What Health Food Co-op is Near You?

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I’m always talking about Azure Standard, my favorite health food co-op. I love what it provides for my family! 

Many of you have been able to join an Azure Standard group near you…hooray! But what if Azure Standard doesn’t deliver where you live? Great as it is, it does have it’s limits. In the past, I’ve discussed health food purchasing options beyond Azure Standard that I recommend, and many of you left a comment on that post, sharing your sources for healthy foods. 

But, because of the number of questions I get regarding this topic, I was hoping you’d all help me out by sharing on this post the great real food sources you have where you live, specifically any health food co-ops that deliver to your area. Having a big list compiled here in the comments section would be a wonderful resource for many.

So I’ll start:

I’m Laura. I live in Nebraska. I use Azure Standard. They deliver once a month and carry wonderful produce, bulk grocery items and frozen foods.

(Did you guys know that already?)

Okay, your turn…

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  1. Rebecca says

    I live in the greater Chattanooga area, and although I would still love to find a great source for produce, etc. I do currently get my grains, etc. through a local BreadBeckers co-op. They have many different varieties of grains (organic and non), beans and several different types of sweeteners. I buy my wheat and sucanat through them.

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    Christine @ Live to Learn Reply:

    I use the Bread Beckers too and love them! I love their Honey Granules and the recipe collection book they have.

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  2. says

    I live in SW Missouri and I get my stuff from Azure Standard. I love it!

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    Jennifer N. Reply:

    Where in SW Missouri do you live? I’m in Springfield and wondered where the drop-off would be located.

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    Sarah Reply:

    I’m by Joplin. The drop off is Neosho. I think they have one in Springfield. You can call them and they should be able to get you in touch with someone. 541-467-2230

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  3. Sarah A. says

    i’m sarah. I live in Indiana and I use Green Bean delivery. They provide local and organic produce along with bulk items and grass fed meat, eggs, and organic dairy.

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  4. Katie says

    My name is Katie, and we order dry goods through something better natural foods. They have grain, sweeteners, baking goods, bulk baking powder, and carob and Salt, and cleaning supplies. Basically anything that is not refrigerated and they don’t have produce. I actually called Azure to see if I could organize a group in our area large enough to make it worth their while to deliver here, and they said no! Bummer!
    http://www.somethingbetternaturalfoods.com

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    Katie Reply:

    I guess I should note that I live in Ohio! Sorry about that!

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  5. Greta says

    I live in Florida and we use Bread Beckers for all our bulk grains, beans, baking supplies etc. We have a local co-op where we get all our produce, meat, raw milk, pastured eggs and other raw dairy products. LOVE my co-op!

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    Casey Reply:

    What part of FL, Greta? We are in the Tampa area. We also use Bread Beckers & have a local co-op for raw milk products & eggs, a separate local co-op for produce, and get our meat from a farmer.

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    Greta Reply:

    I’m in the Destin area now but I am originally from Lakeland.

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    julie Reply:

    Hi,
    We also use Alberts for produce, raw milk , meat, chicken and cheese. Haleysilo for Wheat Monatana and other assundries. Bread beackers and Costco. We live in Pinellas.
    Haven’t been over to Whole Foods. Is it worth the drive?

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    Casey Reply:

    We personally don’t shop there on a regular basis b/c we have a Nutrition Smart which is much closer and has better prices for most of our staples. We’re actually on the north side of Tampa in Land O’ Lakes. It is, however, fun to visit Whole Foods occasionally for something different (usually when we pass it on the way to a Pinellas beach) ;-)

    If you happen to be in the St. Pete area I have friends who love this co-op http://familyfreshgoodness.bonzrus.com/

    julie Reply:

    Thanks Casey,

    I used to use Marci’s when she was atrting out, but unfortunately its to far to get there when the truck does etc, tec. Thanks for the info though.
    We used Ozark back in the 90’s. Wish they were still around. Thanks for the info on Whole Foods. Kinda what I figured.

    Carolyn Reply:

    I live in Clearwater and am making the switch to whole foods and organics.
    What is Alberts and how do you order through them?

    Angelia Reply:

    Greta – I would love to have the coop info – thanks.

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    Greta Reply:

    Angelia,

    Email me at corgret2 @ gmail.com and I can send you all info via email. The produce co-op is in Niceville. What is your location?

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  6. Kelly says

    I live in Northeast Indiana, and I’m desperately seeking a food co-op in my area! I know there’s a co-op store about an hr away from me, but that’s just not feasible when gas is as high as it is. Any ideas from anyone in Indiana would be appreciated! :)

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    Jill Keyes Reply:

    I’m in the same boat,, northeast IN and have been having trouble finding someone to deliver here to.

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    Alicia Reply:

    I live in south Arkansas. The nearest Azure drop point is 2 hrs. away
    but we have several people who order and take turns going each month. If
    you have enough people, you may only go once or twice a year. Everyone chips
    in to help pay for gas. Recently a friend opened a health food store and
    she orders from Azure and does all the pick up for us.

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    Chris Reply:

    Alicia, could you email me? I am interested in connecting with you.
    Chris: dwillbasketball@gmail.com

    Kelly Reply:

    I’m not sure where in northeast IN you live, but there’s a CSA in North
    Manchester that I hear is wonderful. I haven’t actually ventured over
    there yet, and of course they don’t deliver. But if you’re close enough
    you may want to check it out. http://www.hawkinsfamilyfarm.com

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    Michelle Reply:

    You should check into Something Better Natural Foods. They are located in Michigan and deliver to us in west central Indiana. So, I know you’d be able to get delivery in NE Indiana. http://www.somethingbetternaturalfoods.com

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    Jewel Reply:

    You could try honored prarie or maybe unfi.
    http://www.honoredprairie.com/
    http://www.unfi.com

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    Sarah Reply:

    Check out Honored Prairie for meats, cheese, milk, eggs, honey, maple syrup and some other sauces. Everything I have tried has been wonderful!

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    Kelly Reply:

    I guess I should clarify that I have several wonderful farms very close
    to me that I get grass fed beef and chicken and fresh produce from.
    Huge blessings! I’ve just been looking for local dairy and other dried
    staples. Honored Prairie is only about 30 min. from me, so that’s an
    option. I guess I didn’t realize they actually sold milk too. Thanks
    for all the info!

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    Leah Reply:

    there are tons of CSAs getting started up in the shipshewanna area with amish farms…also honored prrairie does grass fed..there’s another place in roanoke! there’s also a organic food coop in fort wayne—prices aren’t as great as azure..but azure doesn’t deliver close by (well unless you count indy)

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  7. DorthyM says

    I live in Georgia, close to Augusta but closer to Statesboro. Other than the Statesboro farmers market I’ve only found Earth Fare, a grocery store I’m guessing is comparable to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and it is in Augusta. I would love to find a CSA or a local farmer willing to work with me on grassfed meats and such.

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    Joann Reply:

    You might want to check out http://augusta.locallygrown.net/ .

    How about joining the Weston A. Price group on yahoo? There are many there who know of locally produced food and CSA’s.

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    DorthyM Reply:

    Thank you, Joann

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    Rachel Reply:

    I live in Augusta too and have been on the computer for hours searching for a way to co-op or buy raw milk and/or grass-fed beef. Have you found anything since this posting? I can buy raw milk in Aiken, but I don’t always have the time to drive over there.

  8. Jodie says

    I living North Eastern WI. I think Green Bay just started a co-op, but it would be a 35-45 minute drive. Looking for other options.

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    Melissa Reply:

    Jodie,

    I live in NE WI, too, about 40 minutes from Green Bay, in Appleton. Country Life Natural Foods delivers here every few months, and UNFI also delivers here monthly.

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    Jolene Reply:

    Melissa,
    How did you/do you find out how to get started with these companies you mentioned?
    I can’t tell from the websites….unless I just overlooked something.
    Thanks so much!

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    Melissa Reply:

    Jolene,

    (Sorry I called you Jodie in the first post!)

    Anyway, a friend of mine is the sister-in-law of the lady who runs our local UNFI. I will tell you it’s a big commitement. You have to order every month; you have to help unload the semi-truck and sort the delivery. You have to come observe at least once before you are allowed to join, to make sure this is what you really want. If you are late on delivery day, you are charged a late fee. These women are very serious about what they do. Because they order, unload, and distribute everything themselves, they need you to be there every month to do your assigned job, so they can’t afford to have you order once in a while.

    As for Country Life, the lady on my street is the drop point for this area. They carry much less than UNFI.

    I am new to these two groups myself. In fact, I haven’t placed my frist order with either of these groups. I’ve just been buying some bulk things from the Bulk Food Shoppe in Hwy 10 in Greenville. I get my grains, gluten, and sucanat from them. I am trying to figure out if I am going to be able to order every month from UNFI.

    Hope this helps,
    Melissa

    Jodie Reply:

    There is a Jodie & Jolene in this thread :) It won’t let me reply to
    Melissa. Have you ever heard of http://www.sharewi.org? There is a drop off
    in my town, but they don’t have a big selection. I will look into
    UNFI, but I am not ready for that kind of commitment with 2 young
    children.

    Jodie Reply:

    How do you sign up to have stuff delivered through Country Life? you can
    email me jolata1980 at gmail dot com

    Sonja Reply:

    Hey WI ladies, I am in Central WI the Wausau area, we have Country Life here, one gal does all the order placement for a large group of us. We also have a bulk food store out on the edge of town called Owl Ridge.

  9. Alex Hall says

    I order through Frankferd Farms (I live in VA, but they’re located in PA). I’d love to know if there was a place closer to home!

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    Renee Reply:

    We are in the same boat. We live in Roanoke VA and cant find anyone. Good luck
    God bless

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    Marjorie Reply:

    I order from Frankferd Farms too. They are about an hour away from me
    but I have a friend who is a drop-off point for them. I love Frankferd
    but would really love the variety of Azure Standard.

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    Julie Reply:

    I live in Richmond, VA and I use Quail Cove Farms. They are out of
    Accomack on the easter shore. They deliver to MD, DC, VA and NC.
    I have only ordered one time but I am very happy so far. They
    unload the truck and all at the hostess house and she sorts it all. They are very helpful also. They have eggs, meat, cheese, produce, cleaning supplies, etc.
    There is a $5 delivery fee for each order and a $50 min order.

    http://www.quailcovefarms.com/

    Julie Reply:

    I know this is old, but for those in SWVA-Ellet Valley Beef Co in Christiansburg! You can google for their website. Their distribution center is a little hard to find- bring the phone number when you go to pick up (just can’t see the sign from the road). They have family and value packs of grass fed beef, and at the end if October, 2014 they will have more cow shares available (quarter, half, full).

    Hope that helps! It’s a lot closer than PA-I think :)

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  10. Jewel says

    Hi I am Jewel and I live in Central indiana. I use honored prarie and sevensons coop for my meat needs. I use farm fresh delivery for my produce and I use unfi for dry goods, bulk grains keifer and yogurt.

