Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Organic Food Price Comparison and I Was Featured!

First I have some very exciting news: I was featured!  When you are a new TrulyLovelyblogger, every time anything happens it’s exciting.  So today my fabric Valentine’s Day Wreath was featured on Truly Lovely.   This is the first time I’ve been featured and I couldn’t be happier.  Thanks Kassi and Kayli!
To see the Valentine's Day Wreath tutorial that was featured,
 just click the picture!

Okay, enough about me, let’s talk about food!

You must know by now that I am in love with Trader Joe’s. If you missed my top 10 favorite Trader Joe items, you can see it here!
I do my best to buy the healthiest food for the least amount of dough. I compromise where I can. I try to buy the dirty dozen fruits and veggies organic but generally don’t buy other produce organic {unless it's on sale.}
Dirty Dozen Fruits and Veggies
bell peppers
kale/collard greens
grapes (imported)

It’s a good idea to buy these organic as they have the highest levels of pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, EWG.

I don’t always buy organic milk and cheese, but I do make sure all our dairy is rBST {hormone} free.  I try to shop organically as much as I can, while sticking to a budget….. and for the most part I feel very good about the foods I bring into our kitchen. 

Many people steer clear of organic food and/or “boutique grocery stores” because they are WAY too expensive. {You’ve heard the saying “whole paycheck” I’m sure.}
Well, recently a local mom-blogger friend did a price comparison of organic foods at
Safeway, Whole Foods and {of course} Trader Joe’s
She and her husband posted their results on their blog: The Baby Cuisine Cookbook. The results are shocking!  Well, at least to me they were.
They compared “O Organics” from Safeway, “365 Everyday Value” from Whole Foods, and the Trader Joe’s private label. 

It is unlikely I will be changing my shopping habits any time soon, but this was very educational none-the-less.
What do you think about their results?  Were you as shocked as I was?


  1. So glad you enjoyed the feature Celeste!!! We really love your wreath!! :) Thanks for sharing the love!

  2. Well we did our first shopping trip at Trader Joes yesterday, two bags worth. Tonight we will try the Mahi.

  3. Caughlin Ranch: In 2 months you'll be hooked! Let me know if you need any suggestions. Also, check out my I heart Trader Joe's tab on the top of my blog and/or my top 10 faves! http://mygreenbraecottage.blogspot.com/2010/11/top-10-favorite-trader-joes-items.html

  4. Were you surprised that Safeway was much more expensive? It's all about demand and expectations. I think most people that shop at TJ and WF want to buy organic and expect to see organic products. Safeway customers are more diverse and most people shopping there probably don't buy organic. That's a least what i think.

    And congrats on being featured! :)

  5. Mavis E. ButterfieldJanuary 11, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    I shop at Safeway for TP, beer and coffee when it's on sale. I pick up other things if I notice it on sale on their club-card savings and produce ONLY if I forgot something somewhere else. I buy certain staples at TJ's, but avoid their produce and frozen fish (research the fish source!!!). While people like to call WF "whole paycheck," I generally find what I'm looking for at a decent price. I work for the Good Earth and even with my discount, some things are still cheaper at WF. If you want awesome food at awesome prices, take a trip to Berkeley Bowl, now that's the cream of the crop in my opinion. . .


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