February Grocery Trip

My mom and I went grocery shopping yesterday. We go once a month to the Norman area to shop as our options in our small town are quite limited. We skipped our trip last month so this one was quite large and we decide to also go to Oklahoma City so we could go to Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Native Roots Market (a locally owned natural food store).

First we stopped at a local coffee shop in town because I don’t do mornings well but coffee helps and I hadn’t had time to make some to take with me. Once we got to Norman, we tried to drop off our glass recycling, which we sadly don’t have in our town, and the bin was gone. We then went to eat lunch at our favorite restaurant Pink Elephant Cafe & Tres Cantina. After lunch we found a different recycling drop off and recycled our glass. After that we went to Homeland, a local chain of grocery stores. That stop is always interesting, they have some organic food but we mostly buy just things that are on sale and things like vinegar, below is a picture of our shopping cart at the store, my stuff is in the bottom of the cart and my mom’s stuff is in the top.

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After Homeland we headed over to a locally owned natural food store, Dodson’s. That stop was interesting, we had just turned on the a/c in the car as the sun had come out and had made it nice and warm. I even commented on how I should have worn a lighter sweater. Well, in true Oklahoma fashion when we came out of the store a storm was blowing in and it was very windy, and chilly. We had to turn on the heater, ha.

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After that we headed up to Oklahoma City. We went to Native Roots Market, another locally owned store. That’s where I try to buy most of our meat as they have a lot of locally raised meat. They also have some great local cheeses and a deli where you can get sliced meats. This was a very interesting stop. A customer and one of the employees were talking about bison when we walked in. I went over to get some of the bison and the customer said “is that good?” I said “yes it is, it’s basically the only red meat my family eats.” And that led to a conversation about the fact that bison is very lean, full of good omega fatty acids, and that when you cook it you have to add fat to it because it has so little and will get dry. That then lead to two employees and I talking about an Asian market, the local co-op and a few other food related things.

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That’s one thing I love about locally owned stores, that kind of stuff doesn’t happen at big box stores. I also am Facebook friends with the owner and have gotten to know several of the people that work there, it’s nice to have friendly faces when going shopping. After that stop we headed up to Sprouts to pick up a few items that were on sale and then over to Whole Foods.

We were quite proud of ourselves after getting out of Whole Foods because we had gotten everything done by 5:00, which was really good for us with that many stops. And then as we headed back down to Norman we saw the traffic and remembered, this wasn’t our small town, they have rush hour traffic. So it took quite awhile to get out of Oklahoma City but we still didn’t make horrible time, considering.

I don’t know if it’s just me (and my mom) that enjoy watching grocery hauls on YouTube but I thought in case some of you are also um… curious, I would share what I got. I may someday film this part but I dunno, I’m pretty tired when I get home from shopping so don’t hold your breath.

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Homeland-

  • Spray bottle
  • 2 bottles of white vinegar
  • organic kiwis
  • salt (for making dish detergent)
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • and a Valentine’s Day gift but not going to say what in case my husband sees this. :)

Dodson’s-

  • 2 organic ricotta
  • local eggs
  • 2 organic flour
  • 3 organic veggie and fruit juice
  • organic aloe vera juice
  • organic bread
  • organic chicken broth
  • organic beef broth
  • organic ranch dressing
  • organic breakfast sausage
  • organic chicken strips
  • organic un-refined coconut oil
  • 3 organic green beans
  • organic romaine lettuce
  • organic spelt tortillas
  • organic dark brown sugar
  • organic white chocolate bar
  • organic dark chocolate bar
  • organic semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • organic pasture butter
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • organic parmesan cheese
  • peppermints
  • 5 organic mozzarella
  • 2 organic cream cheese
  • natural chocolate candies
  • organic dried parsley
  • organic garlic powder

Native Roots Market

  • organic broccoli
  • local pasture chicken
  • organic, local grass-fed fillet
  • Fried mozzarella sticks
  • 3 local grass-fed bison
  • local, organic tortilla chips
  • 2 local colby cheese
  • 2 local white cheddar cheese
  • un-cured sliced peppered salami
  • Keep It Local discount card, it’s a card that gives discounts at locally owned stores

Sprouts

  • 2 organic bread
  • organic frozen berry blend
  • yeast
  • 2 organic mac and cheese
  • organic tangelo
  • organic pink lady apples
  • organic yellow onions
  • and some more Valentine’s Day gifts

Whole Foods

  • organic cappellini pasta
  • 2 organic lasagna noodles
  • organic orzo
  • organic sugar
  • organic mac and cheese
  • 5 baking soda
  • 2 organic corn tortillas
  • 2 organic bbq chips
  • organic salsa
  • organic pizzas (needed a quick dinner for that night)
  • organic sliced ham
  • uncured pepperoni
  • 3 organic pepperjack
  • grated parmesan
  • shredded three cheese blend
  • organic red pepper
  • small thing of grapes (there were no organic ones but I’ve been craving grapes for months so I got a tiny thing of pre-washed ones to eat on the way home)
  • organic bananas
  • organic yukon gold potatoes
  • organic strawberries
  • organic pre-cut pineapple (just a single serving, not terribly environmental but only wanted a little bit)
  • organic t-shirt
  • some more Valentine’s Day gifts

Be sure to check out my mom’s grocery haul from the trip and if you have any posts or videos with your grocery hauls, let me know.

Past shopping trips- 
How Many Groceries Can You Fit in a Prius? 
Day in the Life: Grocery Shopping

Comments

    • says

      Yeah, it’s a long day but it’s nice to spend it with my mom and we enjoy the places we go. Sometimes we even stop for a cupcake at this cute little organic bakery. :)

  1. says

    i havn’t yet seen how much it is you spend on your trips. i just wonder because i have a husband and five kids. shopping organic isn’t really a huge option for us with such a tight budget. We have a huge garden which really helps with our budget during the summer but because we get so much snow here in the mountains growing a garden isn’t really an option. I try to purchase as much organic food as possible but with a tight 400 budget for 7 people it’s rather hard.

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