And no, I didn’t mean “coping.”  I’ve been considering joining a co-op, and wow, the opportunities abound!  There are two ladies at my church who are active in two different co-ops, both specializing in organic produce, meats, and dairy, AS WELL AS bulk grains, healthy snacks, supplements, etc.  Last night I went through half of the pricelist for one co-op, and there were more than 3,000 items!  Want me to get you anything?  :)

I have also found an organic produce distributor, Annie’s Buying Club, who is excited about starting distribution in my home town.  And, to top it all off, there’s a dairy that produces basically organic cheeses and butter, and will ship to me for roughly $2.00 per pound.  Not to mention all the local farms and CSA’s available.  The opportunities are endless!

That said, my new adventure is begin “co-oping,” to purchase as much fresh, organic food as I can on our budget.  With the bulk prices and cost-sharing, I think we’ll come out doing just as well if not better, price-wise.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

What foods are you particular about buying organic or local?  And do you have any good co-oping advice?

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  1. [I have copied and pasted comments left prior to the 2014 blog update.]

    “This is so fun! I (shockingly) have not checked out the co-ops here, but I’m sure there are TONS (it’s such a crunchy, organic-eating, local-buying town!). That dairy sounds awesome. I want the cheese!!!”
    Comment by Alicia’s Homemaking — July 22, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    “Hey that reminds me.. could you send me the link to Tama’s co-op? Do you know the name of it? Maybe I could look it up myself… :-)
    Comment by Tawna — July 22, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    “Yes, you both should check into the local co-ops, and Tawna, I will forward you Tama’s e-mail. :) Go produce!”
    Comment by Audrey — July 22, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    “When I had a family at home I took part in Market Days through the schools, co-op vegetable buying with a group of families and other similar activities. Now that we are only 2, we buy locally at farmers markets or grow our own.
    There is an organic dairy not far from here I keep meaning to check out.”
    Comment by DogsMom — July 22, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    “I’ve tried growing some, but our soil is SO bad! I think we’ll try planters or Square-Foot Gardening next year.
    I don’t know anything about Market Days through the school though!”
    Comment by Audrey — July 22, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    “Cool! I would love to get involved with something like that too!”
    Comment by Olivia — July 22, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    “So glad you posted on this as I’m also interested in joining a co-op! I like to buy local as much as possible but don’t have a nice farmer’s market close by.”
    Comment by Tracey — July 22, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    “We’ve been trying to buy more organic produce too. We missed the cut off for this years co-op, but we’re signing up for sure next year.”
    Comment by Allison @ Alli ‘n Son — July 22, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

    “Audrey – we’re going to start sq foot gardening… or something like it… this fall. I’m excited! I have LOTS of plans!
    Actually – that reminds me – I need to get out and measure and figure out what we need and how much! I know that’s a terrible sentence…. blah blah blah ;-)
    Comment by Tawna — July 27, 2010 @ 9:34 am

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