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Opening Day!

Many local farmer’s markets will open this weekend! We walked to our local market yesterday and enjoyed the live music and booths full of wonderful products. Brave the rain and find some good food. While farmer’s market prices tend to be a bit more expensive than buying through a buying club or on the farm, … Continue reading

Good Price on Coconut Milk

Azure shipped only half of what I ordered this week. Their website does not reflect current stock so this can happen, though I’ve never had it happen to this extent. Anyway, as my boys can’t have dairy right now I needed to find another source of coconut milk. I called New Seasons and Native Forest … Continue reading

Stretch your Dollar: Baking Soda

There are plenty of articles on the many uses of baking soda but where is the best place to buy it? We can easily go through 10-15lb a month in our house, so finding the best price matters. If you are buying baking soda at Safeway, Fred Meyer or even from Azure Standard, you are … Continue reading

The Privileged Farmer

I was jotting a note to our Compassion child, Katerin, today, and sharing with her how much we enjoy gardening. Then the thought gave me pause. Enjoy¬†gardening? What a privilege! I know that while Katerin and her family may enjoy working their land to some degree, there is pressure for them to succeed that I … Continue reading

Super Deal on Dr Bronner’s (and other Whole Foods deals)

We don’t shop at Whole Foods frequently but I happened to be in the neighborhood today with a few minutes to spare. I’m very glad I went in. They have 32 oz bottles of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap on sale for 40% off for the next four days. I bought two of the peppermint, which … Continue reading

Storing Bulk Purchases

Buying in bulk will save you significant amounts of money on real food but figuring out what to do with a 25 lb bag of rice can be complicated. You want your food to stay fresh for as long as possible; you don’t save any money if half of your purchase spoils. I have found … Continue reading

Buy Local: Raw Honey

image credit A quick google search will give you lots of information on the health benefits of raw honey so there is no need to delve deeper there. What are good sources in our area? What is the most economical source? As with all quality food, cheaper isn’t always (usually) better, but even some less … Continue reading

Chinook Book!

I started this post with an exclamation because I really enjoy the Chinook Book. I have been buying or receiving one as a gift for the last five or six years and it has many valuable coupons for local merchants. It is full of coupons that make it well worth the $20 purchase price but¬†I … Continue reading


I’ve been a little uncertain as I think of where to go with this blog. I have so many local sources that I really love but a key to a sustainable local economy is diversity. We can’t all buy from the same local farm. So, for my own sake, I will restate my purpose in … Continue reading

What’s your preference?

I recently bought myself a 99% cacao dark chocolate bar. Yikes! I regularly eat 75-85% but this was too dark! How dark do you like your chocolate?