Buying Organic at Costco

had to stop at Costco today to pick up my new glasses – and of course, I couldn’t leave without picking up a few things.  The store usually traps me until I spend more than I intended on items I didn’t even think I needed.  But this time, something really caught my attention:  They have a LOT of organic products.

Organic Produce at Costco

Of course, I knew Costco had a large selection of organic items, from snacks to fresh (and dried) fruit, to big bags of veggies (both fresh and frozen!), nuts, canned goods, cereal, grains, yogurt, cheese, even organic bed sheets!  But it seemed more dramatic today for some reason.  Maybe it’s because I was there when it had just opened and there weren’t any crowds. Or maybe it’s because I wasn’t distracted by my kids asking me to buy everything they saw…

Why do I care that Costco sells organic?

First, it means they are listening – so much, in fact, that they were recently declared the largest organic grocer.

The numbers underscore how organic food, once the domain of alternative co-ops, farmer markets and specialty retailers, has become a mainstream phenomenon — especially among so-called “millennials,” the elusive younger demographic that warehouse clubs like Costco are eager to enlist. – Seattle Times

Second, it means that I can shop for items that I feel good about at a more affordable price.  I do care how crops are grown, the people who grow them, and the ecology of the farms and surrounding areas where they are grown.  Buying organic products from Costco lets them know that I am giving them a big thumbs up and tells them to keep up the good work.

I managed to escape the store today by spending less than usual, which made me feel a little proud.  It’s the small things that can make a difference in the life of a multi-tasking mama some days…

In case you are curious about which organic items I picked up today, here they are.  We were out of dried fruit and I needed more for some homemade granola bars I wanted to bake.  My son adores potstickers and we are trying to eat less meat, so I thought I would give these organic vegetarian ones a try.  And raspberries?  Just. Raspberries. Yum.  They will likely be gone by the time we all go to bed this evening.

Organic items purchased from Costco

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