Bulk Organic Food – Costco Doin’ It Right

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I found these awesome products at The Richmond, CA Costco. Not only are they delicious, but they are way cheaper than the same products at my local grocery store. Sometimes, bulk organic food is a great idea.

Don’t get me wrong. I am so happy to support El Cerrito Natural Grocery. Their products are super high quality, and the workers are very helpful, really nice, and recognize me since I am there so often. However, if I can save money on packaged products, I will gladly do that, since my financial health is important to me too.

Nothing beats fresh, local, organic produce, and Costco will never provide what I need in that area. Who knows how far away all their organic fruits and vegetables came from? How fresh are they? I’d much rather go to El Cerrito Natural, the Berkeley farmer’s market, or grow my own. However, packaged products are a different story. If Costco decides to sell a few select items that I already love and purchase at other stores, I am ready to jump on them, take them home with me, and devour them until Costco stops selling them.

Both of the products pictured above are from local companies. Here’s why I like them:

1. Go Raw 100% Organic Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds: Soaked, rinsed, raw, sprouted seeds are incredibly nutrient dense, more so than their cooked counterparts, and easier to digest. And organic is important because pesticides get stored more densely in the fatty parts of plants, like nuts. Go Raw is based less than an hour away from me in Mountain View, CA, and they sources their seeds from local growers. Also, pumpkin seeds have more zinc than any other vegetarian source, and zinc is an important nutrient for fighting viruses. Since the cold and flu season is nearing, I am happy to stock up on these seeds. By storing them in my freezer, they will last much longer than if I stored them at room temperature, so I am not worried about having a rather large bag.

2. Farmhouse Culture Classic Caraway Organic Kraut: I have about 5 jars of my own homemade krauts at home, and I still bought this because, first of all, it won’t go bad for seven more months, and second of all, the price was two bags of kraut for just a little more than what one bag costs at my local store. I also like this brand and flavor. It’s a more basic taste good for topping grass-fed hot dogs with or making homemade reubens. And their krauts are live (uncooked), which means they are full of natural probiotics to help stock your gut.

When I first saw this brand earlier this year, I was put off by the disposable bag. Until then, I had only seen live kraut sold in mason jars, and I thought Farmhouse Culture was less environmentally friendly. However, they have a nice explanation on the back of their bag explaining that their ethical thought process to using bags instead of jars (requires much less energy to make and transport than glass; does not contain the dangerous plastic chemicals BPA, PVC plasticizers, or Phthalates; and has a valve at the top so the kraut can breathe. It is alive, after all, and will expand over time).

If Costco keeps supplying foods that I like, I want to be sure to support the endeavor. It is a good sign that there is enough demand for all this high quality whole food that Costco is carrying increasingly larger quantities of it. Did I mention they also have a delicious organic chicken sausage (really, it is so ridiculously tasty), organic sliced turkey, and grass-fed hot dogs? And they have a whole new organic products section with various grains and other prepackaged, shelf-stable items. We are well on our way to having easier and easier access to the high quality foods we love.

[The health and nutrition information in this post is not cited because I absorbed it from classes at Bauman College]