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Full Circle Farms vs. PCC

We recently signed up for produce delivery from Full Circle Farms, a provider of organic produce. Last week we received our first box. As promised, it was on our porch before 6AM on Thursday morning.

The “standard” size box costs $37 delivered. I could have opted to pick it up from a nearby location on Wednesday afternoons and save $3, but I never know where I’m going to be from 4 to 9 on a Wednesday and it is more convenient for me to have it delivered. Since it’s just two of us, I am having the produce delivered every other week, so we’re talking $74 a month on average.

After seeing what we got for $37, I was curious to see what it would cost to buy comparable produce at my local PCC market. Here are the results:

As you can see, I could have purchased the same produce for about $8 less if I had made the 5 mile round trip to the store. I was a bit surprised that it was only $8 difference, but organic produce is expensive. One question for me is whether having it delivered is worth the extra money. From a convenience standpoint, this question becomes pertinent if I have no time to shop for food.  As it turns out, even with a one-month computer consulting gig that I am starting tomorrow, PCC is on the way home, so shopping at the store is not inconvenient, at least for me, but it is nowhere near Merrilyn’s commute route.

Another factor is whether we can consume the amount of produce delivered in enough time before it starts to spoil. That remains to be seen, as this has been a very busy week, we have had the produce for a week, and still have 2/3 of the box to get through.

And finally, there is the issue of the produce itself. For example, how is the Circle Farms chard compared to what I could get at PCC? The Fuji apples in the box were small compared to what I would normally buy. Same with the avocado and other fruits. Of course, taste is a factor. The verdict is out until we get through all the produce. I am cooking up a broccoli beef stir fry for dinner this evening, so I’ll be using up the broccoli and maybe the Romano beans. I’ll write a followup post. Until then, Bon Appetit!

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I Love PCC!

Yes, I am rather fond of our local natural food chain, Puget Consumer Co-Op. I believe they are the best in the country. I went there for lunch the other day after my workout. They always have a nice variety in their soup bar. The one in Kirkland is the second store they opened and is one of my faves. I wrote about this elsewhere, but there are certain places that just enhance my mood. Just look at the magazine rack! There have to be a few publications in there that review wellness-related music. I need to send them a copy of Passage and see if they’ll review it.

Can you think of any magazines about wellness, health, mind/body, spirituality, etc. that review relaxation music? If so, I would love to hear your suggestions. Namaste! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) :-)

The Houghton (Kirkland) store.

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The Power of Place

We were at DSW the other evening, killing some time between dinner out and a movie. I like DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse?). They have lot’s of shoes I like and they play some cool downtempo music. It’s fun to hang out there. It brought to mind something I have noticed. In the retail/service sector, there are places that I enjoy and can hang out for awhile and other places that I can’t wait to get out of. Why is this? I just don’t know. But off the top of my head here are some of my faves and not-so-faves:

Places I like. These are places where I can go up and down the aisles and generally put me in a good mood:

  • Small bookstores
  • Trader Joe’s
  • PCC (a natural grocery chain)
  • Metropolitan Market and Thriftway (local high-end chains with lots of specialty foods)
  • DSW – I am not sure exactly why I bought that last pair of shoes, but it’s almost like I need to buy something before I leave the store. And I’m not that into shoes!
  • Hardware stores (even Home Depot when it’s not busy and I’m not tired) – I especially like McLendons and Dunn Lumber (small Seattle-area chains)
Places I don’t like. Get in, get out, avoid if at all possible:
  • The Post Office. On those rare occasions when people working the counter actually have a pulse and there is only one or two in line, then it’s not so bad.
  • PetSmart – I love dogs and cats, so how can I not love PetSmart? I don’t know, but I don’t even want to be friendly back to the friendly cashiers.
  • Big box office supply stores – Staples, Office Depot, Office Max
  • WalMart – This place is generally oppressive to me and puts me in a bad mood.
  • Large shopping malls, especially the upscale ones – Recently I was in Nordstrom browsing the “sale” rack and saw a shirt on “sale” for $385.
What about you? What are your most-loved and -hated places?

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An apple from Down Under

Did a little grocery shopping at Puget Consumer’s Co-op (PCC). There are several scattered around the greater Seattle area. They are truly the epitome of natural food stores. I mean, we’re talking total health food Nirvana. Everything is organic, and I mean EVERYTHING. Not like Whole Foods (owned by Disney) where some things are organic and other things are laden with carcinogenic DNA-disruptive brain-damaging chemicals.

(Just kidding about Disney. Maybe they are, I don’t know. And obviously, the nasty description about the non-organic substances is highly speculative. Okay, I just covered me arse here; I can move on… )

I LOVE PCC!! It is one of those places I like to shop at and it puts me in a good mood. The only thing that tempers my warm and fuzzy nirvanic glow are the prices. I mean, who wants to pay $10.99/lb for organic lunch meat? Unlike the natural food stores of old, their produce is BEAUTIFUL. No inevitable worm holes in their apples. Can you imagine biting into an organic apple with a worm hole and suddenly finding yourself in an unchartered corner of the universe? Me neither.

However, I bought this little beauty that was grown in New Zealand. Didn’t notice this until after I got it home. Have you ever seen an apple like this? Perhaps this one has one of those cosmic worm holes. Makes one wonder what strange experiments are being conducted on apples down under.

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