Tag Archives: commissary

Demand local produce and you shall receive?

We didn’t have much luck in Virginia. And, then we did.

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My first trip to Whole Foods

A few months ago, we had our first Whole Foods experience. I steeled myself for the prices. After all, it’s nick name is “Whole paycheck,” isn’t it?

Reusing candle jars. The seal keeps the goods longer than the marinara and sauerkraut jars I’ve tried.

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Buying in Bulk

Bulk seems to be the way to go to get away from all this packaging. And I’m not talking about bulk foods that sell larger boxes or 5 boxes of cereal packaged together, wound up with plastic cellophane either. We visited a BJ’s Wholesale Club, and that’s all they offered.

This is what I'm talking about!

I’m looking for bulk in bins that I can scoop out into a mesh or cloth bag and take home with me = absolutely no packaging. Apparently, in Canada bulk foods are the norm. It hasn’t yet reached America. WHY ARE WE SO BEHIND IN THIS? Somebody,  please, enlighten me.

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Packaged food

Packaged food

I’m most surprised by how much packaging we use, especially with food. We compost almost all food waste and paper. We recycle everything else, but the small amount of trash we generate is plastic from packaged foods that cannot be recycled. Not in this area, anyway.

Trash for the week....granola wrapper, cereal liner, dental floss case, bacon packaging

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Buying Organic

Buying Organic

Honestly, I have a difficult time buying fruits that are twice as expensive just because it says “organic” on the labeling. Is it really organic? How do I know? Is it an investment in my health or a marketing ploy to get my money?

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