted by: rustyc, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 4:52pm; Reply: 6
Don't have any local health food stores.  Fortunately most of our veg and a fair bit of fruit comes from the allotment.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 5:09pm; Reply: 7
I buy all organic veggies at our local HFS, and many other foods there as well. For everything else, I go to a regular grocery chain.
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 5:16pm; Reply: 8
I buy some veggies, eggs, and goat at a farmer's market. I grow some of my own veggies and herbs. I also shop at regular grocery stores as well as Whole Foods and health food stores. It just depends.
Posted by: zola, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 5:35pm; Reply: 9
considering buying from http://www.ilovetiny.com

there is a year round farmers market in the University district in Seattle (sat?)


when I'm in seattle i go to wholefoods, mostly I buy at fred meyer's health food section.   If it's health food, what's the other stuff? :)

somethimes I go to smaller health food stores. Manna mills and a place in edmonds. I live up north of seattle (just 20 minutes) but the HFS are hard to come by. Produce is minimal which is why I'm considering tiny's. they are based across the mountains in yakima (former apple capital).
Posted by: 972 (Guest), Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 5:42pm; Reply: 10
Thanks!  I'll check out the links posted
Posted by: Colleen, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 5:45pm; Reply: 11
As I work for Whole Foods, I do most of my shopping right there and get my staff discount.  However, I have teamed up with MikeO and gone in on a bulk purchase of grass fed beef from the sample people who supply WFs.

Veggies and fruit I buy at work, also my rice milk, puffed quinoa, etc. etc.  I pretty much shop WFs.  Cleaning supplies I buy elsewhere.
Posted by: 972 (Guest), Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 6:44pm; Reply: 12
Thanks!  There is actually a farm 30 minutes from me.  I'm surprised as there usually isn't much around here.


Quoted from ironwood55
Cleanly raised and grass-fed and finished beef, lamb, bison are much healthier then the normal antibiotic and hormone loaded grain finished meats in normal stores. Also, cleanly pasture raised poultry and eggs are much healthy for you.

I suggest you check http://eatwild.com to see if there are any local farmers in the area that raise healthy animals for beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, butter, etc. This is how I found my source of organic (not certified) grass-fed and finished beef and pasture raised chicken eggs.


Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 7:33pm; Reply: 13
Hi Jeanette,
In case you haven't found it yet, I sent you a pm (private message).  You can access it at the top right corner of this page.  :-)
Posted by: BuzyBee, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 7:50pm; Reply: 14
You may want to check and see if you have a coop/buying club in your area. I order lots of my food (bulk) from our health food coop and save money. Check http://www.unitedbuyingclubs.com You can find out if they come to your area.
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 8:42pm; Reply: 15
We buy foods at all of the above and more...  We are able to get organic produce at Sam's Club, as well as our local grocery stores and helth foods stores...  I compare prices for unusual items, like amaranth or millet, to make sure I am getting the best prices between local and online.

An online vendor for organic grains, seeds, etc. is:  http://www.waltonfeed.com/
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 8:44pm; Reply: 16
I heard a report last night on the evening news about how so many more people are buying organic foods these days.  They said places like WF can charge up to 80% more for their products than regular grocery stores.  They also said that Walmart is beginning to carry more and more organic foods, which I've found to be true here in our area.  I can't buy everything at Walmart, but between them, Kroger and the local health food store, we are able to find pretty much anything we want.  Kroger Foods tends to carry a nice supply of things from sweeteners to silken tofu, organic soy milk, Ezekiel breads and Ezekiel cereals as well as spelt flour, soy flour, flax seed, and rice flour.  They also have a rather extensive Asian food section, but I still read the labels before buying the products.   Also, the Tyson chicken says no added hormones or steroids.  Walmart and Sam's Club carry Tyson Chicken.   Since I'm an "A", I eat a lot of tofu which is very inexpensive.  My "O" hubby eats the meats.    
Posted by: Don, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 9:13pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from Diann
Also, the Tyson chicken says no added hormones or steroids.

