Food Haul 5.9.13

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So here’s what we bought at Casa de Real Food this week.

Went to Pure Pastures, bought a bunch of stuff and didn’t take a picture!  We bought Calder Dairy black cherry ice cream for the hubby, beef pasties, eggs, like 4 pounds of boneless chicken breast, and three pounds of grass-fed ground beef.  We spent $56, but $30 of that was covered by the Living Social coupon we bought a month or so ago.

Door to Door Organics this week was fairly normal.Except for the fact that I accidentally purchased too much hummus.  If there is such a thing as too much hummus.

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Local toddler looked through every single item in the freebie bin at Door to Door Organics.  After great consideration, he selected a watermelon.

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My belly is so happy to have strawberries on a regular basis right now.  Some sugar snap peas are buried in that pile too.  I love spring and summer!

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Calder Dairy milk for local toddler, and eggs because I seriously can’t get enough eggs.  I’ve been eating them scrambled with some Garden Fresh salsa and some avocado.  Seriously amazing.  Some Mama Mo hummus and a Zingermans brownie for local hubby.  I’m trying the Larabar for the first time.  My friend Jennifer from Wine to Weightlifting is obsessed with Larabars, and this one was on sale so I’m giving it a try.

Food costs from Door to Door was $58 this week, so added to Pure Pastures we spent $114 for the week.

What did you buy this week?  Try anything new?  Discover anything local?  Farmers Market season is quickly approaching, once the Michigan grow season ramps up, we will lower our Door to Door Organics box down to a bitty size (we are currently getting a medium) and be shopping Farmers markets!  I do a lot of canning and preserving, so it should be interesting to watch our food hauls and costs over the summer.

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Pure Pastures (Natural Local Food Express)

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You will see me refer to Pure Pastures as Natural Local Food Express and vice versa.  The current company name is Natural Local Food Express, but is being changed to Pure Pastures.

Pure Pastures is a natural and organic grocery store.  But, it isn’t a grocery store.  I find it hard to explain what the store is.  To me, the term “grocery store” makes me think of the mega supermarkets.  This is a small store packed to the brim with good, wholesome, local food.

There are two locations for Pure Pastures.  The flagship store is in Plymouth on 1192 Ann Arbor Road.  It’s a little hard to see exactly where the store is, so I took some pictures of the landmarks.

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Front of the building, as seen from Ann Arbor Road

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This sweet mailbox is the driveway for Pure Pastures off of Ann Arbor Road

The second location for Pure Pastures is at 6870 N. Telegraph in Dearborn Heights.  The location is just south of Warren, next to the Red Lobster restaurant.

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There is a sign on Telegraph that says “Pure Pastures” that I forgot to snap a picture of.

I use Pure Pastures for the bulk of my meat purchases, eggs, some dairy, and many other local items.  I’m currently in the process of buying a quarter cow via Pure Pastures.  I will be sure to update once that process is completed!

They carry beef, bison, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, ostrich, elk and venison

They have a large gluten-free selection

I asked my husband for a few sound bites since he’s a “tell it like it is” sort of guy.  He says that Garry (Plymouth) and Su (Dearborn Heights) are very helpful and have your best interests at heart.  There is never any pressure to buy, and it is a very comfortable atmosphere.  They have a large selection of many different items.  They can tell you where your food came from.  Garry has a big Michigan map at the Plymouth store, and can point to where your items are from.

Here are some photos of my recent purchases at Pure Pastures

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Pure Pastures can also be found at the Canton Farmers Market and the Dearborn Farmers Market during the summer

Some shopping tips:

  • Because the store is packed with good food, it can sometimes be a little difficult to find a specific item.
  • Always ask for help if you can’t find something!
  • Sometimes things are hidden in a freezer or haven’t been brought out to the front yet.
  • The aisles are small at the Plymouth store, I don’t recommend bringing a gigantic stroller inside.
  • They are open to suggestions and special orders, don’t be shy!
  • Call ahead if you have a particular need.  Local food doesn’t come in as regularly as factory food at a supermarket.  They won’t always have every item, and that is part of the beauty of buying local

Here is the contact information for the stores:

1192 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth (734) 927-6951

6870 N. Telegraph, Dearborn Heights (313) 277-4066

http://naturallocalfoods.com

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Happy shopping!

Food Haul 3.28.13

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I don’t think I really ever realized how much food we use in a week until I started posting these food hauls.  It’s very interesting to take a look and see what we use in a week.  This weeks Door to Door Organics boxes were big again.  As you can see in the picture above, there is the usual suspects as far as produce, along with some dandelion greens and baby beets.  My husband ordered some Easter treats from Zingermans; a brownie and some fudge eggs.

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The second box from Door to Door had milk from Calder Dairy, cheese, boneless skinless chicken breasts, some breakfast sausage from Graham’s Organics, and Avalon 313 whole wheat bread.  One loaf is for my mom, she babysits for me so I bake and get things in my boxes for her.

We went to Pure Pastures (Natural Local Food Express) this week too.  Talked to Garry a little bit and found out that he will be at both the Canton Farmers Market and the Dearborn Farmers Markets this season.  He also let me know my quarter cow should be ready in a week or two.

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Picked up some necessities from Pure Pastures; free range eggs, garlic powder, chocolate milk from Calder Dairy, free range boneless skinless chicken breasts, and dark chocolate almonds.  The almonds are my treat, they are so delicious.  I only need two or three to satisfy a craving.

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A few random items from a local bakery.  They sell bread crumbs for 50 cents a bag and I keep them in my freezer.  I bought the bacon cheese for my husband, and made him a grilled cheese sandwich.  I think I’m wife of the year right now.

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This last photo is probably the most random of all our food this week.  My husband is a mechanic, and is always checking out cars for people.  This person needed him to take a quick look at something.  He works in produce and stopped by later that day and handed us a bag with these goodies.  The bananas are already cut and frozen waiting to be made into Green Monsters!

Food prices this week?  I think we are around $115.  It’s a little higher than I would like right now, considering we have a huge beef purchase coming up.  But, we purchased almost five pounds of chicken breasts.  I’m making chicken nuggets for the freezer.  Recipe coming as soon as I finish testing it!

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