Grocery Shopping – for fun?

After a year of self-imposed buying rigidity, I hereby declare the Tyranny of the CSA Box officially over (till May, anyway). Let’s go shopping – YiPPie!

I have been buying the bulk of my produce from CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) for the last 3 years. For the last two, I bought those veggies almost year round, purchasing a spring/summer share, a winter share and a deep winter share. Each year I have gotten progressively more strict with my buying habits buying almost no produce from the grocery store as long as I am receiving veg from the local farm. I don’t remember feeling this way last year, so maybe I wasn’t as strict, but this year I am really excited to go to the store and buy things I want to eat, as opposed to eating what gets delivered. I still intend to buy food that is in season and locally produced, but still, choosing all my food feels a bit decadent after all this time.

Lest I come across as too saintly, I will freely admit that though I preach seasonal, local, whole foods, I quite regularly buy products that are none of the above. I compiled a list (just in case you were wondering). In the meantime, I am excited to go to the store and see what is out and about locally that I can choose for dinner!

tofu – I buy House brand, which comes from either CA or NJ (hey, they installed a photovoltaic solar electric system, that must count for something)

brown rice – CA

black and red beans – sometimes I get local

chick peas – CA

olive oil – Greece or Italy

popcorn – I get it at CostCo, it probably comes from all over the country

rice/almond crackers – CA

Pasta Joy brown rice pasta – Canada

rice noodles – Japan, Thailand

sweet potato noodles – Korea

Bodhi’s peanut butter Skippy or Jif

Tofutti fake sour cream and cream cheese – NJ?

Chic’n by Quorn – not seasonal or local – made from mycoprotein – from the UK?

Morningstar Farm’s Chipotle Black Bean Burgers – ?

Daiya fake cheese – it’s made from cassava, which has the same origins as tapioca – CA?

Silk Chocolate Soy – I actually didn’t drink much of this last year but I started drinking protein shakes again a few months ago – speaking of that…

Sun Warrior Brown Rice Raw Vegan Protein Powder – it isn’t a whole food and probably can’t be in season, but their website says that they want to uplift humanity. 🙂

A bit less frequently I buy PopTarts, Oreos, Amy’s Frozen meals, Annie’s ravioli, Tofurky Brats, real cheese, wheat flour, non-wheat flour, gluten free mixes (mostly brownies), chocolate chips, seaweed and various condiments.

And that’s just at home. If I go out I regularly eat sweet potato fries, other brands of veggie burgers, bread, pasta, regular french fries, desserts, long distance veggies, frozen veggies and the occasional fruit.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Shoeless on May 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Can totally appreciate this post! i try to do the local & healthy things…but I can’t find a good substitute for Quorn…I LOVE their stuff!


  2. Quorn is good stuff. Even if it is incredibly processed fungi… 🙂 I did a little better last week, got some veggies from Wisconsin – and a few items form California.


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