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I'm looking at our budget to see where I can trim, and I've decided that I want to explore different options for our organic produce (and possibly meat and dairy).<br><br>
I have a heavy preference for delivery, because we don't have a car during the week, and I really like having things delivered because I don't make as many impulse purchases.<br><br>
In the summer, we are part of Bosky Woods, a local Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA), and this helps keep our produce costs down. We also freeze berries from local organic farms like Formosa Nursery and Glen Valley.<br><br>
Currently we go through SPUD (<a href="http://www.spud.ca" target="_blank">www.spud.ca</a>) for organic delivery. I've been looking at Ladybug Organics (<a href="http://www.ladybugorganics.com" target="_blank">www.ladybugorganics.com</a>) and they look a little cheaper, though possibly less easy to order from. But if I'm not going to the store, I can deal with a longer ordering time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Any experiences with other local produce companies?<br>
Any other options we can explore?<br><br>
I've done some poking around on farm fresh BC, but at the moment we don't have the money for a bulk meat purchase. However, ideas for organic and humane local dairy and meat are also welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><br>
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I don't have any answers for you, but I'm interested to hear what you find out. I've been with SPUD for about a year now and find them to be quite expensive. I do like that you can see how far each item has travelled.
 

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I love ladybug <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I've used spud in the past and like ladybug better... better service and better produce IME. I don't find the ordering more difficult...
 

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I have found that the best place to buy organic produce that is grown in the Lower Mainland is Two EE's Farm Market in Surrey at 168 and Fraser Hwy. They don't deliver as far as I know but if the owner were approached they might if there was money in it for them. They grow most of thier own stuff and used to be "pesticide free" but were certified organic just this year. Thier prices for organic stuff are the same or lower than non-organic stuff at Safeway. If you plan your menu you can shop every two weeks and make the trip worthwhile <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Tricia,<br><br>
Delivery really helps us too. When we were in N Van we got deliveries from 3P Meats (on Main and Mt Hwy). You mention you don't have $$$ for bulk meat, however I think we only had to order $150 to get delivery. Having a good amount of meat around REALLY helped our meal prep and cut down on take out = less $ spent!!<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Pealette<br><br>
We like <a href="http://www.3pnaturalandexoticmeats.ca/" target="_blank">3P</a> - I think the prices are OK. We might try Ladybug instead of SPUD. We are eating a LOT of veggies and the prices for organic produce are killing us! I've been buying bulk stuff from <a href="http://www.horizondistributors.com/home.html" target="_blank">Horizons Distributor</a> - you have to set up an account with them but the prices definitely make it worthwhile for non-perishables. I've been buying a whole lamb each year directly from the farmer - they are very low volume though so you'd have to find your own farmer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.
 

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3P is only $50 for delivery - to vancouver! you should be just fine. of course i can spend that in a blink.<br><br>
ladybug does look good. this won't help you, tricia, but we use <a href="http://www.nowbc.ca" target="_blank">nowbc</a>. it is a buying group, and i am very fond of it. there are groups in vancouver, or you can form your own.<br><br>
we use discovery to buy bulk from...horizons seems good too, different products. it looked to me like ladybug uses one of them...i'm not sure which it was. you need to order $300....in a blink, i say!<br><br>
i haven't got a lot of space but was considering buying more meat to freeze...particularly grassfed.<br>
however, the butcher at 25th + main, windsor, is quite excellent. they have organic medium ground beef at $3.19/lb, which i haven't seen anywhere.<br><br>
i spend all my money on food, frankly. i'd love to spend less buy i have a thing for quality.<br><br>
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hmmm does anyone have a contact number or more info for discovery? I ould like to see their catalogue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> and I can't find any info....<br><br>
also a new organic wholesale butcher opened in Maple Ridge called Orgnic World... its a great deal!!! worth checking out when you're out this way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I love Ladybug and their customer service is excellant, when dd was sick nigel would call me to make sure we had enough food and if not; because I had limited internet access he would just drop off what I needed. We tried SPUD before but I found them expensive and that my produce got beaten up to much.<br><br>
I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Organic World in Maple Ridge, they have an so much selection for different kinds of meats and cuts. We buy buffalo bones for my sister's dog and raw from them (and now mine too)
 

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I'm interested in trying nowbc, when we were looking into it before we didn't have a car, so we got SPUD. Then I started working at Capers, and with my discount it was cheaper to shop there. Now that I'm not working there, we should get delivery <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
how do you find nowbc artparent?
 