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  11. Nichole says

    I’m Nichole…and I’m in South Dakota. I live not far from Sioux Falls and there is a food coop right in Sioux Falls, and another large natural foods store that just opened. I purchase my bulk items – oats, wheat flour, etc from the food coop. Meats and eggs we’ve been purchasing from local farmers and couldn’t be happier. I do shop a small farmers market here as well but I don’t always purchase.

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    Heather Reply:

    Hi Nichole–we live on the MN side of Sioux Falls–where do you shop and what store just opened? We would totally take advantage of it! Thanks!

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    Nichole Reply:

    Well, hi there! The Coop Natural Foods is in central Sioux Falls – right off 33rd & Duluth, I think. It’s right next to the Breadsmith store and Tre Restaurant. The new store is Pomegranate Market, it’s in a strip mall off 57th & Louise. Both stores have Web sites & are on Facebook.

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    Jenny Reply:

    I am in SD too and would love more info on the co-op in Sioux Falls and sources for local meat!

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    Nichole Reply:

    We get our meat from family members who farm – but I know that the Coop Natural Foods could probably suggest someone from whom you could buy direct. The Sioux Empire Farmers Market (8th & Railroad Center in downtown SF) – has a gentleman that does sell meats but I can’t recall his name now from last year. The COOP Natural Foods is located off 33rd St, not all that far from Augustana College. Stop in – the staff is very helpful! You do not have to be a member to shop there but members do get discounts.

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  12. Lynne says

    I live in Ga and confess that every time you mention Azure Standard, I become a little jealous. Recovery comes pretty quickly though. :) I would love to have a food coop. There is a group in Powder Springs that orders yearly from Walton Feed. They have a lot of grains and such. DorthyM, check out localharvest.org – you can search by state and then area to find a CSA and grassfed meats in you area.

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    Joann Reply:

    Lynne, we just need to get a group together to order from Azure Standard!

    Check out the Riverview Farms CSA. They deliver around Atlanta. It’s well-worth it. They’re farming practices and produce are excellent.

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    Lynne Reply:

    An Azure order sounds great! I live in NW Georgia.

    I have looked at Riverview Farms several times. Right now I am looking at getting some meat from Lightning R&B in Covington.

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    Hannah Reply:

    Hi Lynne!

    My in laws live in powder springs and I am just north of there. Do you have a website for Walton Feed?

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    Lynne Reply:

    I believe it is http://www.waltonfeed.com. The order is usually done in Jan/Feb with a delivery in March.

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    Suzy Reply:

    I live in Middle Ga and put in an order about a month ago. I received an email from our group leader today that said our order was complete and we should receive it possibly in June.

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  13. says

    I live in Harford County, MD
    I travel to PA to buy raw milk bc it’s illegal to sell here in MD. bummer.
    I frequent a store called “East Drumore Foods”, also across the border in PA (a little Amish run store) where I buy organic sugar, oatmeal, maple syrup, cocoa and sometimes butter (though it’s not organic)

    I am apart of a local co op for organic produce year round, but it’s not local produce. If someone would like to inquire about that, feel free to email me: lnalmengor@gmail.com

    I also buy my eggs at this local produce co op.

    Otherwise, I’ve been ordering things through Amazon: coconut oil, olive oil, and sugar so far.

    I’m still trying to find the best sources for all these items and more, particularly flour…trying to figure out what I’m going to do about flour. So far, I’ve just been buying King Arthur white whole wheat at the grocery store.

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  14. Pam P says

    I live in Smyrna, TN (approximately 25 miles southeast of Nashville) and I use Bulk natural foods. As a matter of fact, today is a pick-up day. They have several p/u locations in TN & Huntsville, AL and have a large variety of foods. Still looking for a good source for non-instant powder milk in bulk though. http://www.bulknaturalfoods.com/

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    Stacy Reply:

    Hi Pam! I live in Murfreesboro and have started to look for a co-op to order from. Thanks so much for this info!

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    McKinsey Reply:

    Stacy,

    Check out http://www.morningsidefarm.com. They are near murfreesboro and take orders monthly.
    It’s a great co-op! I live in cumberland county but a lady from cookeville picks
    up our order for us each month for a small fee.

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  15. says

    we live in the Central Texas area (Waco) and we get deliveries from Azure Standard. If I remember correctly, they deliver all down I-35, so I’m sure there are drops in the DFW area as well.

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  16. Paige says

    Hi, I’m Paige and live in NC (Greensboro/Piedmont area). I’m just starting to look into local delivery services, but I haven’t found one west of Raleigh. We do have Earth Fare and the Fresh Market in Greensboro. Whole Foods is slated for 2012. I would like a delivery service for meats and bulk items so I can organize a mass drop point with friends. Any suggestions would be very welcome! Thanks!

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  17. Jen says

    We are going to be moving to the Fayetteville, North Carolina area this summer. Does anyone know of a co-op in the area? I would even be willing to drive the hour+ to Raleigh. Thanks!

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    Litha Reply:

    I’m from NC and used to live 30 miles or so from Fayetteville. I’ve been looking for a Co-op around here too and just read in the comments about Bread Beckers. http://info.breadbeckers.com/coops/ Looks like they have a drop point in Fayetteville and near me too. I’m going to check it out. You’ll have your pick of local farms in Fayetteville also.

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    Becky Reply:

    I’m Becky and I live in North Carolina (halfway b/w Raleigh and Fayetteville. I just started using UNFI with a drop point in Fayetteville. No fresh produce but lots of frozen meats and bulk grains. email me and I’ll forward the Coop’s info. ark 2800 at gmail dot com.

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    Amy Bradsher Reply:

    I live in the other direction – I’m an hour north of Raleigh, and I don’t know of anything
    around here. I’ve heard that there’s a produce coop in Hillsborough, but that’s still about 40 minutes for me. Any ideas, anybody??

    Jen Reply:

    Thank you!!! I’ll email you soon about it. :-)

    Leslie Reply:

    If you don’t mind I will email you as well…would love info on this coop!

    Jen Reply:

    Thank you! I’ll check out their website when I get a chance. I appreciate your help!

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  18. Gloria says

    I live in SW Missouri, near Springfield and use UNFI. I also used them when living in Eastern Missouri, south of St.Louis. Pick up is every 4 weeks, regardless of months. They just added Albert’s Organics produce to their offerings as well. Yea!

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    Nora@ The Dollar Hollering Homemaker Reply:

    I live outside of St. Louis and have never heard of UNFI around here?

    We order meat locally you can find local farmers (search for mograssfed) and there are a ton of CSA’s

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    Gloria Reply:

    Well, I lived REALLY far south of St.Louis (80 miles south), but that is the closest big city most people know. I picked up in Farmington.

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  19. Lyn says

    I love bountifulbaskets.org ! It is available to 12 of the western states with hundreds of locations and growing. There were only about 5 states participating last year when I started using them. This is a produce co-op; special offers such as bread can be purchased only with an order of a produce basket. For $15 (and $25 for organic) you will recieve approximately $50 worth of produce.

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  20. Amie says

    Hello! My name is Amie and I am the Azure Standard Coordinator and the Country Life Natural Foods Coordinator for my area in East Central MN. I also use amazon and my local halth food stores The Organic Carrot and Cloquet Natural foods. The health food stores take special orders for bulk purchases and the Organic Carrot has great produce twice a week. I also use Sharewi.org for my organic produce–a whole box is just $15 but it’s a surprise box (but we love produce) so you never know what your getting–just a great deal!

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  21. Amanda says

    I live in Eastern Iowa (azure standard does deliver here). There is a grocery store called Stringtown in Kalona which sells pretty much all dry goods in bulk at great prices (wheat berries, flour, sweetners, beans, spices, pasta, etc) and they also carry produce and grass fed/free range meats.

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    Mandy Reply:

    When did Azure start delivering here? I am in North Liberty. I e-mailed them about a month ago and they said the closest was Des Moines.

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    Amanda Reply:

    I’m not sure when they started delivering-I know they’ve been delivering
    for more than a year. They deliver to Williamsburg, IA. It is a closed
    group but if you email me I can get you the info for ordering through them.
    My email is alrosenb@mtu.edu

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  22. Kendra says

    I live in southeast Texas and Azure just began a route to my area. If Azure does not deliver to your area you may still order nonrefrigerated items from them. I also have access to a local co-op for organic produce. We buy raw milk from a farm. I also learned to make items for myself – sour cream, a cheese similar to feta, hairspray, mayo, etc. My goal is to replace the grocery stores as much as possible. Now if I could only figure out how to make toilet paper. :)

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    Alyssa Reply:

    What part of southeast TX??? We live half-way between Galveston and Houston, and it seems I can’t find much…must be looking in the wrong places…the CSA’s I’ve seen are really pricey…

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    Kendra Reply:

    I live in a small town about 5 miles north of Humble. I’m not very good with geography but the Azure route here includes Katy, Cypress, Magndia (not sure if that is a real town or a misprint in the Azure book), Porter, The Woodlands, and Conroe.

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    Krista Reply:

    I think they mean Magnolia. I contacted Azure, and they only mentioned drops in Hockley and Conroe. (The .pdf of the delivery schedule won’t work for me) Could you please send me the contact names/numbers for the drops in Cypress and Magnolia? My email is design_lady05 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks!!!

    Alyssa Reply:

    Magnolia, maybe? Thought about trying to connect with the drop in The Woodlands, since I am familiar with that area…although something more local would be preferable…I just find it amazing that with such a large state, we don’t have our own major co-op!!

    Kendra Reply:

    Azure does charge an additional fuel and delivery fee to the Texas routes due to the distance. I’m not sure exactly how much it is.

    Krista Reply:

    I was told (as of Wednesday) that it’s 8.5%

    Alyssa Reply:

    I called Azure this morning. The closest open drop point for me is Panorama, which is 1.5 hrs. away (with no traffic)…I might try it just to see what it’s like, but with the drive and the extra surcharge, I don’t know if it’s a viable long term solution for us. I also spoke with an employee at a local nutrition center and she didn’t know of any local co-ops, although there are a few farmer’s markets around. Fortunately, they will order grain from places like Bob’s Red Mill for me (and I won’t have to pay astronomical shipping)…so that’s something. She also directed me to contact the Houston-Galveston Chapter of the WAP foundation…www.realfoodhouston.org to find out information about raw milk…

    Yemi Brown Reply:

    I live in Houston and I also have a hard time finding a co-op. I would
    love to know where I can find raw milk. My local Whole Foods allows me
    to purchase bulk grains (25lbs or more)at a discounted price. I’m glad
    since I don’t have to pay for shipping. But if anyone in this area can
    refer me to a farm or co-op, that would be great. I find it ironic that
    we live in Texas, the land of vast farmland, and we have a hard time
    finding these foods.

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    Kendra Reply:

    Yemi – Email me directly (saferforme@yahoo) for information about the raw milk. The local organic co-op delivers to Kingwood every other Monday. If this would be accessible for you I can give you more details.

    I find it ironic that we are in a historic drought and other states near us are having historic flooding!

