Dear Daedra: Where Do You Shop For Food?

Dear Daedra: Where Do You Shop For Food?

I get asked this often because people that meet me discover that I’ve done my homework when it comes to food. I’m not claiming to be perfect or have it all figured out. I will continue to upgrade where I source my food as I learn new things, but when you’ve been doing it for over a decade, others turn their heads because it is drastically different from the norm.

Our approach is to get food as close to “as nature intended” as possible. The sooner you get the food once it is picked, made, packaged; the better it will taste and longer it will last. We buy most of our produce from farmer’s markets and local farms; our grass-fed meat, eggs, and dairy from farmers near us, and we shop for anything else we can’t get regularly at local alternative grocery stores.

My most favorite and closest store is Livingston Foods Co-op. What I love about Livingston Foods is their high integrity in sourcing food. I shop there with the peace of mind knowing that nothing has a GMO or questionable ingredient.  Another favorite store is Greener Pastures Market.  In addition to sourcing great food, they also provide the community with healthy supplements, safe body care products, and a small variety of my glass straws.  

When I started my journey over ten years ago, convenient places like these were not around. It was very hard to get healthy food unless you belonged to a co-op, knew the right folks, or did it yourself.  We are fortunate that things are changing and more and more people are a demand for the healthiest food you can get.

Please share with us a favorite healthy store or food source in your area. Maybe this will help others find a new healthy food source they are looking for.  Comment below for a chance to win a $15 Strawesome gift certificate. We’ll choose one winner on October 25, 2016.

Comments (12)

  1. We love Bluff Country Coop in Winona MN. It’s bike riding distance, happy, friendly, organic, & local. We members have just recently purchased the entire building using a capital fund raising campaign …. let the demolition and expansion begin!

    Kristin Troska
    Oct 18, 2016 Reply
  2. I love Simply Fresh Market in Brighton MI. Locally sourced meat, wild caught fish, wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables

    Vicki Paglione
    Oct 18, 2016 Reply
  3. Dave’s produce in Puyallup wa

    Noreen
    Oct 18, 2016 Reply
  4. We shop Bluff Country Coop when home. We use Wedge Coop in Minneapolis MN when traveling. Both are all organic and as local as possible. No conventional or scary items! Makes it easier to shop.

    Antony Prodzinski
    Oct 19, 2016 Reply
  5. Veggie Pails is a good one in Highland MI.

    Chimay
    Oct 21, 2016 Reply
    • Congrats! You’re the winner. We will email you your code!

      Daedra Surowiec
      Oct 25, 2016 Reply
  6. I shop at a health food store called MaMa Jeans! It is a local lady and has so much healthy, good foods and other things for our health. It is the greatest place to go browse!

    Nancy Allen
    Oct 21, 2016 Reply
  7. Whole foods where I live

    Kathy
    Oct 21, 2016 Reply
  8. My green smoothies are fueled by whatever my Community Supported Agriculture farm puts in my “share” each week. I pay once before the growing season begins and have produce from summer to fall!

    Stone Cairns
    Oct 21, 2016 Reply
  9. I have a few favorites. Pure Pastures in Plymouth on Ann Arbor Rd has a great selection of local properly raised meats. Zerbo’s in Livonia has a great selection of everything “natural”, including Strawsome straws! Fresh Thyme is a good “chain” grocery store when I can’t get things locally.

    Donna Grant
    Oct 21, 2016 Reply
  10. I love Trader Joe’s for organic food, and Natural Grocers. I also shop at Whole Foods for fresh produce.

    Linda
    Oct 21, 2016 Reply
  11. We love growing our own and getting from local farmers whatever else we can.

    Amanda
    Oct 21, 2016 Reply

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