Posts filed under ‘Grocery Store/Coop’

New City Market

I have often talked about my favorite little grocery store in Des Moines…New City Market. I finally got around to taking some photos of it for you all to see! Isn’t it adorable? My favorite section is (of course) the bulk bins. I love to shop at New City for several reasons:

  • It’s local and they support local farmers.
  • The staff members are helpful and kind.
  • They remember who we are.
  • There are only 4 aisles.
  • They care about the same “issues” that I care about (i.e. organic, non-GMO, etc.)
  • I don’t have to stand behind the guy buying a big slab of factory farm beef, Cheetos, Fruit Loops, and white bread.
  • They don’t look at me like I have 2 heads when I hand them my cloth bags.

I will go out of my way to shop at New City…just to make sure I am supporting a small, local business. Yes, it may cost a little more sometimes, but it’s worth it! I love you New City!

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November 14, 2006 at 8:18 am 7 comments

New Oriental Food Store


I love ethnic food…but I had never been to an Asian grocery store. Until TODAY! Oh my goodness. I went to the East Village, where there is a nice little grocery called The New Oriental Food Store. I wanted to buy it all. I was trying hard not to hyperventilate when I found the green and red curry in a can. Heat and serve! Now…I know that goes against my good ‘ol home cookin’ philosophy. But…it’s green curry in a can! I am trying not to get too excited because Denise told me that it’s going to burn my mouth off. I’ll have to report back on that. I had to get it…it was only $1.79. Much less than the $10.00 I pay to eat it at my favorite Thai restaurant.

I also found coconut milk for 89 cents a can ($1.00 cheaper than my grocer), green curry paste for $1.89 for a large tub, organic soba noodles for $2.59 ($1.00 cheaper) and 2 cucumbers for 89 cents. There were sauces galore…including my favorite sweet thai chili sauce.

The store was large, bright, and well-marked. In the back they had freezers and coolers of lots of food that I can’t pronounce. In the middle they had TONS of fresh produce. Chilis, bananas, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, lemongrass…and more. Even though it’s not certified organic, any time I talk to the Asian vendors at the Farmer’s Market, they assure me that they have not used any chemicals on them.

I will defnitely be back.

October 17, 2006 at 9:43 pm 6 comments

Buying food

Every Tuesday is like Christmas morning. Tuesday evenings we drive down to pick up our CSA box. What the heck is a CSA? Check out this link and find your own while you’re at it. We paid a lump sum of money to Jill and Sean at Blue Gate Farm to buy a farm share, and they give us yummy organic goodness each week to eat. The photo above is this week’s take (minus the fruit in the bowls). There is NOTHING like food that was just harvested. If you’ve never experienced “just picked” green beans, you’re so missing out.

I also shop at New City Market, a small (and I mean SMALL) market just a mile from my house. I love it there. They know me. They talk to me. The listen to me. And they care about the issues. This week, I was shopping and noticed that they were putting out a new brand of tofu to replace the White Wave tofu. I told them that I was happy they were doing that because White Wave is owned by a big nasty corporation and I would rather support small farmers/producers. They “get it”.

I LOVE grocery shopping. I try really hard to buy everything on my list at New City, but I ended up going to Hy-Vee to get a few extra things. Of course, whenever I go to Hy-Vee, I remember why I love New City so much. Here is a little comparison:

New City
*Cute and quaint
*Great relaxing music playing
*Friendly and knowledgeable staff
*Awesome bulk section

Hy-Vee
*Huge, bright, and loud
*I don’t remember if there was music, I was too busy being annoyed by the huge bright loudness.
*My checker had lost her voice, and sounded like something out of Nightmare on Elm Street. I couldn’t make out a word she said.
*I feel like the only one there who knows that white bread is bad for you.

New City just has “my kind of people”…and Hy-Vee does not (most of the time). I have a really bad habit of looking down the checkout aisles as I leave and thinking to myself….”oh my goodness, they aren’t really going to EAT THAT are they?!” I feel a deep need to grab them and tell them about genetically modified food, partially hydrogenated oils, dangers of pesticides….ack!! So in order to prevent myself from judging others…I should just stay at New City.

The Farmer’s Market is possibly my favorite activity of the summer months. I don’t buy a lot of food there (especially now that we have the CSA share)…but I just love going and talking to the growers and finding out who is truly not using chemicals, etc. I have a new favorite…Blue Gate has a booth there and they have this AMAZING herbed lemonaide. I am craving it right now. I usually buy some cucumbers, tomatoes, and flowers. Other than that, it’s mostly just people (and dog) watching and music listening.

If I can’t find something organic, I buy local, if I can’t buy local, I buy the closest to home that I can. Why? There is a great blog about a couple who only bought food that was produced within a 100 mile radius of their home. Check it out. I’m certainly not perfect in this area, but I’m working at it.

Just be MINDFUL and deliberate about your food purchases. That’s what matters. Check out my other blog for more thoughts on buying local.

July 20, 2006 at 7:24 am 1 comment







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