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    Rachel Reply:

    This isn’t a co-op or CSA, but I’ve been ordering from Greenling.com for about a month and a half and I love it. They’re an online organic and local sustainable grocery store that delivers twice a week. No delivery fee, minimum order $25. They deliver in Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Central Texas. I get local low-heat pasteurized milk, local raw milk cheeses, local eggs, and seasonal local produce. They carry baked goods, fresh pasta, local jam, local honey, pantry items, and local and organic free range meats. I’ve gotten free range whole chickens from Georgia’s Texas GrassFed Beef (http://www.txgrassfedbeef.com/). They sell beef, lamb, and poultry, and deliver (though not to my area, so sad). They’ve also opened two stores (http://georgiasmarket.com/), one in downtown Houston and one in Memorial Village, and sell at several area farmer’s markets. Try eatwild.com for other sources of meat, milk and eggs. I’ve found some good prospects that I’m planning to try as soon as I free up space in my freezer. Hope this helps!

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    Jessica Reply:

    I’m in Kingwood, and order from Azure. There’s a drop in Porter. I get veggies from a CSA in Cleveland that delivers to Kingwood weekly. It’s called Wood Duck Farm. I don’t know about a source for grass fed beef, free range chickens, but would love info on that if someone knows. There’s a fruit/veggie co-op in Houston called Rawfully Organic I’ve gotten boxes from, but the pick ups are a little far from my house to use regularly.

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    Kendra Reply:

    There is an organic produce co-op that delivers to Kingwood every other Monday. This is not a CSA. I have shopped with them for some time. Regarding meat – try http://www.yonderwayfarm.com They are a farm in Brenham and do make deliveries. I tried to get a Kingwood group going at one time but could not find enough interested to meet their required minimum. However, they have started the Kingwood group again. Unfortunately, the delivery is made in somewhere in Houston around 8 p.m. on a Thursday night. I emailed and requested a delivery closer to Kingwood. Maybe if you contacted them and requested the same thing it would help. :)

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  23. says

    I live in eastern ND and in Fargo we have Tochi products which sells a lot of bulk dry goods. They have a little of everything.. It’s a really small store it’s jam packed, they have lots of variety and the staff is really helpful. Azure Standard does deliver here as well.

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    RG Reply:

    Thanks for the tip! We live in GF,ND and have Amazing Grains, a good source. I haven’t heard of this Tochi products store, but when we get to Fargo I will definitely check it out.

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    Kylie Reply:

    & Vice versa! I don’t get up to Grand Forks much but I’m excited to check out Amazing Grains now!

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  24. Michele says

    For produce we have a group that goes to our State Farmer’s Market 2 times a month. We have a laundry basket that is full for just $20 per basket. I also shop at our local Farmer’s Market.

    For grass fed meat, we have a local co-op that receives delivery from Laurel Creek Meet out of TN. The link: http://www.laurelcreekmeat.com/ — I have never tasted beef or chicken as tender and tasty as I have from Laurel Creek.

    Our eggs are from a local farmer that also sells at the local Farmer’s Market. I just found raw milk from a local farmer is available at 14 Carrot in South Carolina.

    I buy our grain and sweeteners from Bread Beckers through our local co-op.

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    Michele Reply:

    I should have mentioned that Laurel Creek Meats will deliver not only
    to SC and NC, but they have also gone to FL. It’s possible that he
    delivers to others states and I just don’t know. I think the only
    requirement from Tracy the farmer is that your entire order be a
    certain dollar amount. You can also split a cow/hog and he’ll cut it
    the way you want. He meat is seriously delicious and he is awesome
    to work with.

    We have a co-op that orders Vermont Maple Syrup from Jed’s Maple
    http://www.jedsmaple.com/ — this is one thing that is definitely worth
    ordering with a bunch of people to help with the shipping.

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    Jennifer Thorvaldson Reply:

    Michele –

    Where are you in SC? We live in the Lexington area so we are close to 14 carrot. We have just started using a produce co-op with Senn. I have been wanting to find out where the local Breadbeckers drop-off is.

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    Michele Reply:

    Hi Jennifer: I’m in Camden. I travel over to 14 Carrot most every
    Thursday as we are out and about w/medical appts. I so wish I had
    found out that 14 Carrot had raw milk and buttermilk months/years
    ago. But the way the raw milk is from Jersey cows and you see so
    much cream on the top. It’s wonderful to drink and cook with.

    My Bread Beckers co-op drop off is in Winnsboro – as my friend, the
    co-op leader says, Winnsboro is “centrally located in the country”.
    You may want to check with BB and see if there is a co-op drop off
    somewhere close to Lexington. If not, you are welcome to email me
    at chelelew @ gmail dot com and I can hook you up with our Yahoo
    loop for Bread Beckers.

    We’ve also done a produce co-op with Senn Brothers. I know that one
    of the weeks we do the produce it’s organics. I don’t run this
    co-op but I do understand there have been some problems with getting
    the organics and stuff. Our produce person has also shopped at
    Severts Produce – http://www.severtsproduce.com. She said they had
    better customer service, better prices, and most of their prices
    actually marked on the display boxes.

    Jennifer Thorvaldson Reply:

    Thanks for the info. I would love to find a local farmer for eggs and grass-fed meats. If anyone knows of places in the Columbia or Lexington, SC area, please let me know! :)

    Michele Reply:

    14 Carrot carries the eggs from my local farmer – Wil-Moore Farms.
    I also know that Keith and Robin of Wil-Moore Farms are usually
    at All Local Farmer’s Market in Columbia. Here’s the website:
    http://www.stateplate.org/ — I’ve never been to this market.
    Wil-Moore Farms is located in Lugoff and if you drive down Hwy 34
    you can see their chickens. They also sell meat (beef, chickens, etc)
    along with Happy Cow butter, cheese and milk.

  25. Jaime G says

    Hey Ya’ll! I live near Phoenix, AZ. I buy all my produce through a co-op called Bountiful Baskets. They have organic and conventional produce available. They also sell extras like breads and granolas!

    Laura, thanks for introducing me to Azure. It’s not very popular here in AZ, but it is available. So, I’m spreading the word to my crunchy friends and working to get a drop point near us.

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    Angela Reply:

    Jamie,
    I also live in AZ. I am currently in Prescott area but moving back down to north Phoenix in a month. I was wondering if Azure is delivering anywhere yet in AZ. Last I looked a few months ago I could not find anything. If you know of any could you reply to this or to angelaklenke@msn.com.

    Thanks

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    Angela Reply:

    Sorry I forgot to mention that I have heard of Save Your Dairy for raw milk in the Phoenix area. I have not tried since I have not been down there for a while. They are in southern Phoenix but I heard ( not sure if it is true) that they have drop off points through out the valley. Their website is http://www.saveyourdairy.com/index.php

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    Jodi Reply:

    I live in Phoenix and have used Azure a couple times, route is L-1. It comes down I 17 from Flagstaff and then thru Scottsdale, Glendale and Phoenix. I participate in a drop set up out here in the West Valley in Buckeye. Cut off is next week with delivery on the 17th or 18th. Happy to help if you have any other questions!

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  26. Meghan V. says

    I live in the upstate of SC. I order from Frontier and shop at the Mennonite store in Abbeville, SC. I would like to find a closer place to buy my grains though.

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    Meghan V. Reply:

    I forgot to say that you can get fresh organic non-homogenized dairy products from Happy Cow Creamery. http://www.happycowcreamery.com/

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    Michele Reply:

    Meghan – I know that our Bread Becker co-op has people from
    the upstate that order. I live in Camden and the co-op girl is a good
    friend of mine. We just placed our last order and expect shipment soon
    but if you’d like to send me an email at: chelelew @ gmail dot com, I’ll
    forward your email to the co-op gal.

    Thank you for mentioning Happy Cow — I love their butters and cheese.
    Have you tried their cottage cheese yet? Oh. my. word….expensive, but
    so very much worth it.

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    Meghan V. Reply:

    I glanced at Bread Beckers. I’m right where there are no (close-by) drop offs. Hmm…maybe I should start one? :)
    I have only had Happy Cow’s milk. Although I would love to have them as my only source of dairy, that isn’t in our budget right now.

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    Linda Reply:

    Meghan
    How close are you to Clover SC?

    Linda

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    Meghan V. Reply:

    Google Maps said one hour and 45min.

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    Jacque Reply:

    Hi Meghan and others…

    My husband and I were led to start our new business The Grain Loft http://www.grainloft.com a few months ago due to the lack of available sources for grain, sweeteners, dry beans, etc in our area. We are located in the Upstate SC area.

    Currently we order on an every 4 week schedule and about 10 days after the order deadline we do free home delivery in our delivery area. Our current delivery area is the whole Upstate, out to Charlotte, NC, down to Columbia, SC, up to Asheville, NC and out to the Mall of Georgia. Feel free to check out our website for all the products we offer. Let us know if we can help you in anyway and if you have any questions!

    Blessings, Jacque Schaaf

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    Meghan V. Reply:

    Thanks! I signed up for your newsletter.

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  27. Maggie says

    We live in south MS. We don’t have anything like azure, trying to get them to deliver this far south. :) as of right now, I just found a vegetable co op that only does it for 8 weeks and you get what you get. The past 2 weeks I have had to give most of the vegetables away as my family doesn’t eat the collars or kale, green peppers, tomatoes, etc. Wish there was a co op Ike azure. I buy my grains from bread beckers, but the shipping is horrible.

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  28. Alyssa says

    Thanks Laura, for this post…my mother-in-law were just discussing YESTERDAY that it would be great (I tell her about your blog all the time) if you could somehow orchestrate a listing of resources by state, so we could find some of these resources locally!!! You rock!! :)

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    Alyssa Reply:

    sorry…’mother-in-law and I’…a bit distracted here! :)

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  29. Rebecca says

    I am in Iola, (SE)Kansas, and hoping to find or join a local co-op.

    I found an Amish country store (doesn’t advertise and is pretty small) in south east Kansas. They have a big variety for their size! I can get Wheat Montana flour, rolled oats, wheat germ, herbs and spices (but I usually order from Frontier), molasses, maple syrup, popcorn, sugar, and much more. I also got homemade butter for 2.50/lb. You won’t find it by searching online or anywhere else. It’s by word of mouth. If you’re interested, I will email you the address. (It’s about an hour west of Joplin, deep in the country)

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  30. Jean says

    I’m Jean and I live in Ohio. I order from United http://www.unfi.com I can purchase grocery items, frozen food, toiletries, cleaning products and supplements. I cannot purchase produce and for that reason I would love to be able to purchase from Azure Standard, but they don’t deliver in my area. We are a small group so we only get deliveries every 2 months, but we may be merging with a larger group and then will be able to order every month. I love the items I buy from United! :o)

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    Lynn Reply:

    Jean~where in OH are you?? I’m near Akron and would love to get info regarding this coop

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    Jean Reply:

    I live in Brunswick. Our group right now is called Medina Food Co-op but the pick up location is in Brunswick. We just had a drop off yesterday, so it will be another 2 months before we place another order. If you send an email to info@unfi.com you can ask for information about local co-ops. Then you will receive the contact information for our group. It took me a while to be able to join the co-op; our coordinator is taking college courses so is quite busy. But you might even find a co-op that is closer to your home. I forgot to mention that I can also get perishables such as yogurt, sour cream, butter, etc. I hope you find what you need. :o)

    And if we merge with the other group, I’m not sure what our name will be, but this info is correct for the time being.

