I didn’t think this was a difficult question with a complicated answer until I found myself answering a friend a few weeks ago. She was in my kitchen enjoying a meal with some of our basketball team families. That’s when she asked, “So Laura, where do you get your groceries here in York?”
I don’t think I have a complicated grocery shopping situation in the least, especially since I’ve been fine tuning it for years. But my answer was no less than several paragraphs long. I’m sure she was thinking, “Girl, just tell me what grocery store you like!”
Indeed, I do shop at our local grocery store and at Wal-mart (hooray for price matching, which I will explain in more detail soon!). Also, I:
- Order beef, chicken, and the occasional package of bacon from a local farmer about an hour away.
- Order from a food co-cop, Azure Standard, which delivers once per month.
- Get several dozen eggs each week from a man from church who raises chickens just out of town.
- Get milk once each week from a family who raises animals in a nearby town.
- Order one lamb per year from the same family who provides us with milk.
- Buy from the farmer’s market and grow/preserve our own produce during the summer.
- Order food from Amazon – lots of it. (This shocks so many people. “You can order food from Amazon?” Oh yes you can!)
- Order food from iHerb.com.
- Order food from Vitacost.com.
- Order food from TropicalTraditions.com.
- And occasionally, when I’m in the city, I’ll shop at their bigger health food stores or regular grocery stores.
Um, hi. I have a dozen grocery purchasing sources. I really never considered how many different ways I have found for saving money and purchasing the best food I can get my hands on at the best prices.
Your food sources are going to look completely different from many of mine simply because of your location and options. My tip for you today is to think outside the box and find the sources that will work best for you as you find wholesome, nourishing food for your family! There are sources out there, you just have to find them. And if you’re in the U.S. I encourage you to look into the online resources I mentioned above. Online grocery shopping rocks!
You should know that our source for farm-fresh eggs has changed something like five times during the past nine years. I share that to encourage you that if one source falls through, ask around and search for another source!
With a bit of trial and error, you will find what works best for you as you seek ways to find quality, real food ingredients for your family. :)
Leave a comment and let us know where you grocery shop! Do you like shopping online?