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Well...yesterday I made the 1 hour 20 min trek to Whole Foods. What a pain with 6mo twins... My 3YO stayed home with dh. I didn't buy any refrigerated or frozen goods because I didn't think to bring my cooler. We are going to Northern Virginia in a few weeks (4 hours) for the weekend and they have a Trader Joes. So I could stock up. Dried goods are easy...<br><br>
So if you have to travel to a Whole Foods, Trader Joes, etc., how do you get prepared for your frozen or refrigerated items? We have NO health food store at all here. Closest one is the Whole Foods mentioned above. Very frustrating. There is a co-op, but I haven't joined because there is a chance it's going to dissipate this month when the leader has a baby and can't go pick up the stuff.<br><br>
Anyway, looking for ideas... I'm trying so hard to feed my fam organic, but this is presenting a problem... Mostly, I care about produce, meat and dairy, I don't care so much if we eat organic spaghetti sauce...but the problem is...the 3 things I care about most are the ones that are hardest to get, transport, store, etc.<br><br>
WAH. HELP! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. And as you probably have ascertained, I'm a little limited in my travels with a 3YO and 6mo twins, LOL.<br><br>
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I make the drive 30 minutes each way to PCC which has the best organic selection. There is a fair organic selection at the health food store 15 minutes away. I dread the 1-hour round-trip travel on the freeway with 2 kids. I am so sleep-deprived driving long distances is very stressful.
 

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I treked 45 minutes in the rain with my 2 year old on Friday from Southwestern IL to St. Louis to shop at the Whole Foods there. It's the closest place to get organic near here. Not only is it far away, but it's expensive too!<br><br>
We just moved here from California and I sure do miss my Saturday trips to the Davis Farmers' Market and the Davis Co-op. Only 15 minutes away and very reasonable prices for fresh, local, organic produce. Sigh....<br><br>
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Have you checked with your regular grocery stores. Some of them probably carry organic foods -- at least some. I'm in Tacoma, Washington, so I'm not familiar with the stores in your area at all, but there are several around here that have good natural/organic foods sections, and it's getting better all the time. Have you checked whether there is a CSA (community supported agriculture) or organic produce delivery service available in your area? I have a box of organic produce delivered each week and I can get organic dairy and tofu and chicken at my local grocery store so even when I can't get to Trader Joe's (about a half hour from my house, which doesn't seem so far after reading your post) then I know I have healthy basics around. I also order a few times a year from Azure Standard, so I can stock up on other organic staples (flour, beans, rice, canned goods, etc.). Azure delivers in the Western United States, but there might be a similar service in your area.<br><br>
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I have to travel half an hour to get to a very small (3 short aisles) natural food store. The closest natural food store of any size is about an hour and twenty minutes away. I usually remember to put a cooler in the trunk, but when I forget I just put the frozen/refrigerated foods in the trunk and it does okay until I get home. The supermarket here in town carries a few organic items, but certainly not everything I need!<br><br>
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I also mail-order from Diamond Organics, Sun Organic Farm, Gold Mine Natural Food Co., and Natural Lifestyle, and the food comes right to my door. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T<br>
Azure Standard also ships ( I think UPS) along with doing<br>
delivery on their routes.
 
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