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Hi everyone,<br>
I see there are alot of Triangle area mamas here but there aren't many recent posts! Whatcha all doing? Is there some place where you all are posting?<br><br>
Anyhow, I'm Lauren and we just relocated to NC (from NJ). We're in a Cary apt temporarily until we find a house/community where we want to buy a home.<br><br>
I already know of 2 mamas that moved to the Triangle area from NJ in the past year....so does there need to be another site/group/list where Triangle Crunchy mamas can unite? Or are there plenty of places I'm just note seeing.<br><br>
OH...and I do have to say that so far I am SOOO disappointed in the organic/whole foods prices. There are things at the Cary Whole Foods that are being sold for a FULL DOLLAR more than they are sold at the Whole Foods in NJ!!!! What is up with that? And the local CSAs are outrageously priced. The one that isn't, charges regular retail for organic produce (as opposed to the deal you usually get for investing in a CSA).<br><br>
How is the Durham Coop pricewise? I've found some farms (dairy/poultry) that are looking for Raleigh area coops to deliver here. Is there a need to unite Triangle mamas into a power coop?<br><br>
Just curious...have a lot of my plate right now but have the wherewithall to do it if it's needed.<br>
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Hi, Lauren! My name is Caitlin and we moved to Morrisville from Massachusetts just a few months ago. We are also holed up in a small apt while we house-hunt. I haven't yet met much in the way of a crunchy family, so this is a great post! I'd love to meet other like-minded parents. I've gone out to the Carrboro toddler play-group a few times and met some moms, but it's a bit of a drive for us. Thanks for the CSA info- I've been neglect in checking up on it. I know that there are some great farmers markets in the area, too. I'd love to get involved in something giving us more options for better, less expensive food.<br>
By the way, I have a four year old daughter, a 15 month old son, and a great husband, Andy.
 

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Hi Lauren & Caitlin,<br>
I live in Raleigh and have lived in the area for 8 years now. I don't usually come over to the FYT forums, although I do hang out on MDC a lot. For local resources and support I'm on the Triangle AP yahoo group, involved with LLL, and another local mama support yahoo list.<br><br>
I wasn't aware that Whole Foods and the CSAs were overpriced here. I've pretty much been here since finishing college, so I never paid attention to prices of those things before. So, I'm used to the prices. I was part of a CSA 2 years ago that I really liked. It's called H&H Farms and the pick up is in N Raleigh. I could send you the info if you like. Recently a friend of mine created a organics produce buying coop through Eastern Carolina Organics (ECO). We're trying to keep the group small right now, but I could send you ECO's info if you wanted to look into it yourself. The State Farmer's Market in Raleigh is nice, but you won't find much organic there (although ECO has started having a stand there - they sell for smaller local farmers). I think prices there are good. I LOVE the Durham Farmer's Market, although the prices seem really high to me. But...it's really local, and very small farms, so I figure that into the cost. But I love the atmosphere there.<br><br>
Hmm...what else...there is a Triangle Areas Babywearer group. I think they meet the 2nd Sat of the month, at the Raleigh Whole Foods. I've never been , but again, I could find the contact info if you are interested.<br><br>
And we're always up for meeting new people! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I have 2 DDs, almost 5yo and almost 2yo.<br><br>
Jennifer<br><br>
Oh, Lauren, I'd love to hear more about the dairy/poultry farms.
 

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crunchy mom in Cary checking in! I can't give any advice about co-ops, but I am interested in getting info about yours, Jenoline. I have not attending API groups or babywearing groups, but I have information about the homebirthing community. Great to know you're here. Someone with some room ought to have a cookout or we should make a point to meet at Pullen Park one of these days!
 

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Hi there! I live in the Garner area (about half way between Clayton and Fuquay). For some reason we have some reputation out here as being country hicks, not interested in eating healthy/organic foods. But I have several friends at church and in our homeschool group that are interested in starting or joining an organic co-op.
 