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    Lynn Reply:

    That’s prefect! I’m in Medina all the time and my dad lives in Brunswick, so I’m quite familiar. Hopefully I can get in on the next order. Thanks!

    Jean Reply:

    Lynn~mention my name when you contact our coordinator…I’m the only Jean in the group. :o)

  31. says

    Hi, Laura! I love Azure Standard and recently started a new co-op with them so I could open it up to more people to join (they gal who ran the group I was in, just couldn’t take more people). It’s been great seeing so many new people get access to Azure’s quality foods. Also, I am in an Amish Farm co-op, so if you think it would be helpful to share that with your readers, I would be happy to do a guest post and talk about it and let you all know how you can connect with the farm and see about starting your own. The owner of the farm was even featured in Business Week. Blessings, Kelly

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    Kelly @ The Nourishing Home Reply:

    P.S. The Amish Farm sells all grassfed meats, poultry and pork, pastured eggs, and a ton of fermented foods and cultured/raw dairy products.

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  32. Marjorie says

    I’m Marjorie and I live in Western Pennsylvania. I order monthly from Frankferd Farms. I get many of my bulk items, maple syrup, eggs from an Amish store about 30 minutes away. I can also order bushels of apples in the fall. We belong to an organic CSA also and get a wonderful variety of produce, honey, etc for about $12 per week. We also go to a co-op in Pittsburgh whenever we go since it is about an hour drive. I would love to have the option of Azure Standard here!

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  33. Nancy says

    I live in South Texas, Kingsville which is about 40 miles south of Corpus Christi. I buy most of my organic produce and products from Sun Harvest and HEB Plus in Corpus Christi. I buy organic, grassfed beef, and organic chicken and eggs, and sometimes organic pork and raw milk from Edelen Farms in Alice, TX. Edelen Farms 361-668-8615 or edelenfarms@hotmail.com

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  34. says

    I’m Kris. I am in Southern Oregon and have an Azure Drop here that anyone is welcome to join. We have a UNFI drop about 10 miles away, I understand, but I have never used it myself.

    I also use Amazon.com for certains items and Vitacost.com for supplements/hygiene products/teas, etc. About 3 times a year, I go to a food co-op about an hour away for grass fed meat, sustainable seafood, etc.

    We also buy from local farmers.

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    Kris Mays Reply:

    I should have said we order from Azure once per month, but have the option of twice per month.

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  35. Jenifer Parker says

    I only saw ONE Florida post, I’m in deep south Miami-Dade county. Anyone know of someone “licensed and trusted” this far south?

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    julie Reply:

    I know that United used to deliver to co-ops in our area. Tampa Bay. No one seems to be using them now. Alberts produce is based out of Sarasota and the do go south. The are carrying meat, cheese, chicken and milk. Our raw milk products come from a farm In Sarasota also. You may want to check into it and see if there is deleivery your way. But you must have a co-op or a store front.
    Hope this helps. I can look into names and numbers if you want to email me.
    Blessings,
    Julie

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  36. Cammie M says

    I live close to West Palm in FL. If anyone can help me find a place for raw milk and grassfed meats, I would really appreciate it. I have checked everywhere and the closest places are an 1 1/2 away.

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    Jean Reply:

    Check out http://www.realmilk.com/where.html for any availability of raw milk in your area. :o)

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  37. Hannah says

    I live in West Richland, WA. I am picking up my first Azure order this afternoon thanks to your influence. I actually ordered the items through shopthenorthwest.com, where I also was able to get farm fresh eggs with the Azure items. I bought coconut milk and “white” (not red) whole wheat flour.

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  38. Sharon says

    I am from the Atlanto metro area… there is a local co-op in the newnan/sharpsburg area (Janet from Earth Woman Farm 770.713.5031) plus lots farmers mkts and csa’s…

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  39. Kristina says

    Kristina from SoCal. We have a lot of Azure drops. Also Farmer’s markets abound this time of year. Locally (San Bernardino County)my neighbors sell eggs and other produce from their garden. I’ve been trying to find the best place for grass fed beef, and it looks like hubby and I are going to take a drive to Johansing Farms in Paso Robles (about 3 hours from us) to get 1/4 of a cow for $7 a pound. If anyone knows of anything better in my area i’d love to hear about it! Also if anyone has a trusted source for raw milk please share.
    All I know is they sell it at Henry’s Marketplace for $6.99/half gallon. Ouch! Thanks, Laura, for the forum to communicate!

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  40. says

    Kristina I’m in SoCal too! I don’t know anywhere to get milk or beef for less than you’re quoting. We just moved here. Can you tell me more about the farmers markets?

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    Kristina Reply:

    There is one in Upland that i’ve been to- I think it’s Thursday evening, I haven’t been this season but I know they’ve started. Last year the prices didn’t seem too far off from Henry’s sales, but it’s local, and they have a “fair” like atmosphere which is fun for the kids. It’s in the downtown area just east of Euclid street. There is another in Redlands that I regreat to say i’ve never been to. They do it on Saturday morning and we went, but I didn’t realize that they pack it up by 10am… we got there just as everyone was leaving. It too is fair-like, and there is a children’s library just off the street. It’s off the 10fwy and Downtown Orange street. I don’t know if it’s up and running yet, but i’m hoping to go when it is. I don’t know where in SoCal you are, but I hope that helps!

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  41. Kristie says

    I’m Kristie and I’m from Birmingham, Alabama and am looking for a supplier! I’ll check out the bread beckers, but any other suggestions are much appreciated!!

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  42. Stephanie H. says

    Hey y’all…My name is Stephanie, living in Burley Id. We have Azure and Bountiful Baskets. I don’t mean to be a “Debbie Downer” but reading through the comments, I find it sad that there is not more available to us. We (America) have the richest soil, and lot’s of it, yet it seems near impossible to get natural, raised from the ground, food that our Creator God intended for us to eat that hasn’t been drenched with chemicals or imported from other countries….{sigh}

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  43. Cristy says

    We are in Western Colorado and use Bountiful Baskets (www.bountifulbaskets.org) for our fresh fruits and veggies. Great prices and lots of produce every other week. Still looking for an affordable organic grass fed meat source, but I have found a local farmer for milk and eggs.

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  44. Lisa H. says

    I’m Lisa and live in the Raleigh, NC area (Wake Forest). While I do have a UNFI co-op available, produce is really hard to come by. Costco only has so much. I love Trader Joe’s for some things. I get milk from a SC farm as it is not legal to sell raw milk in NC, and eggs from both a local farmer and from a friend. We also have a Wheat Montana co-op drop-off nearby. With 10 people in my family, things get a bit expensive if I rely only on retailers. I need to find a close source of grass-fed beef/lamb.
    Last year, I drove 2 hours(each way) to pick up a quarter cow, and spent a ton of gas money driving our 15-passenger van to get there and back, not to mention spending the better part of my day driving! Not worth it for so little. I’d also love to find local organic produce that I could buy in large quantities, as I have a large quantity of mouths to feed. Anyone else in this area with suggestions for beef/lamb/chicken and produce? Thanks, Laura, for this wonderful idea.
    Azure Standard sounds wonderful… wish we lived on their route.

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    Michele Reply:

    Lisa – you should check out Laurel Creek Meat – as there is always
    a possibility that they have a co-op close to you or you could form
    one and be assured of grass fed meat. Here’s the link:
    http://www.laurelcreekmeat.com/

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    Summer Reply:

    I live in Florida, and Laurel Creek Meat does a delivery every three months. They are great!

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    Becky Reply:

    Lisa – I’m in Buies Creek on the other side of Raleigh. Where is the closest SC farm you go for milk? I’ve looked into it but the drive, they seem to be below Charlotte, doesn’t seem worth it. Right now, I’m doing UNFI and I also go to Costco and Trader Joes (but I work in Raleigh so the drive is a sunk cost). I need a source for eggs here (I’ve gotten them at the downtown farmer’s market in the past but $4/dz is high). And I’m wanting to try raw milk but am put off by the drive. We also drove about an hour for grass fed meat. If we do it again, we’ll get more to make it worth it. I am surprised this area doesn’t have more natural food options. And the raw milk thing irks me.

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    Litha Reply:

    Ha. I grew up in Buies Creek so I probably know you. :) I agree, to be surrounded by farm land Harnett County seems to be lacking in natural food options. I’m in Asheboro no and I’ve had a lot better luck finding grassfed beef, free-range chicken, eggs, etc. Charlotte area seems to have more too.

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    Cindy Reply:

    Hi, I live in Raleigh and use Papa Spud’s (www.papaspuds.com) for both grass fed meat, local honey, and produce. It is kind of a modified CSA in that you choose what you want. It is not terribly cheap, but it keeps me from hunting down good food. :) And in the last hour that the ordering system is open, you can get really good deals on produce that is not sold out yet. I get home delivery in Raleigh, but they have a drop point in Wake Forest, I believe. On their website, they have a list of most of their farmers, so you could perhaps contact them directly and see about bulk orders.

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    Litha Reply:

    I’m in Asheboro,and get my grassfed beef from Ingold Farms http://www.ingoldfarms.webs.com/
    I LOVE these people. The prices are very reasonable and they are so helpful and friendly. If you drove two hours to pick up beef, this may be a closer farm for you? Knowing them, they may even arrange to meet you somewhere if your order was big enough. (Oh, and their meat comes frozen so that helps with transportation too). Wouldn’t hurt to contact them.

    For produce, have you tried a CSA? With that many mouths to feed maybe you could purchase more than one “share”? Don’t know if you’ve checked out this website yet: http://www.ncfarmfresh.com/ where you can search for local farms and CSAs. Of course you’d have to check out if their produce was organic by contacting the farm, etc.

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    Crystal Reply:

    I am also in Asheboro, and love Ingold Farms. I get my milk from Homeland Creamery…it’s not raw, but it’s the freshest and best I can find locally. I would love to find a produce box, like Bountiful Baskets, but don’t know of any around here. Do you?

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    Leslie Reply:

    Hi, I too am in the Raleigh area…sorry to be so out of the loop but what is UNFI?

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    Tracey Reply:

    I live outside of Raleigh, and I found raw milk (“for pets”) while browsing Craigslist! I’ve only purchased one time, but when I get back into making homemade yogurt, I’ll probably become a regular.

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  45. Dara says

    I agree with Stephanie H. I would love to have a better source for local, natural foods, but even in our agricultural state (Kentucky) its very hard to find. Can’t wait until DH and I move back to our rural hometown and have some land where we can raise our own. Its illegal to sell raw milk here in KY so that’s out unless you have your own cow. (My dad was a dairyman when I was growing up and I can tell you that dairies are the cleanest places you’ll ever visit. Its a same you can’t buy the milk straight from the farmer. It would help them out so much on price too!)