Unfortunately, that probably means that they still use antibiotics. I don't buy meats that aren't at least antibiotic and hormone free and prefer grass-fed or pasture raised animal meats and organic when I can find it.
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 9:32pm; Reply: 18
All of the chicken I've seen (stopped looking 3 or 4 months ago) at Sam's/Wal-mart has added salt solution...

At a very young age, my daughter would only eat 100% natural turkey or chicken...  The 5-13% added salt solution in turkey would make her sick...  Of course, now we no longer eat chicken, but still MUST buy 100% natural turkeys!
Posted by: Poly, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 9:40pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Henriette_Bsec
I voted local grocery- but I do get several of my food from online shops as well.
I buy veggies and fruit that way from a organic box company.
I get very few veggies that I canŽt eat- maybe a corn on the cob once in a while- Chickens are happy - or some rhubarb in early spring ( well IŽll eat them once a year and not worry about it.
I donŽt use hfs for food in general - organic food is common in normal grocey stores and is far too expensive in hfs.


I agree with Henriette - not very surprising...! ;) ;D
Posted by: 972 (Guest), Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 9:51pm; Reply: 20
I'll have to read the new replies tomorrow.  Have to go pick up Eliana
Posted by: koahiatamadl, Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 10:22pm; Reply: 21
all three actually
Posted by: zola, Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 3:33am; Reply: 22
I bought some chicken from the Grocery Outlet. We barbequed them and I thought 'wow, that's salty!" I didn't put anything on it. Checked the bag and each breast portion had 700 mg of sodium in it! A whole day's worth of sodium should be 2400mg or less! Salt sensitives should have under 2000 mg/day.
Posted by: 972 (Guest), Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 1:22pm; Reply: 23
Thanks!  I'm looking into a food coop.  I've got to look for the best deals as a single mother $$ doesn't grow on trees.  
Posted by: BuzyBee, Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 3:43pm; Reply: 24
It does require everyone pulling together to work as a team in a coop. But you will save money compared to a HFS. You will actually make some new friends as well. I enjoy it myself.
Posted by: Diann (Guest), Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 4:07pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from ironwood55

Unfortunately, that probably means that they still use antibiotics. I don't buy meats that aren't at least antibiotic and hormone free and prefer grass-fed or pasture raised animal meats and organic when I can find it.


Thanks for letting me know about the antibiotics.  I wonder what happens to people who are allergic to some of these antibiotics and they eat meat that has that antibiotic in it.  I am very allergic to many antibiotics.  Wonder if that is what causes so much of the diarrhea when I eat meat.  I have almost totally eliminated meat from my diet and find that I do much better.  I'm a huge fan of tofu these days!!
Posted by: 972 (Guest), Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 4:14pm; Reply: 26
Thanks!
Posted by: Alia Vo, Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 6:18pm; Reply: 27
I voted 'local health store.'  For most of my grocery shopping needs I shop at several fantastic co-ops in this city and two Whole Foods Markets.  There is a Trader Joes which recently opened here which I have not visited as of yet.  The Trader Joes I did shop at while living in California were great for buying inexpensive items such as dried fruit, canned tuna and salmon, red wine.

Alia
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 6:46pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from Diann
Thanks for letting me know about the antibiotics.  I wonder what happens to people who are allergic to some of these antibiotics and they eat meat that has that antibiotic in it.  I am very allergic to many antibiotics.  Wonder if that is what causes so much of the diarrhea when I eat meat.  I have almost totally eliminated meat from my diet and find that I do much better.  I'm a huge fan of tofu these days!!

I believe the number I read is that 70% of antibiotics made are fed to farm animals! The antibiotics in the meats definitely can interfere with the bacteria balance in your digestive system, and therefore possibly cause diarrhea. Look for natural meats and eggs from animals that have not been fed antibiotics or hormones.