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Well, I'm not a mama, but a Daddy, and we're in Cary.<br><br>
I think Earthfare has better organic produce prices. Earthfare is an NC based Whole Foods like store, and tends to have more NC produced food too. It seems most of the Whole Foods produce comes from CA.<br><br>
There's an Earthfare right near Briar Creek, off of 540, and one in Chapel Hill.<br><br>
Also, we're getting close to start of all the smaller farmers markets. Carrboro, and Durham I think have the crunchiest ones. Lots of Organic, and small farm produced stuff.<br><br>
There's also a local Cloth Diapering group (<a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nc_cloth/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nc_cloth/</a>), and a couple API groups. We go to the Cary Nighttime group so my wife can go. I'm a SAHD and she works full time.<br><br>
There's also a local AP Playgroup list (<a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TriangleAreaAPplaygroup/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TriangleAreaAPplaygroup/</a>) that's really active. There are really quite a few AP/Crunchy type people around. Just hard to find sometimes.<br><br>
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I am so happy to see mamas and a papa (hey..great band title..lol) posting!<br><br>
I have found some resources (closet geek here) but at the very beginning stages. I should put them together along with the wonderful resources you all have mentioned.<br><br>
Caitlin....it's so funny how many are relocating here! Are you still house hunting? We're most likely moving out of Cary. Yesterday we went ALL the way up to Creedmoor, just outside of Wake County. There's lots of building and communities going on there now and they are expecting it to be huge. Hence the prices are a bit more than you'd find in other outskirt communities. I don't know. It's a hard assessment as there is NOTHING there now. I don't know if I can live there. Today we're checking out some Durham communities. Durham scares me because we lived right next to an urban area in NJ...just want to be far away from the bad stuff.<br><br>
Jennifer, ECO sounds wonderful. I'd love info on it though I think we're going to wait on a CSA this year. Since we're not sure where we're going to be. And I am having trouble fitting more "stuff" in my brain right now.<br><br>
And on the Whole Food prices....YEP. Horizon organic cheeses run from $3.69 to 3.99 in NJ and here in NC they were 4.99 at Whole Foods (cheaper at Krogers..btw). Organic milk in NJ is around $3 (shop rite sells it for 2.99)....at Whole Foods...it's around 3.99. I want to look further into the Hillsborough farm milk (the stuff in the glass containers). WF claimed it's not organic but that the farm doesn't use anything nasty; hormones, antibiotics, etc. I'll compile hte links I've found so far on the dairy/poultry farms and post it (soon, I hope).<br><br>
Hi Marcy and Liam....love your name Liam as it is my husband's name as well! Glad to see daddies here too.<br><br>
I joined the TriangleAPplaygroup the other day and they seem friendly and active! I'm beyond my babywearing years with my youngest at just about 4 so I probably won't look into that group (besides it'll just give me baby fever).<br><br>
I would love to check out the Durham coop. And I am intrigued by Earth Fare. Amazing to find a store that bans anything hydrogenated or with HFCS!!<br><br>
I could keep writing so better close now and get the day started. Any tips on house hunting in Durham? Right now, we're checking out the cookie cutter communities, something we swore we'd never do. It's amazing what the pocket book can change tho'. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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The other thing about Earthfare, is all thier packaging is recycleable, and they have thier own line of meat, which isn't organic, but they don't use hormones, or antibiotics, etc.<br><br>
I also do a lot of shopping at Harris Teeter, they have a line of organic products to, and carry a good amount of organic produce. I don't think it's as high quality, but I like them for thier milk and what not. They have a gallon of organic milk for $5 I think. I think that's the cheapest I've seen around here.<br><br>
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Earthfare rocks. I just wandered around there with my jaw agape when I went in there the first time, their stock is amazing.<br><br>
Oh hi BTW, I'm in Durham! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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hey y'all,<br><br>
welcome to NC, y'all! the other point of the triangle checking in here. i'm in chapel hill where we have an earthfare, whole foods and weaver street market <a href="http://www.weaverstreetmarket.com" target="_blank">www.weaverstreetmarket.com</a> . weaver st is _really_ in carrboro, but well y'know... earthfare is by far the highest priced of the three. i really don't see it lasting here to tell you the truth. weaver street is my main store, but i do go to the other two when i'm close to 'em. can't tell you much about cary or raleigh as i'm a chapel hill small town girl at heart and don't often venture to the big city. the girls and i do make it over to durham now and then, esp to the museum of life and science. just thought i'd say <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hola.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hola">:<br><br>
oh, p.s. great farmer's mkt in carrboro <a href="http://www.carrborofarmersmarket.com" target="_blank">www.carrborofarmersmarket.com</a> and great CSAs. tons of 'em. the "hillsborough milk" i thinkn you're referring to is <a href="http://www.mapleviewfarm.com" target="_blank">www.mapleviewfarm.com</a> and is the only milk we buy on the rare occasion when we buy cow's milk. good stuff if you like that sort of thing. great ice cream store!
 