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    Tiffany Reply:

    I live in Virginia & it’s illegal to sell Raw Milk here as well but if you own a “share” in a cow then it’s considered your own milk. We have a (semi) local farmer we buy our raw milk from but we bought a share in the cow so it’s o.k.. I know milk shares run around $50-$125 per share – I think ours was $50 & then we pay $6/gallon + gas for the weekly deliveries…April’s total was about $38 (I only get 1 gallon/wk.)

    I would just inquire with friends to see who they know that owns a cow.

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    Sarah Reply:

    Tiffany

    I know this is an old post but would you be willing to share the name of your farmer for milk? I’m looking into a cow share and am having a hard time locating one where we are.

    Thanks,

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    Tiffany Reply:

    Hi Sarah,

    You can email me at jtlmatt@comcast.net & we can talk!!

    Look forward to hearing from you!

    Tiffany

    Aimee Reply:

    We just moved to KY from California and have managed to get some raw milk
    and we just bought a share in a farm for their yummy veggies! What I’m having
    a hard time finding is something like azure for all my grains…

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    jerilyn Reply:

    Where in KY are you Dara? I’m the Louisville area and belong to a local co-op. The man who runs it has a ton of connections, so ask me and I may be able to help you.

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    Jenny Reply:

    I am in KY too–the Lexington area. If anyone knows of any good deals on grass fed meats, please let me know! I am also on the look out for eggs and would love to know where I could get raw milk as well!

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    Ami Reply:

    I live just outside Lexington. You can buy raw milk (labeled not for human consumption) in Sadieville and you can meet someone in Georgetown or Lexington to buy it from a farmer who lives in Falmouth. Farmer’s Markets just started and always have eggs in my town. An extension office worker told me they’re trying to find someone to sell raw milk in our county. Farmers also bring freezers full of meat to the Farmer’s Market, too.

    Jenny Reply:

    Ami–thanks so much! Do you have a contact number or website/email or anything for the raw milk? i would be so appreciative! I am in Richmond and wish I didnt have to drive to Lexington for everything, but what do you do. I was getting eggs from a farmer in Danville for $2.00/dozen, but while they were free range and local, they were fed GMO corn–so I am back to grocery store eggs. I also got some grass fed (ground)beef at Good foods co-op today for $4.00 a pound. Not too bad. Thanks for your help!

    Ami Reply:

    Jenny – Check the Real Milk website for a listing. I bought milk from Willow Springs Farm (Falmouth) for almost a year and he had eggs for $2.50 a dozen. You could also ask your extension office, which sounds weird but when I asked they weren’t shocked. You could ask at the library, too. I live in Versailles and eating local seems pretty popular here, but I don’t know anything about Richmond. I have been frustrated with the prices at Good Foods Coop and Whole Foods so I usually stay in Versailles to shop. But $4 for beef does sound good. I think you may get it about that price if you have a good farmer’s market in town, but I guess I only know my Farmer’s Market. Good luck!

    Angie Reply:

    Hi Jerilyn- I’m in So. Indiana and we be interested in you local co-op. Does he have
    a website. I buy grain and some other things from wheat-n-things@aweber.com.
    They are located in Louisville,KY.

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    Angie Reply:

    Wow, I should have checked my comment before I posted it. Sorry for the errors.

    jerilyn Reply:

    angie- email me. :)
    shorterconns@gmail.com

    Heather Brandt Reply:

    I’m also near Louisville, KY (on Southern Indiana side) & would be interested in info. on co-ops.

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    jerilyn Reply:

    Heather, email me at shorterconns@gmail.com

    Aimee Reply:

    Azure now delivers to a few different places in Kentucky! SO exciting!!

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  46. Jodi says

    My name is Jodi and I live in Phoenix, AZ. I’ve participated in Azure a couple times, regularly get my produce from Bountiful Baskets – organic and conventional options plus breads and extras available (cases of tomatoes, fruit, etc in season). http://www.bountifulbaskets.org/ Options in several western states. A lot of local family farms (I’m in Buckeye) that supply our farmer’s markets have their own sales, Greer Farms just opened a market on site, open everyday, where they sell their own produce and also ship in from other farms in the area. We get our grass fed beef from a farm in Chino Valley, they deliver once a month to the Phoenix area to a local drop off point, like Azure. I love that option as you don’t have to buy a quarter, they accept orders as small as 20 lbs but I usually order one of their packages at 60-70 lbs and split with a friend, works out to $6 per lb!

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    Amber Reply:

    Bountiful Baskets is a wonderful co-op for produce. I am even starting a site in our small, rural town. If you’re anywhere in the southwest, I would recommend looking into it!

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    Aya Reply:

    Jodi,
    If you are reading this, could you please email me?! I have lived in Buckeye for almost a year now and would love to know more from you. chambersemail at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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    Jaime G Reply:

    Jodi, I’m in Goodyear, and I would love to learn more about your beef supplier. You can email me at jaime.geer4@gmail.com.

    I also participate in Bountiful Baskets. Isn’t it great!

    Thanks,
    Jaime

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    Jodi Reply:

    I both of you, look forward to connecting!

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    Jodi Reply:

    Sorry, that was supposed to say I emailed both of you :-)

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    Daphne Reply:

    I live in surprise and we would love the info on your meat supplier.

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  47. Christy says

    I have been looking very hard for coop info for Marysville, OH (about 25 min. from Columbus). I have even looked into CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture). However, I have yet to find anything that would work. Advise would be wonderful!!!

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    Lisa M Reply:

    Christy in Columbus there is Just this farm CSA – Kevin Eigel (sp?)and Flying j farm in Newark that I know of. Both do lots of the markets around. Westerville has a good farmers market and we have had beef from Longmeadow farm (they are at Westerville). Also check out honoredpraire. We are about to try a farm in New Carlisle for grassfed beef and milk. Their info is on eat wild.org
    I do not know much more about CSA’s as we have been gardening the last few years.

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    Randi Reply:

    UNFI
    unitedbuyingclub.com or maybe unitedbuyingclubs.com
    google it, it’s close by

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  48. Karen says

    I live in southern Wisconsin and use UNFI. We also order through Country Life Natural Foods in Michigan. They will deliver if you have an order of $400 or more.

    For fresh produce, we go to Whole Foods or farmers during season!

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    Sonja Reply:

    Karen,
    How do you know where UNFI will deliver to? Is it a mail order, or does a truck actually come to your area?

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    Amanda S Reply:

    I am curious as well, and how do you go about ordering from them? I looked at hteir website but I didn’t see any catalog or anything.

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    Linda Reply:

    You should be able to call them and ask for the nearest co-op. It comes by delivery to a location
    chosen by the co-op. Ours is delivered to a church.

    http://east.unfi.com/public/CustomerService.aspx

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  49. Sarah says

    I live in Dayton, OH and would love information on things for my area. The only problem I have is having a picky husband and being gluten free myself I have to be able to pick and choose what we purchase. Any information on a local-ish Amish farm would be awesome!!!

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    Lynn Reply:

    Someone else mentioned Green Bean Delivery and they deliver to Dayton. I’m too far north, but it looks good

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    Lisa M Reply:

    The is a farm in New Carlisle, Ohio. You can find it on eatwild and rawmilk.org. The Baumgardeners (sp?) The will be adding chickens and eggs soon. Currently have grass fed beef and cow share for raw milk.

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    Randi Reply:

    UNFI is close by

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    Jamie Reply:

    Sarah, I am in Greenville,Ohio not too far from Dayton (my husband works in Englewood) and I run a food co-op where we get food from Walnut Creed Foods in Holmes County (Amish country). We order every 3 weeks . I would love to find a source for produce to offer our members. If you would like more info. about our co-op, email me at: bakerncompany@peoplepc.com

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    Jamie Baker Reply:

    Our email address has changed to bakerncompany7atgmaildotcom

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  50. Amy says

    Anyone here from the Northeast? I live in Ct. and get my raw milk from a local farm (well 30 minutes away…which doesn’t feel as local as I’d like sometimes lol). We also do Costco and Shoprite (which has many organic choices). I LOVE WholeFoods and try to go every couple of months but their very expensive. Does anyone know of any co-op’s for healthy food in my area?

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    Randi Reply:

    I’m in PA, we have UNFI

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    Michelle Reply:

    Hi Amy,
    I’m in Connecticut, too, and looking into joining a local UNFI group. There are UN groups all over the state. Check out the website: http://www.unfi.com. I’m in the northwest corner, where are you located?

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    Amy Reply:

    Thanks Michelle, my husband and I started to look into but didn’t get too far. I guess researching after 11:00 leaves my brain fried lol. We are in Southington. How about you?

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    Michelle Reply:

    Amy, I’m in Colebrook, which is in the Northwest Corner of CT. UNFI delivers once a month to our local school.
    -Michelle

  51. mml says

    I live in central VA and I order from Frankferd Farms out of PA( http://frankferd.com/) they deliver from Ohio down to southwest VA, and from Quail Cove (http://www.orders.quailcovefarms.com/) in southern VA. They go from DE to NC. I also order my Wheat Montana and a few other things from a local Mennonite store. The distributor is Dutch Valley foods(http://www.dutchvalleyfoods.com/index.asp)in PA. If you contact them they can probaly tell you if there is a vendor in your area. I goto the Dutch valley website, write down everything I want, then call the local store and she orders it all for me…with a 10% discount for buying in bulk:)! We are also fortune to have 2 Whole Foods and a Trader Joes within 1- 1.5 hours. Local Harvest is where I found our milkman.

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    Teresa Reply:

    I know this is an old post, but it sounds as though you are in the same area as I am. I just found Dutch Valley’s site today, and would love to know what store will place the bulk order for you. Is it Yoder’s? I’m trying to find a way to order organic bulk items such as sugar, quinoa, beans, chia seeds, and flax seeds. I would love any information you could give!

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    mml Reply:

    Miller’s Country Store in Farmville, VA. The owner is Mrs. Miller. I don’t
    think they have chia- but they might. Whole Foods can order you any
    of their stuff in big bags or cases too- plus a 10% discount. We get our quinoa in 25 lb
    bags from amazon(cheapest price I have found). TEll me if you want my contact info.

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  52. Tiffany says

    I live in Ashland, Virginia – outside of Richmond. I would love to find a co-op around here other than Avery’s Branch who I find quite expensive. I own a “share” in a cow so I get raw milk weekly. We have friends that have a farm that is getting up & running – so we get eggs from them & just bought some “dinner” (broiler) chickens from them. We have a local Farmer’s Market that I can get produce from but I would love to find a local lamb farmer & maybe fresh veggies.

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  53. says

    I live in the middle of Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC so I get the best of both. There is a small mom and pop store in Columbia called My Favorite Things that runs orders every so often basically like a co-op (including wheat montana) aside from keeping healthy items in stock as much as they can. In Charlotte (and surrounding areas) there are a couple buying clubs – Go Local NC Farms (I’ve ordered from them once before and loved it!) and http://www.farmersfreshmarket.org/rutherford/ (I haven’t ordered from this before as I just found it but am getting my order ready for the next pickup).

