By the way…I think this post holds the record for being the absolute longest I’ve ever written. Maybe? Well, brace yourself.
Today, I want to take you with me while I pick up my food co-op order.
I live in a smallish town that has two nice grocery stores and a Super Walmart. If I wanted to go to a Whole Foods store or something like it, I’d have to drive almost two hours one way. Therefore, I order most of the food we can’t grow or get from local farmers from Azure Standard .
I usually place my order online and I almost always order in bulk. It’s less expensive for us to buy in bulk…I have enough room in my kitchen to store bulk groceries…and there are six of us so we eat…a lot.
Ready? Field trip time…
The delivery truck meets us in the Walmart parking lot. And don’t think I didn’t feel a little bit silly taking these pictures because I did. Who else whips out the camera to take pictures of people getting boxes of food off of a truck but the Heavenly Homemaker? Ah, but I did it for you anyway…and my Azure Standard friends just smiled and nodded like they would expect nothing less from me than to take pictures of this fine activity.
That long of a truck can hold a LOT of yummy food!
Thank you, Mr. Nice Truck Driver.
Here are our nice piles starting to form while we wait for everyone to show up and take their food home. The whole process only takes about ten minutes. And…many of us squeal a little bit when our pretty boxes of apples come off of the truck. Mr. Nice Truck Driver just looks smug because he has what it takes to make grown women squeal.
Then, as all of you know…I bring it home and unload it onto the counter so that I can stare at it for several minutes. Looking at my groceries (and thinking about how I’ll make the food into yummy meals for my family) makes we very happy. All that you see here cost me $168, by the way.
Then, I take many of the bulk foods (honey in the case of this picture) and break them down into small containers for easy use and storage.
Thank you to everyone who is still reading this post and has not fallen out of your chair from boredom. (And if you DID fall out of your chair, I’m sorry to say that you need to get up and sit down again because the post isn’t done yet.)
I KNOW not everyone has the luxury of Azure Standard delivering in your area (like say…my readers from Turkey). I’m sorry that I just went on and on about something that is not relevant to you…I just have a lot of other readers (like say…my readers from the 17 states that A.S. does deliver to) who have been asking about this.
There are other food co-ops to check into. Try United Buying Clubs. Or…take a look at this Coop Directory Service. (Again, that won’t help you folks in Turkey.) :( If you’re from Canada you can do what Stephanie does and order from Spud.
(If there isn’t a co-op nearby…you CAN get one started as long as there’s a company that delivers to your area. Azure Standard didn’t deliver in my town until I made a phone call three years ago. Now, there’s about 20 of us who are a part of this group.)
And also…if you have absolutely no way of ordering some of these fabulous foods from any of the above mentioned places…try Amazon. (Does Amazon deliver to Turkey?) I am amazed by what you can order from Amazon and often you can even qualify for free shipping which is so cool. (Psst…if you’re gonna order from Amazon and you want to do it by clicking on the little Amazon button in the right hand column of my blog, that would be very nice of you.)
Since you managed to read through to the end of this and live to tell about it, the least I can do is listen to you tell me where you find most of your groceries! Do you have cool grocery stores where you live? Are there some neat markets where you shop? Are you a part of a food co-op? How many of you really are from Turkey?
and last but not least…
DID any of you fall out of your chairs while reading this?
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