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  •  So did I (1+ / 0-)
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    until people insisted on what they wanted.

    Best Wishes, Demena Left/Right: -8.38; Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36

    by Demena on Mon May 25, 2009 at 04:41:17 PM PDT

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    •  There is some organic available (1+ / 0-)
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      in the big stores here, and if it doesn't move, they will not carry more even if a few people ask. There has to be enough volume for them. So it's important that people buy it regularly, but unfortunately what's happening is weak organic brands like Horizon and O are edging out the better brands, and still it's all corporate, and still they will not take on small suppliers directly because of how they are organized.

      There are three grocery stores in my town; the smallest is a four store regional chain called Thriftway. They routinely have cheaper produce and it is all labeled with country of origin now, so I can see it's not because it's all from Mexico, either. I expect they are picking up the smaller, more local suppliers whom Albertson's and Walmart eschew. They are probably the best bet for picking up local organic lines and I wonder if they know that.

      There is a farmer's market that I hear is very popular; they have some organic, with hefty prices I'm told, and they routinely sell out by about 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays and I never make it down there by then. They start next month and only go through the season, though.

      There's a health food store that's been around forever and expanded a bit, but they are still far from full line and I don't think they have any produce or fresh meat, just a little frozen.

      So the options are limited here. You can demand all you want but if you do not follow up with your shopping patterns, including spending more for things at times, nothing will change. I've been on the other side of this; I worked at and even ran a small organic/health food grocery for several years, and people were always coming in and asking for things and then we wouldn't see them again for ages. We were lucky if they'd come in to pick up things they'd special ordered. And that was in Los Angeles.

      "Anybody who's made bread knows what happens when yeast sits in its own juices for too long. It dies." - Anonymous Bosch

      by mieprowan on Mon May 25, 2009 at 05:07:52 PM PDT

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