I love spud. Prices are decent, not the cheap-cheap-cheap, but the produce is amazingly fresh, high quality and when I factor in no gas to the store, no impulse buying at the store, and no time going to and fro, it more than pays for itself.
I thought permies would appreciate how spud! is uber-eco:
[li]spud! has more local and organic produce options than grocery stores.[/li] [li]spud! has more local and organic grocery and deli items, too.[/li] [li]The receipt tells you how far each item has traveled to reach you - which has changed my buying.[/li] [li]One delivery truck replaces 100 cars going to the store.[/li] [li]Each week, spud! re-uses recycled plastic tubs for the groceries - very little bags and waste. [/li] [li]And, they don't have open cold cases like stores do and turn off the lights at night - no 24-hour energy wasting.[/li]
I live in a condo, and am gradually transforming my patio to grow more of my own food. Unlike some permies or homesteaders, at my current digs, I will likely always need groceries. How can you beat having your basics delivered once a week from a source in line with your values?
spud! is in Canada (BC areas), Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. You just plug in your zip to see if you're in their delivery area.
Save $25 over your first four orders by entering this code - CRSEA-JOHJOC. I'll save $25, too.
(This turned out uber-sales-y about the uber-eco, which is not generally my style. Ick. How else do I rave about something I think is uber-cool without sounding sales-y? I don't know. I guess I figure just hit the post button, and what the heck, why not help folks save a bit if they decide to try it out?)
Valerie, I understand the pain of a grocery bill and being a sole provider. I'm there and it's dang tough. And being outside of the delivery area, like Cinebar, is a pain, too, whether it's for spud! a CSA, or being too far from a farmer's market.
And yes, some things through spud! cost me a bit more than the cheapest items at the grocery store. Which can also be true at Whole Foods, I agree, though organic foods at Whole Foods are usually far cheaper here than at our our local, multi-store coop, PCC.
This is likely old hat to you all, but here's how I view (rationalize) the extra expense for organic:
[li]organic, non-GMO foods cause me less health problems (I have totally & honestly experienced this)[/li] [li]paying a bit extra to support local businesses is worth it to me[/li] [li]the food is fresher and tastes better - less waste[/li] [li]grocery delivery saves me time and money/gas[/li] [li]grocery delivery forces me to plan, which reduces impulse buying and is less wasteful, too[/li]
To make it more challenging for me, I eat meat and have allergies to wheat and dairy, all of which combine to make groceries incredibly expensive. I'm hoping to gradually shift to at least one bean-based main dish meal a week in order to cut costs. I also buy in bulk whenever possible, quite a bit through www.azurestandard.com. Azure is in Oregon, making it fairly local for buying grains and canned goods around Seattle.
I wonder if a new thread would be interesting to folks about saving money while still eating and cooking whole, organic food. Or maybe folks on here are pros at it, and I'm the one with lots to still learn!
I AM IN MASSACHUSETTS 30 MILES WEST OF BOSTON , I HAVE A GREAT JOB ON THE ROAD, SO I PERUSE FOR LOCAL STUFF. I GET LOCAL RAW MILK, EGGS AND HONEY. I HAVE SLAUGHTERHOUSE NEARBY, AND CAN GET LOCAL MEAT, NOT ORGANIC BUT CLOSE TO IT. WE GET SEAFOOD FROM THE GREAT TOWN OF PLYMOUTH MA, BIVALVES MOSTLY. BUT AS FAR AS GRAINS AND STUFF FOR A TEENAGER I AM AT WHOLE FOODS OR COOKING. I WORK A FULL WEEK OUTSIDE, AND REALLY HAVE TO PLAN. MY SON HAS A DEVELOPED PALATE FOR MANY VEGGIES AND FOODS SO I DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT. I JUST HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A CO-OP. LOCAL AND WHOLE FOODS HAS GONE SO MAINSTREAM I CANT GET ANY HINTS....... YOU ARE FROM WESTERN WASHINGTON, BRENDA? WHAT IS THAT LIKE FORAGE WISE?
TRAPPED IN 2 WORLDS
Location: Carnation, WA (Western Washington State / Cascadia / Pacific NW)
So maybe this should be moved to the Cascadia forum, but here's some news:
NEW! spud! expands delivery areas spud! is now delivering outside our current areas! Anywhere within an 8 hour driving distance is fair game! We can now send the freshest, most delicious local produce and groceries to your friends and family by courier, so they can enjoy spud! just like you do!
Courier fees are calculated based on weight, and it is all clear and updated in the shopping cart as items are added to the order.
spud! now delivers to Spokane, Tri Cities, the rest of Eastern Washington, Gig Harbor, Vashon, Bellingham, Enumclaw, and more!
If this works for you, save $25 over your first four orders by entering this code - CRSEA-JOHJOC. I'll save $25, too.