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Organic/Natural Grocery Haul #1

Organic/Natural Grocery Haul

Call me nosy, but I love seeing what food other people buy. It inspires me and gives me ideas about what to buy myself.

Today I’m sharing all of the groceries that we bought for a week’s worth of meals for our family of 4. We tend to do all of our grocery shopping on Saturday. That way Reuben and I can both go into town and we each get one child to mind. We both can’t stand it when our kids are crazy in stores, so it really helps if we can divide and conquer.

Sometimes we have to make a grocery stop partway through the week (the life of a food blogger!), but we get the bulk of our shopping done in one day.

On to the haul!

Organic/Natural Grocery Haul


The coconut and organic bananas were from Walmart, and the organic pears were from the HFS (health food store).


The carrots, lettuce, and peppers were from the farmers market, and the broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, tomato, frozen peas, arugula, and Yukon gold potatoes were from the HFS. Everything from the HFS was organic except for the Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes. For some reason I assumed the fingerling potatoes were organic…perhaps because I was so excited to find some. They’re so pretty when roasted. The Yukon gold potatoes were from a local farmer.


The Rumiano sharp cheddar, Organic Valley Grassmilk, Siggi’s, Greek Gods, and Noosa yogurt, heavy cream, eggnog, and Colby cheese were from the HFS. The GV plain Greek yogurt, Parmigiano Reggiano (made in Italy), Kildery cheese, and Kerrygold butter were from Walmart. All of the yogurt except for the Grassmilk was for Reuben’s lunches – he’s a yogurt addict! And of course he was the one who got the eggnog.

I wish I could find some organic/grass-fed Parmesan cheese, but I haven’t seen it in our town!

P.S. – If you’d like a review of Kerrygold and 4 other grass-fed butters, check out my post HERE!


I needed some spices for a recipe I was testing: vanilla beans, cinnamon, black tea, and cardamom, all organic except the vanilla. I also bought a box of organic Chai tea.


I was planning on making totchos with a bag of organic tater tots that we had in our freezer, and Reuben insisted on buying an extra bag because he said that we never have enough of them. I purchased a bottle of beer from a local alcohol store to use in a recipe I’m testing. It turned out to be very bitter and ruined what I was making. Bleh. Reuben also got a box of Cascadian Farms dark chocolate granola. The tots and granola were purchased from the HFS.


I purchased some chicken backs, chicken breasts, a beef roast, and some lard from the farmers market. We got the eggs and sausages from the local health food store.

So that’s all the food we bought for the week! We did end up purchasing a quarter of a cow the same day, which we split with my sister. And I had to stop and buy more spices on Tuesday because I stupidly didn’t get enough.

Let me know if you would be interested in seeing the meals that I make from a grocery haul. And if you’d like to know how much we spent. I know that money can be a sensitive issue, so I wasn’t sure if I should include the prices or not. Let me know what you think!

And if you’d like to see what I eat in a day, check out my What I Ate Wednesday posts!


(Mostly) Organic/Natural Grocery Haul #2 - Buttered Side Up

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

[…] guys loved my last organic/natural grocery haul, so I figured I’d better keep it up! This week I’m also going to be showing you some of […]

Elizabeth Higgins

Monday 20th of November 2017

This is the ultimate organic haul, Erica! I especially love yogurt and would like to try different brands, do you have any recommendations? Since most farmer's markets don't provide receipts for your orders, taking photos and notes of every cent spent is a nice idea. Kudos! I am also very interested in the meals you make out of these stuff you bought. Keep up the good work! And I hope you find the grass-fed Parmesan cheese you've been looking for.

Erica Kastner

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth! :)

I would recommend the Organic Valley Grassmilk yogurt, or the Kalona Supernatural yogurt, both in the whole milk version. I also really like Siggis and Wallaby.

I'll have to check Wholefoods next time we go for grass-fed parm...


Friday 3rd of November 2017

I love these kinds of posts and if the prices are included it's even better! Just subscribed to your emails solely because you might do more of these. Budget Bytes used to do them and I miss them a lot!

Erica Kastner

Friday 3rd of November 2017

Aw, thank you so much for subscribing! I'm definitely planning on doing more of these. I kind of feel that once a week would be too often...perhaps once or twice a month? I've been super busy with behind-the-scenes blogging stuff lately, but I hope to share another grocery haul when I can!


Sunday 29th of October 2017

Please post your recipe for totchos. :)

Erica Kastner

Monday 30th of October 2017

I'll have to do that sometime! They are sooooooo good. :D


Sunday 29th of October 2017

I'd love to see a post sometime on healthy eating on a budget. Id like to go organic but I have to pick and choose because it's so expensive! Love your blog!

Erica Kastner

Monday 30th of October 2017

That would be a fun one to write! I'd also like to do a comparison of all organic vs all conventional to see how much more you have to spend per week/month/year if you choose to go organic.