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  54. says

    My name is Sonja and I live in central WI in the Wausau area. We have a large group that orders from Country Life out of Michigan about every other month. We also have a bulk food store east of town called Owl Ridge. There are several Amish/Mennonite grocers within a half hour or so of here that have bulk goods as well as a good number of organic farmers with the summer market and CSA farms. They actually print out a map and book showing you who and where they are. Because it is illegal to sell raw milk here (for the moment), we have found a local farmer willing to sell it to us without the cow lease at $4 a gallon. I get eggs from a lady who knows a teacher with too many at $2 a dozen and they are the prettiest brown and green eggs I have ever seen.

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    Kristi Reply:

    I live in Michigan and have been looking for a good co-op. Would you mind giving me the contact info for Country life?? I’m really interested!!! Thanks!!

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    Marilyn K Reply:

    http://www.clnf.org

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  55. Gena says

    My name is Gena and I live in NH! I get most of my stuff from local farms (milk, meat, eggs) but buy my bulk grains/beans/seeds/honey etc. from http://www.associatedbuyers.com

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    Tara Reply:

    My name is Tara and I live in Southern Maine right near the NH border. We just moved here-my husband is an active duty Marine and is recruiting in Dover, NH-so I haven’t had a chance to find anything. Can I get more information? Your link didn’t work for me. Thanks!

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    Gena Reply:

    Okay, try this: http://www.assocbuyers.com/index.asp

    You have to actually call them to find out if there is someone ordering in your area. If there is, they will have the person that organizes the orders get in contact with you. Or, if you are goinig to order more than $350 worth a month, or can combine your order with someone else, you can work with them directly to set up a group. Let me know if you have anymore questions! Have you found any local sources for your meat/eggs/milk?

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    Brighid Reply:

    My name is Brighid and I live in the Monadnock area of the state. The farmer that used to supply us with
    beef stopped farming so now we’re looking for another source of affordable, local, grass-fed beef. There
    are plenty of people selling beef in the state but I haven’t found anything that’s within our budget.

    We used to do CSAs (the first one was started relatively near here in Wilton, NH) but found that it worked
    better for our family to shop at farmer’s markets which should be starting pretty soon!

    I don’t know of anything comparable to Azure. Anyone with a good recommendation?

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    ELENA MARSHALL Reply:

    I live in Lyme, NH (near Hanover and Dartmouth College). We use the Hanover Coop and local farmers/producers along with ASSOCIATED BUYERS as well. :o) We are very blessed to have excellent producers all around us.

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  56. Holly says

    Any TN readers that can guide me to a local co-op? I’m in Nashville. Thanks!

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    Ann Reply:

    There are TONS of coops in nashville. a short google search will bring
    up many results. i checked out one called Doe Field farms when we first moved
    to the area. but sadly they don’t deliver to clarksville, about 50 miles away

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    McKinsey Reply:

    Holly,

    You should check out http://www.morningsidefarm.com. They are located south of
    nashville but may deliver closer. I order from them once a month. You can
    see all of the items available on their website!

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  57. Steph says

    I am moving to MD (Anne Arundel) in a few weeks and would love to know what is available to me out there!

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    Randi Reply:

    UNFI

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  58. Kristy says

    Wow! No California people! If anyone knows of anything in California let me know!

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    Katy Reply:

    I’m CA too and I can’t find anything in Northern CA.
    Maybe we can start our own!

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    Jennifer Reply:

    I’m in Northern California (Bay Area). I use a CSA for my produce (Live Earth Farm). I know Azure Standard delivers here. But am looking for other options for meat, dairy, and eggs.

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    Jill Reply:

    Katy,
    That’s odd, it seems that most of the cattle ranches are in N. California. You might want to google it. Although I was looking in the area of Humboldt County, you might be east of there.

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    Jill Reply:

    Hey there, I’m in california. I’m still looking for meat, although Sprouts has ground beef, for 3.99 lb. this week. It’s grass fed/pastured. I get my meat there when I can, and when it’s on sale. I paid 5.99 lb. for my chuck roasts/pot roasts. I get most of my grains from Azure, I pick up right near Sprouts so I do both on the same day. There is a cheaper place to get raw milk, it’s in Temecula. I get organic produce whereever I can that’s cheap. We’ve been getting Fujis and another one (can’t remember) for around .50lb. We bounce around on the organic produce, Boneys, Sprouts, Frasier Farms, Jimbos, and even Ralphs now & then.
    If anyone knows of good sources in Honolulu, let me know. My daughter walked into a whole foods there and asked for raw milk, they all started laughing. “your not from around here are you?, It’s illegal there.

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    Kristina Reply:

    Where in Temecula do you get raw milk? What’s the price? Is it goat or cow? I’m about an hour south of Temecula, but it might be worth it if the price is right. Thanks!

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    Jill Reply:

    http://www.realmilk.com/where1.html
    http://delaneysartisanfoodsmarket.com/HOME.html
    I get it at Delaneys on 5th, last time I was there is was 6.50, but I can remember the size. I love to get their raw cream.
    For you being south why don’t you just get the milk at Sprouts? Organic Pastures is not too bad. My daughter gets it at a cheaper rate than Sprouts from a chiropracter. She also was able to meet Mark McAfee.
    We only go to Delaneys because we drive through there on our way to Riverside. We are working on fresh sources though. My daughter up in Riverside gets a ton of stuff. She just discovered goats milk. We thought we hated it, but if it’s fresh from the goat, it’s great.
    Keep in touch, we can compare notes. I’ve been looking for more resources.

    Kristina Reply:

    Hey Jill, do you or your daughter have any trusted source for grass fed beef? The best i’ve found is to drive to Johansing Farms in Paso Robles to get 1/4 of a cow for a flat $7 per pound. Any suggestions? I’m sure your daughter already knows, but Redlands has great CSA’s and farmers markets in season. We truly are blessed when it comes to produce here in California!

    Jill Reply:

    Hey, I think I just found something for meat. With the baby asleep I can almost think again even though now I’m tired since it’s after midnight. LOL!
    I looked on a website called Local Harvest. Sonrise Farms, they will bring the meat to you. So here’s the link of what I’m looking at.
    http://www.localharvest.org/beef-quarter-local-pick-up-C19891
    Maybe it’s me, but the math is not adding up. When I look at the pounds and price I get a cheaper per pound than they do. Might have to call them to have that clarified.
    Pick up is at a farmers market which makes it about 15 min away for me.
    You all might want to check out local harvest, it seems to be in a lot of states.
    If someone already mentioned this I’m sorry.
    I’ll be visiting a farm up in Riverside area next week to check out what they have.
    Also, I think they sell individual or smaller amount, but I thought at least a quarter cow might be cheaper plus save time/money from running around “hunting” for meat.

    Kristina Reply:

    So I checked it out and Sonrise Farms is 8.65/pound. I was confused too because the checkout price is two hundred something when it should be nine hundred something for 115 pounds at 8.65 per pound. It finally sank in hours later that the checkout price is a downpayment. You will still have a balance at pick up depending on the final weight of the meat. Pretty cool that they have a drop off 15 minutes from you though! Hey when is the sprouts sale over? I have a Henry’s by me, and although they are affiliated with each other their grass-fed beef has always been more expensive that what you’re getting at Sprouts. Is the sale through today? Because I have to go to L.A. for a doctors appt and can stop by Sprouts on the way home if the sale goes through today (Henry’s has double ad Wednesday). I can’t wait to hear about what you find at the farm in Redlands next week. Is it a meat farm or just produce? I’m really trying to go to the farmers market on Saturday. I read online that it’s “Farmers only” and not fair-like as most of the other local one’s are. I hope to find good prices on organics! I’ll share what I find if I get a chance to go (2 year old, 1 year old, and 5 months pregnant means you never know what’s gonna happen! :)

    Kristina Reply:

    Jill,
    You are so awesome!! I stopped by Sprouts last night on my way home from L.A. thanks to your tip. I got there at 9pm and they were cleaned out. I was bummed until the guy at the meat department reminded me of a very important detail: rain checks!! I got one for the ground beef and one for the chuch roast and the best part is they are no limit and no expiration date! Wa-hoo!! Thanks again for the tip!!

    Elissa Reply:

    I live about 30 minutes North of Temecula. I would love to hear about
    some of your sources for fresh milk.

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    Jill Reply:

    So I drive past you quite often. I live in Oceanside and we drive to Temecula to do the Delaneys, Winco, thrift store thing. Even before gas prices rose we tried to make our trips worthwhile.
    Kind of hard with a toddler. The Sprouts in Temecula is not the same as all the other sprouts. It gets really good deals on meat too. Now I know you have a Winco, but there was a drop off for Azure in Temecula, and there is also one in Riverside.
    If you are up north, the Unity Farm in Riverside is great. There is an article on them in the Riverside PE. I’m planning to go out there and meet Gabriel since my daughter says he’s so nice and so dedicated to organic farming. The produce is great. He is one of the contributors to her produce coop. Her coop also gets eggs and other things. They also have an account with Mountain Rose Herbs and Cultures for Health. If you order through these you can get pretty good deals.

    Jill Reply:

    From Temecula I can be in Riverside in 30 min. I call it my halfway point. I can drive from Oceanside to Riverside in an hour. If I’m alone my best time was 40 min.
    There are a lot of good resources in the Riverside area. If you want to connect with my daughters produce coop let me know. Eggs, produce, cultures for health, mountain rose herbs are some that they do as a group. My daughter is supposed to be sending me their meat order sheet so I can see prices/ location etc. to see if it’s in our budget.

    Jill Reply:

    Kristina,
    No, I’ve checked out a bunch, but they all seem to work out to a bit more than I’d pay in Sprouts.
    There are a couple new ranches down here, but you pay a membership fee, plus you commit to three months of meat. It seemed to be well over $8 lb. This week Sprouts has their grassfed ground beef for 3.99lb. I didn’t make it there, hopefully I have enough to tide me over until the next good sale. Otherwise it’s around 5.99lb. I’ve gotten roast for that price. Steaks are always a bit more.

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    Jill Reply:

    Kristina, the sale at Sprouts ends today. I drove out there and bought 4 packages of ground beef and 7 of boneless chuck which worked out to 13.38lbs of beef, organic grass fed for 53.40. All the packages were 3.99 lb. I guess maybe I should have cleared the cases of meat. Sprouts does get good deals so you just have to watch for them. The boneless chuck was a random thing, it wasn’t advertised, it was just marked that way, some were marked 5.99lb. The Sprouts I go to is in San Marcos. The Sprouts in Temecula has it’s own website and sales. It has more organic produce and more organic products in it’s bulk bins. I figure if I’m not able to get organic I might as well buy it at Winco. I did find organic sugar at Winco, brown and turbinado. I use sucanat, but the others prefer that for their coffee sometimes. I just wish that one day I’ll wake up, and I can get everything I need at a large organic emporium and not have to do logistics to keep my food stores full.

