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Two more weeks and I will be in California! SO PSYCHED. We are visiting LA, San Diego, Phoenix, Flagstaff / GC, and Las Vegas. I am so excited I am counting down the days.<br><br>
However, I just saw the movie Food, Inc tonight, and now I am freaked out!<br><br>
I would like advice about any good farmers markets in those areas. And if I need to go to grocery stores, which are OK for ecological/healthy food? I was in the USA 10 years ago and I remember the super markets were really really huge, but I don't remember much ecological or healthy packaged goods. For example I wanted to get some cereal and found several types of musli that looked really good, but every one of them had added sugar and ingredients I could not pronounce. I would also like to get some ecological, non-homogenized milk from grass-fed cows. Is this going to be realistic? Where can I go to shop?
 

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Where in LA are you staying?<br><br>
For the most part you should be fine shopping at Whole Foods (they are all over the LA area) and Trader Joes (they have non-hom milk, don't know if its grassfed).
 

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Henry's and Sprout's are both in Southern California and are great natural foods stores.<br><br>
There are a ton of farmers' markets all over San Diego: <a href="http://www.sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farmers-Markets.php" target="_blank">http://www.sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal...rs-Markets.php</a><br><br>
The one in Poway is my favorite!<br><br>
Though I do have to say that while eating healthily is obviously a good thing, don't let it dominate your vacation. Enjoy your trip!
 

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For grass fed raw milk, there's only 1 widely available brand in CA - Organic Pastures. And WF stopped carrying it a couple months ago. You'd need to go to their website and find out what local stores near where you'll be staying may carry it.
 

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You could try to find a Natural Foods Co-op. <a href="http://www.ncga.coop/member-stores" target="_blank">Here is a link</a> to find them all over the US - just go to the states that you'll be visiting.
 

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Thank you all so much for the great tips and links! Very helpful. I will look out for Whole Foods and Trader Joes, and the Consumers Co-Op in Santa Monica or the Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op. cristeen - thanks so much for the tip on Organic pastures milk. I found out that both Henry's and Sprouts stores carry this milk, so we will definitely stop by one of them.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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ITA- but I just saw that movie, and it made me ill! I figure we will be eating breakfast at the various hotels every day, and eating out for dinner almost every night, so I just wanted some really healthy grain-veggie-fruit options for lunch, just to compensate.
 

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The Farmer's Market on Third and Fairfax is Los Angeles is AWESOME! It's also open every day.<br><br><a href="http://www.farmersmarketla.com/" target="_blank">http://www.farmersmarketla.com/</a><br><br>
And here's a list of the farmer's markets in and around LA.<br><br><a href="http://www.farmernet.com/events/cfms" target="_blank">http://www.farmernet.com/events/cfms</a><br><br>
You should be able to plug "farmer's market, area you're visiting" into Google or another search engine and find similar lists.
 
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