Whole Food Resources
After several hours of list making, link finding and price figuring, here is the resource I’ve been promising for such a long time! I’ve tried to include everything that typically can be found in my fridge, freezers, pantry and bulk storage. I obviously don’t have all of these items on hand all of the time, but I do try to keep a good stock of most of these items so that I am flexible to put together a variety of healthy meals, as well as open our home to guests frequently.
I’ve included prices I prefer to spend on each item, but prices vary depending on which site is offering a sale. Keep in mind that prices are going to vary depending on where you live as well. Because I live in a small town with very few whole foods/organic food grocery store options, I buy most of my food from local farmers, from online shops or from Azure Standard, depending on where I find a better deal. (Plus, I try to save up most of my Swagbuck earnings to purchase food occasionally for “free” from Amazon.)
I buy almost all of the listed items in bulk quantities because I know we’ll use it. I also try to purchase just about all of the items in this list in organic form if possible.
Because you are all reading from different locations, I also recommend that you read through the comments on this post in order to find a health food co-op or whole food resources in your area. Also, check out LocalHarvest to find meat, milk, eggs and produce in your area.
Hopefully the linking system I used in each section is user friendly! If I linked to Tropical Traditions, Vitacost, Amazon, Azure Standard, or Mountain Rose Herbs, I tried to link each item to the specific product page on those sites for easy navigation.
Keep in mind that if you are a new customer with Vitacost, you can click through this link to receive a $10 credit to use on your first order (order must be $30 or more). It’s a great way to save some serious money on your first order!
If you’re curious, you can read more about our food budget for our family of 6 here.
And now, without further ado, here is my very long list of grocery items I love to have on hand:
Milk – I am blessed to only pay $4.00/gallon for raw, organic milk.
Cream – I buy this raw from our milk farmers – $3/pint.
Buttermilk – Homemade
Kefir – Homemade
Yogurt – Homemade
Sour Cream – Homemade
Butter – I usually purchase a case of Willow Made Sweet Cream, Unsalted Butter from Azure Standard. The case lasts us 2-3 months and averages to be $3.50/pound.
Cheese – I purchase raw organic Landmark white cheddar cheese from Azure Standard. It is $5.47/pound if purchased by the case.
Hamburger Meat – $4.35/pound at most
Cube Steak – $4.95/pound
Stew Meat – $4.95/pound
Beef Roast - $5.55/pound
Chickens (whole) – $12/extra large chicken, which I can stretch to feed my family six meals!
Chicken Breasts – I typically purchase Smart Chicken brand when it’s on sale at our local grocery store for $3.oo/pound or less.
Deer Meat - from local hunters who like to share
Tuna (canned) – I buy Natural Value Yellow-Fin by the case either from Amazon or Azure Standard, shooting for $1.50/can or less.
Salmon (canned) – Rubinstein’s Wild Alaska pink salmon from Azure Standard or Roland’s from Amazon – $3.00 or less per can.
Frozen Fish, sometimes – I live in Nebraska, what can I say? We don’t have fresh fish here. I don’t necessarily trust frozen fish from a regular grocery store, but occasionally I will buy some tilapia or salmon.
Eggs – I buy these from my friend who raises free range chickens and pay $2.50/dozen.
Red Beans - Azure Standard – $1.00/pound
Black Beans - Azure Standard – $1.40/pound
Pinto Beans – Azure Standard – $1.10/pound
Garbonzo Beans – Azure Standard – $0.85/pound
Lentils - Azure Standard – $0.75/pound
Hard White Wheat – I buy this in bulk through a big Wheat Montana truck load drop off organized by a friend or from Azure Standard – $0.42/pound.
Whole Kernel Corn – Azure Standard or Tropical Traditions – $0.50/pound
Popcorn – Azure Standard, Tropical Traditions or Amazon – $1.25/pound
Rolled Oats – Azure Standard, Tropical Traditions, Vitacost, or Amazon – $0.80/pound
Brown Rice - Azure Standard, Tropical Traditions, Vitacost, or Amazon – $1.80/pound
Whole Wheat Pasta – Tropical Traditions, Vitacost, or Amazon – around $2.00/pound
Coconut Flour – Azukar Organics through Amazon (best price!) or Tropical Traditions when it’s buy one get one free – $3.50/pound or less.
Sucanat - Azure Standard, Vitacost, or Amazon – $2.50/pound or less
Raw Honey – I purchase from a local bee keeper – $6.40/6 pounds (which is an outrageously good price)
Grade B Maple Syrup – Farmers Market, Vitacost, or Amazon – $17.00/quart or less
Cocoa Powder – Azure Standard or Tropical Traditions – $4.25/pound or less
Vanilla Extract - I make my own; read how you can too!
Corn Starch – Azure Standard, Vitacost, or Tropical Traditions – $3.20/8 ounce box
Arrowroot Powder – Azure Standard – $2.57/pound or less
Aluminum Free Baking Powder – Azure Standard or Amazon – $2.65/pound
Baking Soda – Azure Standard or Amazon – $1.00/pound or less
Shredded Coconut – Tropical Traditions- $17.50/gallon pail
Chocolate Chips – Homemade, Vitacost, or Amazon – $4.50/package or less
Butterscotch Baking Chips – Homemade
Active Dry Yeast – Azure Standard or Sams (if I can get a friend with a membership to grab some for me!)
Herbs and Spices
These are purchased either from Tropical Traditions, Azure Standard or Mountain Rose Herbs. I didn’t link to any specific site for these – where I buy these depends on who has the best price at the time.
Redmonds Real Sea Salt
Condiments and Sauces
Ketchup – I make homemade ketchup or purchase Muir Glen Organic Ketchup from Amazon, Vitacost, or Azure Standard – $2.70/bottle
Mayonnaise – I like Hain Safflower Mayo from Azure Standard or Vitacost – $5.50/jar or less
Mustard – Azure Standard – $2.35/bottle
Worcestershire Sauce - Azure Standard – $5.00/bottle
Soy Sauce - Azure Standard – $5.50/bottle
Liquid Smoke - Walmart ;)
Salad Dressings – I make my own, recipes are found here.
Jams and Preserves – Azure Standard, Vitacost, or Tropical Traditions – $3.00/jar
Peanut Butter - I make my own, recipe found here
Coconut Oil, Virgin (tastes like coconut) – Tropical Traditions, Amazon, Vitacost, or Mountain Rose Herbs – $18.00/quart
Coconut Oil, Expeller Pressed (flavorless) - Tropical Traditions, Amazon, Mountain Rose Herbs – $13.00/quart
Olive Oil – Azure Standard, Vitacost, or Tropical Traditions – $17.00/25 ounces or less
Butter – Azure Standard (Yes, I’d already mentioned this in the dairy section, but it’s also a fat. Apparently, I love butter enough to mention it twice.)
Palm Shortening – Tropical Traditions, Amazon – $25.00 or less per gallon
Fruits and Vegetables
Tomato Sauce, Tomato Soup, Tomato Juice – we grow and can our own supply for each year or I get them from Vitacost when we run out of our home canned goods
Green Beans, Sweet Corn, Peaches, Strawberries, Applesauce - we grow or buy from local farmers and preserve these ourselves each year.
Frozen Peas – Azure Standard – $7.70/5 pounds
All Other Fresh Produce – Azure Standard or local grocery stores
Cereal and Chips (purchased rarely)
So that you will always and forever have easy access to this resource list, I have added a link at the top of my site called Whole Foods Resources. I’ve also added this pantry button to my side bar, which will link to this post:
Thanks for all your encouragement to get this list created!! You guys are awesome!