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    Jill Reply:

    Kristina,
    I am so glad you got that raincheck. Later on I thought about it and felt bad, thinking, what if you went to the Sprouts I went to, do they restock, I forgot to remind you of the raincheck, and a million things running through my mind. I bet you were tired, going that time of night. But I think it was worth it huh? I know it’s not horribly late, but I always hate being on the road for any length of time with little ones. I almost hold my breath hoping they sleep the entire way. I went to the San marcos Sprouts. My daughter up in Riverside lives really close to her Sprouts.
    Tomorrow I might be going to Temecula to check out that Sprouts, go to Delaneys for some milk and cream. I asked my daughter about the farm she had in mind. I don’t think they have meat. Hopefully we might learn something though. It will be a good field trip for the kids, and maybe get some goats milk to try. One farm she checked out feed their hens some kind of corn/soy grain. She said if we pay for the feed she would feed them organic food. But then the price she wanted for a hen was a bit out of my price range. Plus, I want the hens to eat bugs, not just feed. I’m really wanting to have my own hens.

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    Kristina Reply:

    I went to the Pomona and Claremont Sprouts, and yes I was very tired! It’s three hours round trip (in good traffic) so my babes don’t sleep the whole time… and boy was the one year old grouchy when we got home!! It’s funny that you mentioned chickens- i just got my first egg from our hens!! Wa-hoo! I wish you happy shopping with many sales in Temecula! :) I can’t go to Redlands on Saturday… but hopefully soon! What I really need to do is get my butt outside and plant my garden! But both children are sleeping so I think i’ll just enjoy the quiet and read my Bible instead!

    Jill Reply:

    Sounds like you take the 15 up and cut across.
    We did make it to Temecula. Found organic rolled oats at winco. Found pastured liver at Sprouts. It wasn’t out, so the butcher actually sliced it up for me. It was the best looking liver I’ve ever seen. If you can actually say that about liver. He showed me the liver and told me that grass fed cow livers are smaller than regular grain fed cows. I’m not a fan of liver, would only eat grass fed. I grink it and mix it with the ground beef and one other ground meat such as sausage to hide the flavor. Make it into meatloaf or meatballs. No one ever knows it’s there.
    Oh, I made it to Delaneys also. Their raw milk went up a buck, so now it’s about the same price as Sprouts. The cream was cheaper though. Right then, I got a call saying I can get the milk for $7 up in Riverside. Seems that there are a lot of resources out there. The trick is to combine your trips to save gas and make it cost effective.

    Terri Reply:

    Hey guys–I am in N. Cali too and am looking for a place to get raw milk. The best I have been able to do is at Whole Foods and they quit carrying it a while back. If you are anywhere near Davis they have an amazing Farmer’s Market on Saturday and they have grass fed beef, wild fish, pastured chickes and a lot of organic and pesticide free produce.

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    Jill Reply:

    http://www.realmilk.com/where2.html

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  59. says

    Hi, I’m Stacy from Southwest Virginia. I looked into joining a Buying Club here, but the prices didn’t seem that good to me. Instead, I visit our produce market in Wytheville, Virginia – King’s Produce. I can buy everything there! They sell bulk foods as well as produce, even local honey and milk. If you want to buy large amounts, they’ll place a special order for you and only charge you what they pay plus 10% for the shipping. :-)
    I buy my grains from Bread Beckers who happens to have a delivery point near here.
    I wish we had Azure Standard!

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  60. Kelly says

    i live in central Arkansas and have ordered from Azure twice!! it’s so fun when the truck shows up and we all get our packages….almost as good as Christmas! We also have an organization called Locally Grown that delivers a basket full of fruits, veggies and meats every so often. Our farmers market should be opening soon too!

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  61. Kristi says

    I live in Southwest Michigan. I haven’t not been able to find a co-op in my area. I have some local farmers that I get my meat, eggs, and milk from. I’m looking into another farm to get produce to fill in the gaps from my garden. We have a local health food store that I use to get the other items I can’t get from farmers (like my dried beans, wheat berries, and sucanat) but they are very expensive so I would really like to find another option.

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    Sarah Reply:

    @Kristi, where in SW Michigan are you? I’m in Berrien Center. I’d love to work with you to figure this one out, because I’m looking for a co-op too. you can email me at angil1979 @ gmail (dot) com just take out the spaces. Thanks!

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  62. Lyn says

    I live in central Washington state and use a great CSA for produce and eggs. I get wonderful grass fed beef from Oberg Brothers in Tonasket. Am looking for a good source for bulk grain.

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  63. Carrie P says

    I live in West Central MN. I order from Azure Standard and also participate in a CSA farm called Bluebird Gardens.

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  64. Rachel Farnham says

    How about central Iowa? Anyone know of anything? There is Azure Standard drop; but it is pretty far away.

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  65. Dacia says

    Hi – I’m in South Jersey – or southern New Jersey – just to be sure. My in-laws graciously raise a steer and share it with us yearly and we have 50 hens for eggs that we use ourselves and sell. We garden a lot through the summer and I put up a ton through canning and freezing, so I don’t buy a lot of vegetables through the winter, but I’d love to find a source for grains and such. Anyone co-op in the area? I talked to some recently that do- but their co-op is mostly prepared foods, not the raw goods. I was so excited to find them, until I researched what they were co-oping a bit more and found it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.

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  66. Mary says

    I’m just outside of Knoxville, TN. Anyone have info for me? Raw milk is not legal in TN but I’m not sure if you can buy a share in a cow here? I have a source for grassfed beef but I’d love to find sources for produce, grains, dairy.

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    Tori L. Reply:

    Cow shares are legal in TN. I live east of knoxville in Morristown, and we have a cow share with McBee Dairy Farm. I think they make some weekly drops in the knoxville area. You can find out more at http://www.mcbeedairyfarm.com(though I think their prices have gone up a little bit.) I also get eggs from them.

    We will be moving to knoxville this summer though, so I’d love to know where you get your grass fed beef from.

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    Sonja Reply:

    You can also check out West Wind Farms. They deliver to your area, I think.

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  67. Kelly Smith says

    I live in KS and buy from Azure Standard and also from JAKO, Inc in Hutchinson, KS, for grass-fed beef (they also have raw dairy, lamb, pastured chickens/eggs, local raw honey, and some whole wheat products): http://www.jakoinc.com/.

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    Vanessa Reply:

    HI!! I never thought I’d see a fellow Kansasan! I’m north of Salina. Brand new to all this. We buy farm fresh
    eggs from a friend of ours an if she’s has a bumper crop of fruit she allows us to pick the leftovers.
    I’m really looking for veggies as we have access to meat from friends we homeschool with. Is Azure pretty
    Good?

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  68. Sarah says

    The Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis, MN! They have such a great selection of natural, organic, and local foods, and their bulk section is absolutely incredible!

    @Carrie P – I know Bluebird Gardens! I grew up in FF so ate their produce all the time. Mark has a great thing going there. Small world :)

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  69. says

    I live in southern Indiana in the tri-state area (IL, IN, KY). We go to River-city food co-op in Evansville,IN. You don’t have to be a member to shop. We aren’t members yet because you have to put in volunteer hours and with my kids being little and my husband working weird hours, we can’t commit yet. They have lots of handmade items (soaps, yarn items, etc), organic seeds, bulk grains and dry goods, as well as soaps, shampoos, etc that you measure out your self in your own containers. We love it!

    We are also part of a meat CSA in Evansville with Stonewall Farms. We pick up meat once a month. We get chicken, beef, pork and eggs with them. We could not be happier with them!

    We get seasonal veges and fruits at the farmers market (when it’s in season) at the downtown Evansville farmers market. All the farmers are local and many are organic, or mostly organic. We have gotten to know them personally, which I love.

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    Michele M Reply:

    Thanks for the information, Beth! I live in southeastern IL. I’ve driven by River City a few times, but didn’t know anything about it. I assumed you had to be a member. I’ll have to check it out!

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  70. Sara Neal says

    I am in Holly Pond, AL (Cullman County), the land of Tyson Chicken houses… Please help me locate pasture raised meat and eggs and raw milk!

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    Kristi Reply:

    I’m a little farther north in Madison Co., but there is a farm in
    Hartselle that sells pastured meat. Here is the link:
    http://www.raisedonpasture.com/

    I have several source for beef, chicken, and eggs in and around Huntsville
    if you are willing to drive that far. Raw milk is not legal to sell in
    Alabama, except for pet consumption. I’m pretty sure cow shares are not
    legal either.

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    Follin Reply:

    Kristi,
    Do you know of an open food co op for grains and nuts in the Madison, Huntsville area?
    Thanks,
    Follin

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  71. says

    I live in Arlington, Wa (about an hour north of Seattle). I have an all volunteer produce co-op that operates out of my home twice a month. I was able to get a business license and I purchase produce directly from a produce supplier. The wholesale cost of the produce is passed directly on to the participants. We also do a monthly Azure order. It’s a great service to the community I can be a part of while still being home with the kids.

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    Taryn Reply:

    Stephanie–
    I’m in Marysville, WA and would be very interested in joining your co-op and Azure order! Email me at Taryn dot Bechard at gmail dot com.

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    Jill Reply:

    Hi,
    I am in Snohomish and interested in the same thing! Could you contact me please at dekangaro@gmail.com.
    Jill

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  72. says

    I’m Janet and I live in south east PA. I do not have a co-op, but I have a favorite bulk foods store!

    Miller’s Natural Foods in Bird-In-Hand PA

    Check it out– I blogged my last trip!

    http://thegoodsonfood.blogspot.com/2011/04/millers-natural-foods.html

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    Carrie S Reply:

    Janet! I go to Miller’s once a month! I love it! I’m going to read your blog about your trip! Have you bought eggs from any of the local farms? I see several with signs for fresh eggs but want to have some recommendations.

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  73. Jen R. says

    I live north of Dallas in McKinney, TX and pick up a monthly Azure order near me in Allen.

    I just discovered Bountiful Baskets, and will be picking up a basket for the first time either this weekend or next weekend. http://www2.bountifulbaskets.org/

    And I’m blessed to be surrounded by several great Farmer’s Markets here in McKinney.

    I’m in a veggie co-op that goes every other week to the Dallas Farmer’s Market. But it’s conventional, so if things work out with Bountiful Baskets, I’ll probably switch to that instead.

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  74. Jill says

    I just need to ask if anyone has had any problems with Azure Standard? Today, I was refilling my inside container with a still sealed bag of Arrowroot Powder and when I opened it I about spewed it smelled so bad. Kind of like something dead, so much so that I was looking. Also a faint trace of a manure smell. Anyway, I contacted Azure and they told me that it wasn’t their problem, despite the fact that my bag says Azure Standard on it. It was a bulk item. She gave me the number for Oregon Spice and told me I need to talk with them. I thought it a bit odd, seems to me whoever sold it to me should take responsibility. Correct me if I’m wrong anyone. I contacted Oregon Spice by e-mail, since they are closed. I guess I’m out the $10 bucks I paid for it, but then Azure will be out the $100 bucks I spend there every month. If they can’t stand behind the products I buy I don’t know what else to do.
    If anyone has any ideas, let me know.
    thanks

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    Kris Mays Reply:

    Jill, NEVER. I have neer had a problem with them with returning or getting a credit on something. That sounds strange and unlike them completely.