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Here's the website for <a href="http://easterncarolinaorganics.com/" target="_blank">ECO</a>. They deliver local, organic produce mainly to small markets and restaurants. However, their minimum order is (IIR) only $100. So if you got a few friends together you could put together a coop. They do deliveries twice a week.<br><br>
H&H Farms is the CSA we have done. It's the only CSA I've been a part of but we were really happy with it. Here's a <a href="http://raleigh.craigslist.org/hss/133074731.html" target="_blank">link</a> to a Craigslist posting that has a document link to H&H's brochure.<br><br>
And here's a list of CSAs in the <a href="http://greenleaf.uncg.edu/community_supported_agriculture.html#CSA%20Farms%20in%20Your%20Area" target="_blank">piedmont region</a>
 

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Whoa that is a good price. I haven't made it over to the Teeter yet...but their site had me a bit excited at their organic line. I'll have to make a point to get there this week and check em out.<br><br>
Is Marcal a brand that is here in NC? We like to buy recycled paper products and those 7th Gen ones are just too pricey. But haven't seen Marcal here yet.<br><br>
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harris teeter carries marcal sometimes.
 

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They tell me Costco is a co-op and is nice to its employees <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and you can get organic milk, greens, some other basics for great prices there.
 

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Hi everyone,<br><br>
I'm from NJ-I've been here for over 12 years. My parents moved down here from NJ and they said the exact same thing about the Whole Foods. They were surprised because they thought everything would be cheaper here.<br><br>
I totally agree with Beanma about Earthfare. I find them very expensive compared to Weaver St. or Whole Foods. We just shop for sales and try not to buy a lot of packaged and prepared stuff. But still our monthly grocery bill is really too much. I've never done the Costco route-big places like that just overwhelm me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Maple View milk is the best! There are so many wonderful local farmers to support. We try to buy from them as much as possible. Their ice cream is really yummy too.
 

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Thanks Jen for the CSA listing...that was one I didn't have!<br><br>
Supervee...we had JUST started doing some shopping at Costco before we left NJ. They have some things that are organic and their prices are amazing. I think milk, some produce (not alot since the premise of Costco is fewer choices), yogurt, peanut butter, etc. A few other things. It's worth the trip every so often but the only one around here is in Durham, right? It's a hike really..unless dh stops after work.<br><br>
Hi Mommyoftwo (and anyone else I forgot to say hi to),<br>
I think I will go with the MapleView milk...though a half gallon dropped out of my car last week and that scares me (the glass). I like how it keeps the milk colder though.<br><br>
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I was part of this CSA last year, it's just north of pittsboro: <a href="http://www.ncagr.com/ncproducts/ShowSite.asp?ID=2178" target="_blank">http://www.ncagr.com/ncproducts/ShowSite.asp?ID=2178</a>, it's all organic, and they are expanding some this year, so they must be doing well. You get a nice mix of stuff here too.<br><br>
I'm not allowed to get the milk in the glass because my wife's sister almost died when they dropped some milk and she slipped on it, and cut her jugular vein on the glass. They have to rush her to the ER and get her fixed up. So no glass here. I also noticed that Full Circle has gallon milk now. I don't remember what store I saw it in, but it was a good price, $5 or $6 dollars for the gallon.<br><br>
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Whoa.....talk about your freak accident! How scary. I'd steer clear of glass too if that happened in my family. Yikes.<br><br>
Thanks for the CSA link, I'll email them this week. Are you not doing the CSA this year?<br>
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I just wanted to say hi, and not to be fooled by Earth Fare. They have lower prices than WF on a couple of items (Brocco Sprouts are $1 cheaper- $2.99 vs. $3.99) but their prices are waaaayyy higher on many more. I went through EF a few weeks ago and wrote down prices of things in our weekly rotation and then comapred at WF. I am not a comparison shopper or a coupon clipper, but felt I had to do this when I had previously left EF with 1/4 basket of food that cost me $84. I love WF and freely admit it, so I was biased against EF anyway, but after my little note-taking excursion, the only thing I'll be going back there for are the smoothies for ds (he's an addict). Plus, I still feel like I'm walking through A Southern Season when I'm in there. I feel like a grocery store should be lighter and brighter. At least they finally fixed the stupid deli display cases so it's not a constant fog on the inside of the glass.<br><br>
The annual farm tour is coming up in April. It's a really neat event. <a href="http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/index.html</a>
 
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