Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Nutmeg and me went to Costco and ate all the free samples

Every time I go to Costco, I'm delighted by the new organic, healthy stuff I'm finding there. This time, I scored a 3-pack of organic tofu, a 3-pack of organic spaghetti sauce, a 6-pack of organic soup, a huge bag of organic brocolli florets, organic chicken broth, organic "spreadable fruit" jam, and two gallons of organic juice. No organic frozen spinach, though, which I was totally looking for now that I can't get my iron on from fresh spinach. In recent past visits I loaded up on organic oatmeal. Of course, not everything is a winner. I want to bring back the huge cannister of organic powdered lemonade I bought, because it tastes like chemicals, but I can't find the receipt. And the organic peanut butter they had seemed too good to be true -- you don't have to stir it up like most natural peanut butters. Turns out this is because they add palm oil to it, which I think is not so good for the arteries, so I skipped that this time. And I am still searching in vain for the Annies Natural organic burritos I bought there a couple times back in SF, but no dice.

I think it's kind of funny that some organics consumers are now criticizing large agricultural operations for getting into organics. For years, I heard that if you don't like the high price of organic food, you should just keep buying it, and when demand increased, operational efficiency would increase and prices would go down. Well, that happened, and I'm happily surprised. But some people -- including my husband -- are all like, no way, buying organic veggies from a corproation is just not crunchy granola enough. It's not fighting the man!

Well, I'm not really interested in biting the man that feeds me organic produce, heh heh. There have been some accusations that larger companies are violating the spirit or even the letter of organics regulations, and I hope that those investigating that stuff stay on it. I'm sure regulations need to be tightened in some cases. I'd love to see stricter rules on how farmers can treat livestock, for example. But am I going to only buy my food from tiny, local farms, even if it costs 5 times as much? Maybe after I win the lottery. Until then, viva la Costco.


Bert said...

Amen, Sister! I love CostCo. Though, at the CostCo in San Francisco, B2 saw a guy with one of those sample-employee hairnets on in the bathroom. The guy didn't wash his hands and went right back to his station. We followed him to make sure we didn't eat at that one. Bleh! I'm sure people in Chicago are much more hygiene conscious than that, though! And besides, I still eat samples at CostCo and anywhere else I can get them.

Ian Varley said...

I've been hearing a lot of people lately say that, actually, eating local is more important than eating organic, because the further food travels to get to you, the more wasteful it is.

That's why now I only eat the grass from my back yard.

Carrie said...

Yeah, I've heard that theory. But I've also heard the economic theory that if you don't interfere, the people who make something most efficiently will corner the market and we'll all be better off. Anyway, while I might try to avoid the worst excesses of cruelty in my eating -- by avoiding veal or buying free-range eggs where available -- I just don't feel like I want to pour the necessary resources into eating politically. I just want to avoid poisoning my offspring.

Notta Wallflower said...

I'm not nearly as careful as you guys are about what goes into my body, but I did like their Organic Green Beans.

Anonymous said...

FYI - TJ's has organic frozen whole leaf spinach and Costco has other Organic Vegetarian Burritos - Cedarlane or somesuch. They aren't as good as Amy's, but quite decent.