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    Jill Reply:

    That’s what I thought. I’ve been so upset about it. I had my daughter smell it to make sure I wasn’t going bonkers. I called another daughter to make sure I wasn’t out of my mind. Yep, everyone thought it was odd. I will post if I find out anything else. I kept the bag of it in the garage in case someone wants to check it. My daughter said I should talk to my pick up person. She is a relative of the family so my daughter thinks she might be able to take care of it.
    So, your right, in all the time I’ve ordered, I’ve never had a problem either.
    Hopefully tomorrow I’ll find out more.
    thank you

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    Jill Reply:

    Talked on the phone to Oregon Spice company. All he said he would do is forward my call to their quality control people. He took my name, email, and phone number. No apology, just a business type call. I then wrote to Azure again but did not receive a reply.
    Will see…

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    Kris Mays Reply:

    Jill, I do not get good results emailng them. Try calling and speaking with someone personally. TI makes a huge difference.

    Jill Reply:

    Well, here’s the response I receive from Azure which means I’d have to open everything while I’m doing pick up since I wouldn’t have to expend gas going that distance to try to return it. Guess I’m out of luck since I trusted that everything was okay. My bad I guess.

    Jill,
    Product Returns Policy stated on website and in the front of our catalogs…

    We will gladly give full credit for any missing or damaged goods in your order. You must report items you wish to return to us within 3 working days of the delivery of your order. (Any insect contamination may be reported within 7 days after receiving product) You may do this by calling us with your name, the invoice number, and the nature of the problem.

    Thank you,
    Elaine

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  75. edith says

    wow! i live in bethlehem pa and, after reading the comments, realize we’re really blessed to be here. we buy organic raw milk from a nearby farm ($4.25/gal)whose cows are fed 60% grass. was told holsteins need grain too. the farm also has organic chickens and eggs ($2.25/doz), organic veggies in season, and organic beef. they also carry organic bison from a nearby farm, as well as raw honey from a nearby beekeeper. we also have access to fresh fruit, veggies, and meat at the allentown farmers’ market, open every thursday through saturday year-round. lots of amish farmers come up, and there’s at least oe butcher there who will cut meat to order. most of our grocery stores carry a decent variety of organic food – my favorite being wegman’s, whose organic section is awesome. never heard of unfi. glanced at their website and will do a more thorough search later. however, saw they carry organic valley products. know very little about this organization, but they are pushing pasteurized milk (check out their website) and, worse, they recently forbid their member dairy farmers to sell raw milk to local customers – they must sell all their milk to the co-op. this is distressing not only to the people who reloied on the farms for raw milk; but it’s forcing some of the farmers out of business. not good. i no longer buy their products. just thought you should know.

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    Soccy Reply:

    Can you email me with more information on where you purchase your dairy, bulk grains, meat? I’m in Montgomery County and my source us so much more expensive. ($4/eggs & $7/milk) Also, info on that farmers market would be great! Srivas5@verizon.net. Thanks so much!!!!

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    Kristen Reply:

    I live in hellertown and would love the info too!!! Kristengillem@gmail.com

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  76. Joyce Gonz says

    I live in Homestead fl. I’ve been looking for a place to go or order raw cow milk. It’s been so hard and every place is so far away!!! =(

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  77. says

    We live in Southeast Georgia, and in our immediate area, it’s been very hard to find any co-ops, etc. We do have lots of local farmers, though, who sell their products, although they’re not pesticide-free. I haven’t found a source for milk, but I believe there are some legalities restricting it here. I do, however have a great source of grass/grain fed, hormone/antibiotic-free beef. These folks are awesome: http://jdbeef.com/Home_Page.php And the prices are comparable to what beef is going for in our local grocery stores right now. I hadn’t seen anything for Georgia yet, so thought this might help someone.

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  78. Colleen says

    I have been looking for this “conversation” for about a month. I have been doing a little research and can’t break the code on this. I live in the Heartland (NE Ohio) and can’t find a co-op. I do Farmer’s Markets, a Penn Dutch Market, buy a 1/4 grass-fed steer each year and try to buy in bulk when I can … but, I’m a baby compared to you guys! Does anyone have a recommendation for a buying club near Canton, OH?? Thank you!!!

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  79. Iman says

    Hi guys!!!
    I’m currently living in Colorado (Littleton area) and would love to join in the whole food approach. We are a small family of 3 (me, my husband and our almost 2 year old son) and I’m always trying to find resources to get wholesome organic food into our home (I love your blog Laura, I’ve learned sooo much!!!!) If anyone in Colorado could share where they get their organic food I would greatly appreciate it. I have a small list (that’s growing!!!) of farms and farmers but am always looking to learn from experienced professionals!! lol!!! Thanks again everyone!!!

    P.S.: Buy the way, does Azure ship out to where I am?? I looked up their website and was AMAZED by the things they offered and the prices!!! I hope I can join their co-op.

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  80. says

    Hi, everyone, we’re visiting Versailles (Ami I read your comment about raw milk as you mentioned you live in Versailles) for 3 weeks, in between Cleveland Clinic doctor’s appts. We need to find raw cows milk and goats milk. We don’t know the area & are staying on Cummins Ferry Road. Can anyone tell us how to find the milk. We know of the awful abuse around raw milk sources. We are part of Transition Town Santa Cruz and traveled out here for the Clinic. Also, is there a Farmer’s Mkt here in Versailles or nearby, or a health food restaurant/shop? Also, need to know about raw foods places and gluten free. Any help, information, sources would be deeply appreciated since we are not from here but are used to access to health foods stores and farms in California. Here is my email address. risagoodwill@gmail.com. Sincerely, Risa

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  81. says

    We are visiting Versailles for 3 weeks in between Cleveland Clinic visits. Due to health I am seeking raw cows & goats milk. Also, health food stores, raw foods, gluten free sources of food. We are staying on Cummins Ferry Road, 12 miles outside of the town of Versailles. Is there a Farmers Market here? We are from Santa Cruz California & part of the Transition Town Initiative there. In SC there are health food stores everywhere and also farmer’s markets. Can anyone help us with information, milk, resources while we are here. We thank you…Risa

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  82. says

    2nd comment from Risa
    To Ami, who wrote a comment (above) on this site about living in Versailles and going to Farmers Markets here. Can you help us find raw milk, a Farmer’s Market, a health food store, resources? We are visiting – outside of Versailles, just drove in from Cleveland clinic, have to return in 3 weeks. The place we are staying has no food that is edible or what we are used to. I’m searching for ways to find real food & real milk. Thanks for your help. Risa

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  83. Ro Pico says

    Rosary Acres, a co-op run by a wonderful home schooling family in Ligonier, Pennsylvania – about an hour from Pittsburgh – look it up; the zip code is 15658; they have everything including raw milk, pastured meat, organic fruits & veggies and much much more

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  84. Kristen says

    I’m in Charlotte. I just found a company that is similar to Azure Standard, but services NC/SC/GA (basically, from Atlanta to Charlotte). Check out The Grain Loft (www.grainloft.com). There selection isn’t quite as big as AS, but at least you don’t have to pay UPS shipping. :)

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    Jessica B. Reply:

    Thank you for this! We live about three hours west of Charlotte.
    I will definitely be checking this out.

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  85. Melanie says

    We just recently moved to Erie, PA and have a great co-op here. It’s Whole Foods Co-op and has a bunch of bulk items, local eggs, fresh organic produce and so on. I’m sure they have local milk as well but we don’t use regular milk, we use almond and coconut milk, which they do have too. The staff is very friendly and it was such a great experience to go shopping there. I will go back again this week as their organic rolled oats are on sale for 99cents/lb and we love oatmeal in the mornings.

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  86. Courtney Wagner says

    Anybody have any resources in California’s Central Valley? Anything between Fresno and Modesto or the Sierra Foothills?

    Thanks!
    Courtney

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    Kris Mays Reply:

    Courtney, Azure Standard delivers to CA. Check it out at http://www.azurestandard.com

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  87. Deb says

    I live in northeast WI and use Country Life Natural Foods for my flour. Can you tell me the best place to get raw milk, cage free eggs and grass fed beef etc.

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    Kate Reply:

    Hi! I also live in NE WI – I’d love to know where to sign up to be
    part of Country Life Natural Foods. Currently, raw milk is illegal in
    WI – but I know of some people who still get it in the Mennonite
    communities and Amish communities. I haven’t been able to find
    anyone that will sell it to us yet. Cage free eggs and a local CSA that we belong to are
    through this place http://www.kellnerbackacregarden.com/index.html.
    We purchase organic beef (1/4 cow is what we get) through
    http://www.localharvest.org/seifarm-grassfed-beef-llc-M30443. We also
    order from Share WI – every month they have an organic produce box
    that is quite big for the price that you pay. Cheaper than any other
    store we’ve found around here. Here’s the link: http://sharewi.org/.

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    Kate Reply:

    Oh – and our latest find is the Mennonite store in Lena called
    Brubakers. They’re open Monday – Saturday 8 til 5 (I believe they
    open at 8 – I know they close at 5). They have a very wonderful
    assortment of bulk good at very good prices. We buy our organic
    brown rice there (as well as a lot of other things) to grind into
    flour since we’re gluten-free here. It is so much cheaper – a lot
    cheaper than Walmart.

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  88. pam says

    I live in Central Ky. Marksberry Farm Market in Garrard Co. has an incredible selection of local meats and other foods. They can tell you exactly where the animal comes from and what they have eaten before you by. Last week grass fed ground beef was $4 lb.
    Also check out the Boyle Co. (Danville) Farmer’s Market when it resumes in April. Great pork, beef, lamb and chicken and tons of wonderful veggies and fruits. Friendly, knowledgable vendors.

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  89. Nanci says

    I live in the Athens, GA area, and there is an amazing little store in Watkinsville (about 15 minutes from Athens) called the Granary. They carry non-homogenized milk from a local farm, wheat, sucanat, local raw honey (at a great price), maple syrup, evaporated cane juice, almond meal, and TONS of other great things. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re in the area. :)

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  90. Kunti says

    Hi, my name is Kunti and I live in northen New Jersey. I was wondering if any of you know of something like Azure standard in the east coast. I would love to buy bulk grain, pasta, rice, etc.

    Thanks

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  91. Jacqueline says

    Hi, my name is Jacqueline and I live in Huntington, West Virginia. It is illegal to sell raw milk here. I am going to do a google search tonight to try and see if there are any co-ops around my area. I am about 2.5 hours from Columbus, Ohio. And 30 min from Ashland, KY. Hope to see some other people from my area here.

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    Aimee Reply:

    As of right now, Lexington KY is the furthest east Azure goes (in KY).
    In Ohio, there are drops in Cincinnati, Lebanon, Franklin/Middletown,
    Dayton, and Brookville. Hope that helps!

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  92. says

    Hi :) I’m Kelley and I live in Northeast Georgia. I have no idea if there are any co-ops near me. Would love to know :) Azure cannot deliver to me here :(

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  93. jenn says

    Can anyone tell me where the butter that stringtown sells comes from? Is it local pastured? The big blocks they have in the cooler…thx!

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