If you know me or have read this blog for any length of time, you know I have a thing about eating locally produced food and organic gardening.
At this time of year I'm finding it a struggle to find locally produced food and I'm not gardening at all!
And I'm cheap. You probably all remember that.
So I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't always eat organic vegetables. I do the best I can with the money I have. I try my best and sometimes it's organic, sometimes not. Sometimes the cost difference is minimal and sometimes it is not.
One thing that I'm a pretty big stickler on is organic dairy products. Hormones in our milk are probably my number one concern food-wise. Especially for my 4 year old. I'm not backing down on this one. I'll forgo something else on my list so that we can have quality milk and yogurt. I will pay $6.29 a gallon for milk. (which is the Wegman's organic which is actually quite good, much better than the $8 gallon Horizon that I think is WAY over pasteurized tasting)
Last summer we went to The Pittsford Farms Dairy. They have awesome quality delicious local organic milk. Since my husband drives by on the way home from work it is an easy stop. However, for some reason, we've been lax about it and have been relying on Wegman's. I've also been operating under the assumption it is the most expensive milk we can get. Well I called this week and much to my surprise, they charge $4.75 A GALLON (heck, that is only $2.10 more than normal milk! The first time you need to pay a one time $1 deposit for the glass bottle) and $1.65 for organic 1/2 & 1/2 (as opposed to $3 at Wegman's) .
Sometimes you have to sacrifice price or quality or locale based on your circumstances. I get that and I live that. I'm always making value decisions based on what I feel is best for my family, sometimes that best is determined by price and sometimes by quality. I really scored a home run on this milk thing though!
If you live around me and have not tried the Pittsford Farms dairy I urge you to. If nothing else, it's a great education on local eating. If you don't live near me, investigate additional places to get your food than what you are used to, you just may be surprised!