it’s a freakin’ project, and I need a project manager

Greg and I have been discussing changing our grocery shopping habits. We’d like to try buying more local foods, and we’d like to eat a bit more organic, especially when it comes to produce.

I’ve spent too many hours over the last few days trying to figure out the best options, keeping in mind the above two goals, and also weighing the financial impact and the time impact (i.e. I don’t want to shop at four different places). It seriously should not be this hard.

The first version of the plan is to start buying produce and a few other items from spud! and start buying our meat from Glenwood Meats. These two places don’t fully meet the local and organic requirements, but it’s a start. The beauty of spud! is that I don’t have to leave the house. And we’ll try to go to Glenwood Meats once a month, when we do our Costco trip to counteract our positive impact buy disposable diapers for two kids. The remainder of our groceries will likely come from Fairway, because Greg works above one. Since we currently drive to Thrifty’s at least once a week, hopefully this grand plan will reduce our gas usage.

I just don’t know if it’s worth the time I’ve been spending menu planning, ordering food, writing grocery lists and scheduling our grocery shopping. If you’re going to go organic, shouldn’t you go entirely organic? Or does eating somewhat organically help? Ditto for local food. I suppose it does, but I still struggle with figuring out what the right thing to do is — ethically, environmentally, financially, practically, and from a health perspective.

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