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Jan 11, 2010 6:06 AM by Jeannette Hynes

An organic shopping experience

The availability of organic food is growing. From small health food stores to local co-ops to supermarkets to organic produce shipped to your door.


For our purposes, we tried to keep it simple: a co-op in Pueblo, a mainstream grocery store (King Soopers), and two other chains that carry a lot of organic items (Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and Whole Foods). We made up a grocery list that would hit several areas (produce, boxed, dairy, meat, and health & beauty) and compared prices within the same week to make sure nothing went out of season on us.

All items in our grocery cart are listed as organic. Sale priced items are noted next to the price. In the case of the large bottle of olive oil, no one carried the 50.8 ounce bottle like Healthy Habits, just the 25.4 ounce bottle, so we priced the olive oil per ounce.

Also, we couldn't find four items on our grocery list at King Soopers - most notably, the eye cream and bar soap, practically the two most expensive items on the list. We substituted the organic olive oil with another organic olive oil brand, and substituted the bar soap with a comparable size & brand, and omitted the other two items (eye cream & avocado) from the total. For the record, King Soopers carries the Avalon brand, just not the product we were looking for at the time.

One more thing to note:  the co-op has a $100/year membership that we left out of our price comparisons.

Healthy Habits Whole Foods Organic Co-op (Pueblo)
1 pound of ground beef $5.68
Cascadian Farm box of granola $3.95
1 Avocado $1.37
1 pound of navel oranges $1.12
1 pound of cucumbers $1.98
1 pound of Roma tomatoes $1.43
1 pound of Russet Potatoes $0.39
8 ounces of Organic Valley pepper jack cheese $3.93
Avalon eye cream (1 ounce) $14.37
One with Nature bar of soap $2.68
Napa Valley olive oil (per ounce) $0.38
Annie Naturals Balsamic Vinaigrette (8 ounces) $2.49

TOTAL (12 items): $39.77

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
1 pound of ground beef $4.75
Cascadian Farm box of granola $4.79
1 Avocado $0.79 (sale item)
1 pound of navel oranges $0.99 (sale item)
1 pound of cucumbers $1.89
1 pound of Roma tomatoes $2.09
1 pound of Russet Potatoes $1.79
8 ounces of Organic Valley pepper jack cheese $4.75
Avalon eye cream (1 ounce) $19.95
One with Nature bar of soap $3.15
Napa Valley olive oil (per ounce) $0.48
Annie Naturals Balsamic Vinaigrette (8 ounces) $3.59

TOTAL (12 items): $49.01

Whole Foods
1 pound of ground beef $5.99
Cascadian Farm box of granola $4.69
1 Avocado $2.50
1 pound of navel oranges $1.49
1 pound of cucumbers $2.99
1 pound of Roma tomatoes $2.99
1 pound of Russet Potatoes $0.80
8 ounces of Organic Valley pepper jack cheese $5.99
Avalon eye cream (1 ounce) $21.99
One with Nature bar of soap $3.99
Napa Valley olive oil (per ounce) $0.55
Annie Naturals Balsamic Vinaigrette (8 ounces) $2.99

TOTAL (12 items): $56.96

King Soopers
1 pound of ground beef $5.99
Cascadian Farm box of granola $4.49
1 Avocado N/A
1 pound of navel oranges $1.41
1 pound of cucumbers $1.99
1 pound of Roma tomatoes $4.99
1 pound of Russet Potatoes $1.10
8 ounces of Organic Valley pepper jack cheese $6.39
Avalon eye cream (1 ounce) N/A
One with Nature bar of soap N/A
*substitute: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap $3.49
Napa Valley olive oil N/A
*substitute: Spectrum Naturals olive oil (per oz.) $0.59
Annie Naturals Balsamic Vinaigrette (8 ounces) $2.99

TOTAL (10 items): $33.43

Information for Healthy Habits Whole Foods organic food co-op in Pueblo:
218 N. Main Street
(719) 252-0547
(719) 251-6508
Healthyhabitswholefoods@q.com

 

 

 

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