Tuesday, June 21, 2011

{ The Co-Op - My Triumphant Return! }

I did it! I went back to the Co-Op finally. I bought 12 pounds of organic black beans (to be canned into 20 quart jars today - it should be enough to last us until Armageddon), a couple pounds of organic rolled oats for granola and a bunch of fresh, local and organic carrots (Only $2! I swear that I pay $3 at the Farmer's Market for the same carrots) all for under $18!

I can't say that my trip was without sneers, the gentleman filling the bulk bins wasn't super excited that Tabi wanted to touch the bins while I scooped 12 lbs of beans (I tried to keep her hands off I swear!), but all in all, it was a success. I had my re-usable produce bags to carry the beans in and more importantly I knew to have a paper and pen to write down all of my upc codes (obvious for the bulk items, but because of QueenBee's article I knew that I needed to do it for everything).

I'm excited to go back for organic flour, honey, wheat germ, Braggs sauce (a soy sauce alternative) and should I ever run out of Dr. Brommer's for my wipes or cleaner they sell that bulk too! (Can you tell I'm excited about that? I'm a dork, I know.) I'm excited to explore more, but it is definitely easier to explore and to buy bulk products without two kids to watch at the same time so I think that my future trips will either be solo or with Kyle - my extra set of ears, eyes and hands.

So go on Oly folk! Don't be scared of the Co-Op and it's not so welcoming volunteers, save on your organic bulk needs. For those of you not in Olympia, find your local co-op and go explore. See how you might be able to make organic eating more affordable.


Off The Cuff Cooking said...

I still can't shop there on principle after the whole anti-Israel thing. Their political views taint the whole concept of 'local shopping' for me, and I can get a lot of the same things at CostCo for less. And for truly local organics, I'm happy with OlympiaLocalFoods.com... they're generally even cheaper than the Co-Op, and no snark! :) The one time I did go to the Co-Op, I felt like a total outcast. I just don't think they really understand the concept of being polite to people; it seemed like a secret club and if I didn't know what I was supposed to be doing, then they just rolled their eyes at me.

But I'm glad you enjoy the experience. I'll just stick to Tom & Celia's operation. It's more up my alley.

Off The Cuff Cooking said...

(I realize the above comment might seem snarky or judgmental... sorry if it came across that way. I also later realized that I had left a very similar comment on another thread, and forgotten! Double-sorry about that! Anyway, I just feel strongly about supporting Israel, as a Christian, so that's one of the main reasons why I never shop at the Co-Op.)

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