One of the pleasures Dave and I have enjoyed since moving to Cleveland is the availability of a Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to shop at. Whereas before we would stock up during our infrequent trips to these stores, the availability of having them nearby has made the novelty begin to wear off. However, as my brother puts it; “shopping at Whole Foods just makes you feel happy” 🙂 The environment is great, but you can end up spending your whole paycheck if you’re not prudent!
Some products I love and plan to make a staple of our pantry. Namely the chocolate covered dunkers, decaf coffee and gnocchi from TJ’s. It also seems that the 365 products at Whole Foods are pretty comparable to other grocery stores. One of the issues as well as cost- how do you decide the trade-off between organic, fair trade or local products that are better for you, the environment and communities yet spending more for them? Since we weren’t able to get into a CSA farm share this year because of our move, we plan to participate in city fresh, a weekly veggie subscription here in Cleveland. I love this idea because with a normal farm share, you typically miss a couple weeks in the summer because of vacation.
We also plan to do some pick your own fruit, one of our favorite things to do in the summer. I’m a glutton for blueberries- we typically pick 40 lbs and freeze them to use through the winter.