When I first started seeing my current doctor about a year and half ago his bio-resonance testing showed that antibiotic residues were interfering with several of my glands and organs. That was the first toxin he treated me for. I hadn't taken any antibiotis in probably at least 4 years prior to that, but had taken a lot of antibiotics for chronic sinus infections for many years. What I don't know is if those antibiotic residues were from the antibiotics I took or from the foods I ate.
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Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 6:57pm; Reply: 29
I voted local health food store, because I do my best to eat only organic produce, grass-fed chemical free meats and eggs from outdoor, organically fed chickens.  It is more expensive for me to eat this way, but I figure I will either pay the food bill, or I will pay the medical expenses.  I choose healthy foods.
I live in a city with several large and versatile natural food stores, so this is possible for me.  I also buy some things from local farmers.  And I drive out in the country every weekend to get fresh organic goat's milk that I use to make my own yogurt.
If my town only had those tiny health food stores that were way overpriced, my answer would probably be different.  In that case, I would have to get creative with online buying, food co-ops, and working to pursuade local grocery stores to bring in healthy options (I already do this anyway!)

30 years ago, I was choosing a city to re-locate in.  Many of the reasons I chose the one I moved to, included the quality of foods available and the healthy quality of life that would be possible in this location.
Posted by: 972 (Guest), Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 6:59pm; Reply: 30
Thanks!  I live in a town of about 400 people and the nearest city has about 12,000
Posted by: 671 (Guest), Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 10:25pm; Reply: 31
Mommy to E,  I, too, live in a rural area.  Two miles to town of 420, five miles to town of 2400 and nineteen miles to town of 10,000.  The benefits of this are we can find grass-fed meat and free-range eggs easily.  We have lots of farmers markets to find organic products from in season.  What it also means is we may have to do without certain items or pay "through the nose" for them.  The nearest WF store is over 60 miles away for me. I make a list of items that I can't get around here or are too expense with shipping from the internet and travel there when needed . I have learned that many of the smaller grocery stores are willing to carry organic products if they know there is a demand for them.  I work in the town that is 19 miles from me and a new Super WalMart was built there a year and a half ago.  The hometown grocer is trying desperatly to keep his store.  I buy organic butter, eggs and some fruits and veggies from him because he is willing to carry them for myself and a few other health minded individuals. Now WalMart is also starting to carry organic.  I will stick with the "little guy" since he was willing to take on the challenge before it was "econmically feasible".  It is more expensive but I agree with Victoria that the cost will catch up with you later.  I guess I have to vote for all three and add that I purchase my meat directly from the raisers.  I'm glad you are asking questions, that's what the forum is here for!
Posted by: 972 (Guest), Thursday, November 30, 2006, 12:20pm; Reply: 32
Thanks Mary!
Posted by: Alia Vo, Friday, December 1, 2006, 1:34am; Reply: 33
I believe regardless of the area in which one lives; today there are a plethora of options in which to choose a route and means of buying natural, organic, hormone-free, free range products.  Large scale food clubs, coops, small or large HFS's, independent farmers, outdoor farmers markets, conventional grocery stores, larger conglomerate HFS's, mail order catalogs, growing one's own produce, and the internet allow us to choose whether we wish to choose to buy these items.

Factors such as land region, city or rural status, population, and whether the town/ciy in which one lives has a health following also play a large factor in how the aforementioned resources are allocated.

I feel blessed and thank God that I have a range of options for myself right now in the area in which I reside.  However, there were periods in my life when I did quite a bit of online shopping and shopping in the 'natural' foods section of the conventional grocery stores because I wanted to make an investment in my personal well-being and way of eating and living.  

Alia
Posted by: 1495 (Guest), Friday, December 1, 2006, 2:20am; Reply: 34
I buy at health food stores, local grocery and online and also at Farmer's Markets.  I'm lucky in that my local regular ole grocery store now stocks, among other things, ostrich fillets, grass-fed ground beef (but unfortunately not the non-ground stuff), bison burgers, duck, rabbit, cornish hens...not bad huh?  They also have a lot of organic vegetables and fruit.
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