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Wow, <a href="http://www.nowbc.ca/catalog/index.php?cPath=21" target="_blank">the veggie prices are amazing</a>! Evening pickups would be a PITA though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
e.g. organic beets:<br>
spud price $3/lb (for 1 lb)<br>
nowbc price $1.20/lb (for 3 lb)<br><br>
bunch organic kale<br>
spud price $3.96<br>
nowbc price $1.90
 

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I have no suggestions, but I'm glad you posted this. We've been getting delivery from Organics at Home for about a year, and just cancelled our service. I've been planning to stop getting veggies delivered, but I may check out Ladybug, since they seem to get rave reviews from everyone here!<br><br>
Organics at Home was mostly good quality stuff. They seemed expensive to me, but I really don't have anything to compare with, as they're the only service I've used. We were getting a large box every two weeks, and we stopped service because of waste. During much of my pregnancy and especially after we lost Aaron, I just wasn't anywhere near organized or motivated enough to always use everything up, and we ended up putting way too much of it in the compost. We've decided to drop back to shopping a little more frequently, for smaller quantities, instead of having the big pile coming in every two weeks. The food was good, though. (We mostly only ordered produce, so I can't say anything about their other products.)
 

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Ksenia, you could start a club in your area, that way you wouldn't have to go drive to pick up your delivery. But that means you need a place to put it all and I'm not sure how co-housing would work with that.<br><br>
It could work.
 

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Wooops! I'll try the tribe thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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you can use the contact form at <a href="http://www.nowbc.ca" target="_blank">nowbc</a> and find out if there is already a group in your area, or set up your own. ksenia, i just leave the stuff sitting on cedarmama's porch if i can't get out in the evening, and pick it up first thing. she doesn't really mind <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> and there's a cooler for things that really do need to stay cold. when it is too warm to sit out all night, it is also lighter and i'm more willing to pop out for a walk with my stroller.<br><br>
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I've been wanting to buy meat in larger quantities for the carnies in my house (carnivores...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) but we have a TINY freezer.<br><br>
Do any of you do freezer shares? Would any of you North Shore folks be interested in having a shared freezer?
 

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NowBC does look pretty good.... as does Ladybug.<br><br>
Would any of you other North Shore-ites be interested in joining a group for NowBC if I set one up?<br><br>
Thanks for starting this thread, Tricia! Not having to spend a couple of hours shopping on the weekend would be really nice!
 

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We freezer share with my parents and it works out great.
 

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Oh wow, forgot to sub to my own thread and look what happens!<br><br>
I've poked around on NowBC. Our CSA works the same way, but it is dropped off at my parents' house and it's a good excuse to head down there. I think that there is another local buying club in N Van too. Mountain something. I will go to the NowBC site a look around.<br><br>
We do Horizons with a friend, too.<br><br>
Thanks for the 3P tip! They are also near my parents' place, and I didn't know that they delivered. I got some ground beef from someone out in the Valley, but it wasn't too much cheaper than what I order from SPUD. We primarily order ground meat, because we use it more as seasoning than as the centre of a meal.<br><br>
tooticky, we have a big, big freezer but it doesn't work very well. I suspect that it is jacking up our electricity bill something awful. As soon as we eat our raspberries I would like to get rid of the big one and our apartment-sized one and get a medium size one.<br><br>
gr8fulmom, organic world isn't that one just off the main highway on the Dewdney Trunk, is it? No, that's hopps or something....<br><br>
Erin, I just looked at NOW BC and I think that I will investigate Ladybug a bit more. I like the variety that SPUD has, and if I can continue to streamline my shopping, that's great.<br><br>
Storm Bride, I used to go to the Organics at Home Saturday market, but ah...the getting out of the house for groceries! Ack!
 
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