Shopping Local is Always Wise and Right!
I have wanted to join a food co-op for years now. Every year I have attended the Central Florida Veg Fest and the Central Florida Earth Day always stopping by the Homegrown Local Food Cooperative booth. The information is plentiful yet I wouldn’t sign up.
Now the bulk of my grocery shopping is done at WooSung Oriental Food Market in Orlando, FL and Whole Foods. There are a multitude of products for vegans that I am not able to get if I were to go to the typical grocery store. Like really great quality produce, made by companies that have been dedicated to great tasting local products as well. As much as I love Whole Foods, I wanted to be able to try my hand at eating mostly produce while also eating more local fare. So I made the decision to start supporting my local co-op.
I wasn’t sure what to expect since I hadn’t participated in a co-op before. I didn’t know what items would be available or what kind of treatment I would receive. Yet, for me, I wanted to support local farmers and food producers. So, off to the co-op we went.
Once inside the building, I explored every area choosing from a wonderful selection of green veggies, root veggies, herbs, spices, mushrooms, and more. I only spent a little over thirty dollars and yet I got plenty of items to use all week without worrying about whether or not would I run out before my next grocery shopping trip.
I ordered a medium size box of vegetables that are put together as a package deal for $30. In the box was radish, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, navel oranges, grapefruit, bell peppers and more. I also purchased a yellow onion and portabella mushrooms. What a great deal from the co-op.
If you are in Orlando, FL, make sure you take another look at or a new look at The Homegrown Local Food Cooperative. you will not be sorry.