“Whole Foods = Whole Paycheck”
We’ve heard it said a million times. I’m not bashing Whole Foods; I am a true Whole Foods enthusiast through and through. To the point where most of the employees at our local WF know us by name, leaving my husband and I often finishing our shopping trip laughing and wondering if anyone else gets most of their social interaction with their local WF Market employees. Either way, we love it there… but let’s be real, often times our wallet does not! How can we shop organically on a budget? Nourishing our bodies with the food we were made to eat, shouldn't leave us questioning our receipt total. Providing our bodies and minds with colorful fruits and veggies sans chemicals shouldn't be a question.
Let me tell you about my secret weapon… local organic Co-Ops!
What is a Co-Op?
A food Co-Op is a food cooperative / food co-op is a food distribution store or outlet that is organized as a cooperative. Co-Ops are typically owned by the local community, and always focus on saving money on healthy foods by working together. Where we live we are fortunate enough to have a Co-op that sponsors its members for FREE! I’ve seen this in many other states too. When I am going to be traveling, I look for the local Co-Op to do my shopping in. Shopping in a Co Op supports local businesses and farmers. Co Ops are non profit, and the best part is that your dollars spent STAY in YOUR community.
How to Shop?
There are often two ways to shop at a Co Op; go in store and get what is on your list or sign up for basket subscriptions. Baskets are my favorite! You don’t know what you’re getting until you arrive, but it has opened my eyes (and tastebuds) to many foods I would have never tried before! Baskets range from $19-60 per week across the nation, depending on the size you’re in need of.
Can you believe I spent UNDER $30 on the food in each of these photos!?
Visit my friends over at the Utah Co-op or check out the resources below to find a healthy co op community near you: