Cocoa Metro Chocolate Milk

Ah chocolate milk. Does it get anymore comforting? Even when it’s not great, it’s still good. But when it actually is great, woah. Mind blowing woah! Before I was adult I had my share of chocolate milk, either store brand, Nestle, or whole milk with syrup added to it. While I liked those things, none of ever blowed my mind. Until I was an adult and sought out the best. This past week, I found one of the best – Cocoa Metro Belgian Chocolate Milk from my local Whole Foods Market.

Who is Cocoa Metro?
The company behind this life changing chocolate treat formed out of a love for chocolate. The company founders, Mike and Lizzy are chocolate fanatics. So much so that they planned vacations around promixity to cocao plantations. That is a serious foodie. I have to admit I have planned vacations around food, actually pretty much every vacation I do has something to do with food (ex. trip to California to eat Ojai Pixies off the tree). At the very root of this company is a love for chocolate. Besides the milk, they also offer drinking chocolate, cocoa powder as well as body care product like lip balm and lotion bars.

Why is Their Milk So Good?
Simple. The chocolate. This isn’t like putting syrup in your mouth, this like drinking chocolate. So rich. So chocolaty. Not too sweet at all. Just perfectly good to the last drop (and when you drink this stuff, that last drop comes way too fast). Loved, loved, loved it!

The milk contains cocoa, vanilla, real sugar – not HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), milk of course. In order to keep the cocoa from not settling in a clump at the bottom of the bottle, carob bean gum is added. It makes up less than 1% of the contents of the milk. Carob bean gum also called locust bean gum is dervied from the seeds of a carob tree. It doesn’t add any flavor to the milk and was chosen as an alternative to carrageenan, which some consumers are concerned about. I found a website that I thought did an excellent job explaining each of these in a non threatening, non alarmist way. Read more about carraggenan and carob bean gum.

Back to the fun stuff. This chocolate milk is worth seeking out especially if you all you ever known is store brand or the popular national brands. Cocoa Metro Belgian Chocolate Milk is so good, that a picture of it should appear to the word decadent in the dictionary.

To find Cocoa Metro Belgian Chocolate Milk in your area, check out their store locator. Stores include Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Gelson’s, Sprouts, Bristol Farms, and more.

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Recipes at times can be a cause for confusion. A misunderstanding of a term can cause much trouble, leaving you wondering if you have purchased the right thing. Take a recipe that calls for the new potato for example. I have seen many recipes that call for new potatoes. What is a new potato? The grocery store definition is different from the farmers market definition.

What Do I Get When my Recipe Calls for New Potatoes?
The true definition of a new potato is what it sounds like – a potato that is newly harvested. When potatoes are first harvested the skin is more fragile. The potatoes need time to cure in order for the skin to dry out and be more durable. The skin of a freshly dug potato is more tender, has a better texture, great for recipes where you keep the skin on. This type of potato is not good for the grocery store. They don’t ship very well. Instead new potatoes in the grocery store are generally seen as being small potatoes. My experience is that smaller sized potatoes have more tender skin than the larger types. For your recipe calling for new potatoes buy the smallest potatoes you can find in the store. Bags of small potatoes of multiple colors are common nowadays. Fingerling potatoes are a good choice as well. If at all possible, go to the farmer’s market and look for freshly dug potatoes – these will be the ideal.

What is a Creamer Potato?
Another option you can choose for your recipe is a creamer potato. These can be one off two things. Some see them at potatoes that are picked before they are mature to keep them small and tender. They are still allowed to age or cure so the skin isn’t going to be thin and flaky like farmer’s market new potatoes. Other people define a creamer potato has a potato that is bred to be in the small size. They don’t get very big and are fully mature at a small size.

Little Potato Company

The Little Potato Company
There is a company that specializes in small potato, called the Little Potato Company out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They sell creamer potatoes in all different varieties and colors. Watch this YouTube video below to learn more about their potatoes. They have some unique varieties you can’t get elsewhere.

Little Potato Company

Check their website to find what stores carry The Little Potato company potatoes. A few of the stores include –
Albertsons
Walmart
Meijer
Sprouts
Safeway
Sam’s Club
Gelson’s
Stater Bros
WinCo
Woodman’s Market

Wong Fingerlings WFM

Where to Find Other Small Potatoes
Most stores now carry some type of small potato that should work for your recipe. Whole Foods Market carries fingerling potatoes, particulary in the late fall and winter. I have also seen bags of small potatoes in a mix of yellow, red, and purple colors. Trader Joe’s offers you several options – Dutch Yellow Baby Potatoes, Baby Red Potatoes, and Teeny Tiny Potatoes. These all come in bags ranging from 16 to 24 ounces each.

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Terra Adirondack Red Chips

If I am going to review a bag of potato chips on this blog you know it’s got to be something special. This is more than all that a bag of chips. In this case it definitely is. It’s not everyday you have a red potato chips created from a potato that is red inside and out. Big thanks to Terra for creating these beautiful and tasty chips.

A Little About Terra
Terra is know for their unique styles of chips made from all sorts of vegetables. They have chips made from potatoes, sweet potatoes, Taro root, carrots, Kabocha squash, Chioggia Beets, Parsnips, Batata (also called Boniato, a tropical sweet potato), Yuca, Coconut, Celery Root and Plantains. They can pretty much make a chip out of any root vegetable. There chips contain nothing but the veggies, some salt, and oil.

My favorite thing about this company and what really got my attention their support for the Seed Savers Exchange. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to saving heirloom varieties of seeds. They have an amazing selection of seeds to buy, even more so if you become a member. I buy seeds from them every single year for my garden. They have varieties that are hard or impossible to find elsewhere.

Review of Terra Adirondack Reds Potato Chips
About a month ago or so I noticed a new variety of Terra chips show up at Whole Foods Market. I was surprised to see that the chips were made from Adirondack Red potatoes.
I have seen the Adirondack Red variety of potato in several seed catalogs over the year. I have fascinated by it’s unique color. Red on the inside as well as on the outside. I have grown the Adirondack Blue before, which actually I would call purple. Never expect to the Adirondack Red name on a bag of potato chips. Varietal potato chips. Does it get any better for a foodie like me?

The color of the chip is so unique and so beautiful. The color seems to be more vivid than when the potato is raw. The color of the potato means it contains anthocyanin which is an antioxdiant. There is more health benefits to this potato chip, not that I am ready to call a potato chip a health food, I can at least be more comfortable with eating these ones.

Flavor wise – it doesn’t have any kind of crazy flavor to it, just tastes like a high quality potato. The size of the chips were on the smaller size, not the best option for dipping but these are so good by themselves it would be a shame to smear them with some fattening goo. My son was a huge fan of them. Who wouldn’t be. They are so fun! He couldn’t wait for daddy to go get more.

Interested in growing these potato yourself. Visit the Maine Potato Lady’s website for ordering information.

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Ruby Tango Mandarins

At the beginning of this month I was reading a New York Times article about the mandarin industry. It included some great photographs, including my friends from Friend’s Ranches in Ojai, California (I visited their orange grove last March). As I was scrolling through the photos, something caught my eye. The Ruby Tango mandarin. Never heard of that one before. As I continued to read my excitement grew when I found out that his mandarin is a cross between a Clementine mandarin and a blood orange. Now how cool is that! The chance to eat a blood orange just as you would a mandarin is super a-peeling – see what I did there!

Ruby Tango Mandarins

Fast forward two weeks. As I am browsing my facebook newsfeed, I come across a post form Melissa’s Produce talking about the Ruby Tango mandarin. Now I really wanted them. But how long would it take for me to find them? A whooping 3 days later I was peeling and eating my first specimen. Good thing too because my son had a blood orange my wife had brought back from California and was really wanting more. I was excited to bring them home for a taste test for him and the whole family.

Ruby Tango Mandarins

What Does a Ruby Tango Mandarin Taste Like?
If you were to close your eyes and be given a slice of this mandarin without knowing what it is or seeing it at all, you would think you are just eating a blood orange. The flavor is spot on blood orange. Yet in comes in a smaller package and is easier to peel. The skin itself in some specimens will have some red color on the outside just as you see in blood oranges. The more red on the inside, seem to indicate more color on the inside and a richer flavor. They are sweet and tart. I am anxious to see if they get sweeter as the season progresses as I have observed with most citrus. Even now I am ready to call these new bad boys a winner!

They are easy to peel enough to peel, maybe not as easy as some mandarins where you got the skills you can remove the entire peel in one piece. This was is a little more tricky to do that, yet still easier and faster than your straight up blood orange.

When are Ruby Tango Mandarins in Season
2016 marks the first time Ruby Tango is being released commercially in a big way. Still supplies may be limited and they may not be easy to track down. In future years supply should increase as tree mature and hopefully they will be then easier to find. Their season runs from February to March.

Where to Buy Ruby Tango Mandarins
I haven’t heard a lot about who is carrying them yet, but here a few stores I would recommend looking:

Whole Foods Market
Gelson’s Market
Bristol Farms
Fairway Market
Fresh Direct

Have you found these mandarins yet? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment in the section below.

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Lemonade Lemon Fruit

I like many, love a good cup of lemonade – freshly squeezed lemons of course. The tartness and flavor of the lemon, mixed with some sugar ad water, simple and comforting. At times I thought wouldn’t it be nice if we could peel and eat a lemon just like an orange. Enjoy that same flavor without the added sugar. When I learned about the miracle berry, which changes what you eat from sour to sweet – I thought there was my chance to eat a lemon. You can even buy the berry now in tablet form. That is until I discovered there was such a thing as lemon, sweet enough to eat on it’s own. Who needs to pay $25 for 10 tablets, when I can just buy this lemon. Only problem was now I had to actually find this lemon. It took a year, but finally, last month I found my first ever “lemonade lemon” at Whole Foods Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Lemonade Lemon Fruit

What is the Lemonade Lemon?
The lemonade lemon also called simply the lemonade fruit or some call it the “Unlemon” lemon is a cross between a lemon and a Navel orange or a mandarin. I found websites saying one, and some saying the other. I feel like it’s with a mandarin just because of the way the skin feels and that you can peel like a mandarin, although I think slicing them into wedges is more effective. The Lemonade lemon originated in Australia, but has made it’s way to the United States. It is now being grown by Ripe to You, a marketing name for Rising C Ranches located in the rich San Joaquin Valley of central California. They are one of my absolutely favorite citrus growers. They have introduced me to so many varieties of citrus – Heirloom Navels, Variegated pink lemons, Shasta Gold mandarins, Yukon Gold mandarins, Tahoe Gold mandarins, etc. I love all the variety they sell and the quality is top of the line for the industry. I feel confident when I see one of their sticks on a piece of fruit that I am going to get the very best. The Lemonade lemon is no exception.

My Thoughts on the Fruit
I asked them over a year ago about the lemon. My concern was there were going to be like sweet limes, which a yellow lime variety that has no acidity and is really bland yet somehow refreshing. I was reassured that these lemons were not like that. I had no problem just biting into my first slice, knowing that I wasn’t going to experience lip puckering or remarkable blandness. And sure enough I easily could eat them. Tastes like lemonade. Still tart but with enough sweetness to make them palpable. They do contains seeds but the seeds are pretty easy to manage and they are too numerous. I found some segments to have membranes that were a bit tough, which I why I recommend slicing into wedge and sucking out the juice.

Uses for the Lemonade Lemon
You can enjoy them right out of your hand. It’s fun to have at a get together, see which of your guests willingly to try them out and not think you are trying to pull a fast one on them – like giving them unsweetened chocolate. They have many great uses as well. I have used them to keep apples from browning. What I like is because they had sweetness in them, they don’t cause the apples to have a sour taste to them. Also works for keeping guacamole greener, with again not having to add too much sour taste. For leftover guac, squeeze the juice on top without mixing it, cover, and refrigerate. Mix it in when you are ready to serve. Of course you can try making lemonade with them with way less sugar. I haven’t tried yet, but I can imagine how good it would be on top of some fish! Don’t forget to use the zest too.

Season for Lemonade Lemons
In the US, except them to be available starting in January, and lastly through the winter months. They are a newer commercial crop, so they probably will be hard to come by. If they catch on, except to see more. Whole Foods is the first place I saw them. I heard they have been available at farmer’s markets in California. Check any store wherever you see Ripe to You citrus. Ask the store’s produce manager or buyer. If they don’t know, you can get them into the know, maybe even direct them to this blog post (cheap plug!)

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Where to Find Sumo Citrus Mandarins 2016

Last month we heard radios across the country blare out the classic tune “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. I think we were a little bit early on that. Because for any citrus lover out there, the most wonderful time of year is upon us. That’s right. It’s SUMO Citrus time. Time to get excited once again for the largest, sweetest, most flavorful mandarin eating experience you are going to have all year. Forget the Halos, put down the Cuties, and grab yourself some Sumos, maybe even a case or two.

Sumos being harvested (Courtesy of the Official Sumo Facebook Page)

Sumos being harvested (Courtesy of the Official Sumo Facebook Page)

The 2016 Sumo Crop
Before I get into where to buy them this year, I wanted to share with you some information on this year’s crop directly from the SUMO growers themselves. I talked with Guy Wollenman and he is very excited about this year’s crop. The harvest has come early and the flavor is outstanding. Guy said it was the best he has ever tasted, even at this early stage. He also said his other varieties of citrus he grows are tasting really well too. This season hasn’t come without it’s challenges. They have had some below freezing temperatures, so they have had long nights running wind machines to protect the fruit. Good news – no damage to the Sumos. In fact, he believes the cold weather has actually improved the eating quality of the fruit as well as helping keep the fruit on the trees longer which extends their marketing season. Good news indeed!

SumoCitrusStorySmall Want to learn about the amazing story on behind how Sumo Citrus got growing, read Sumo Citrus – From Tree To Your Hands, The Story of the Most Delicious Citrus Variety on Earth.

Where to Buy Sumo Mandarins in 2016
Here is a reminder to everyone. They aren’t going to arrive in every store at the same time. It takes time for them to be transported across the country. And since it’s winter time there is also a chance that a winter storm is going to slow the process down. So be patient. Just because you didn’t find them where you expected to yet, doesn’t mean they won’t get there.

Some other notes about this year’s list. On national scale the best place to look for Sumos is your local Whole Foods Market. They have really embraced it. The Fresh Market as well. Some Kroger and Safeway stores may carry them but only specific store, not chain wide. I have never seen them in a Kroger in Michigan before. If you live in the eastern part of the country, Wegman’s will probably be your best source for Sumos. Check with any of the smaller, specialized store and chains in your area.

If you want to buy them by the case I discovered H Mart is a great store for that. They are a wonderful Asian grocery chain with stores in California, Michigan (Troy), New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, and Texas. You can also request whole cases at Whole Foods Market and get a 10% case discount.

As I hear about them, I will list store locations in parentheses that have had confirmed Sumo sightings. If you find them at a store not in this list, let me in the comment section below and I will add it.

Southern California
Nijiya Market
Marukai
Grow – The Produce Shop
Gelson’s Markets
Whole Foods Market
Assi Super
Mitsuwa Marketplace
Bristol Farms
Koreatown Plaza Market

Northern California
Capitola Village Market
Andronico’s Community Markets
Draeger’s Market
Zanotto’s Family Markets
Lunardi’s Markets
Nijiya Market
Whole Foods Market
Safeway (select Northern California locations)
Nugget Markets
Monterey Market
Berkeley Bowl Marketplace
Old McDonald’s Farmers Market

Outside California
Dorothy Lane Market (Dayton, Ohio region)
Metropolitan Market (Seattle, Washington area)
Town & Country Markets (Seattle, Washington area)
Gourmet Garage (New York city)
Eataly NYC
Super 1 Foods (Idaho, Montana)
Baldor Specialty Foods (producer distributor from New York)
Lunds/Byerly’s (Twin Cities, Minnesota)
The Fresh Market
Foodland & Sack & Save Supermarkets (Hawaii)
Wegman’s Food Markets
Earthfare Market (locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee)
Roth’s Fresh Market (Oregon)
Fresh Direct (online service)
Zupan’s Markets (Portland, Oregon region)
Kroger (Select Locations)
Whole Foods Market
Brookshire’s (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas)
Brennan’s Country Farm Market – Wisconsin (Madison & Milwaukee areas)
Safeway (Select Locations)
Rouses (Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi)
Reasors (Tulsa, Oklahoma region)
West Side Markets (New York City)
Jungle Jim’s International Market (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Dan’s Fresh Supermarket (North Dakota)
H Mart (California, Michigan (Troy), New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Illniois, and Texas.)
Fortinos (Ontario, Canada)

SUMO Citrus Recipes
These are a couple recipes I came up with that utilize Sumo Citrus.
Sumo Citrus Fudge
SUMO Citrus Fudge
SUMO Citrus Sugar Cookies

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Ohio Turkey Deals 2015

Welcome to the 2nd annual Eat Like No One Else guide to buying a turkey in the 17th state, Ohio. Last year I decided to expand my ever popular turkey deals list to the state just to the south of me. I was met with equal succes, so I am back at it again this year.

This list includes many of the store in Ohio but not necessarily every one. If you find one missing, leave a comment below and I will add it to the list.

Cheapest Turkey Price in the State of Ohio – Just as in my home state, Meijer is the champion of the cheapest turkey with their 52 cents per pound price on their Meijer brand frozen turkeys.

Whole Foods Market
Locations in Columbus,
Fresh Brined Turkey $2.99/lb
Fresh Boneless Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Fresh Whole Heirloom Bronze Turkey Non-GMO Verified $3.69/lb
Fresh Bone-In Turkey Breast $4.99/lb
Whole Free Range Turkey $2.69/lb
Fresh Kosher Turkey $3.49/lb
Fresh Organic Turkey $3.99/lb

Meijer
Various locations throughout the state.
For the 2nd year in a row Meijer is offering 50& off all frozen or fresh turkeys with an additional $20 purchase.

Here are some example prices with the 50% off:
Meijer Frozen Turkey $.52/lb
Meijer Fresh Turkey $1.49/lb

Lucky’s Market
Location in Columbus
Amish Country All-Natural Fresh Turkey $1.39/lb
Plainville Antibotic-Free Fresh Turkey $1.99/lb
Mary’s Organic Free Range Turkey (the ad says to contact them about this one)

Jungle Jim’s International Market
Locations in Fairfield and Cincinnati, OH
Amish Country Fresh Turkeys $1.99/lb
Frozen Grade A Turkey Breats $1.59/lb
Honeysuckle Frozen Whole Smoked Turkeys $2.59/lb
Butterball Frozen Turkeys $1.39/lb (no limit)

Walt Churchill’s Market
Locations in Maumee and Perrysburg, OH
You can pre-order Bowman Landes Fresh Whole Turkey or Turkey Breast. Contact the store for more details.

Giant Eagle
Various locations throughout Ohio
Giant Eagle says “We Won’t Be Beat”. They will match any competitor’s price on frozen whole turkeys.

Giant Eagle Frozen Turkeys USDA Grade A, All sizes $0.98 lb. With an additional $25 purchase, limit 2
Honeysuckle White Frozen Turkeys USDA Grade A, 18 lbs. and up $1.09 lb. with an additional $25 purchase.
Butterball Frozen Turkeys $1.59 lb.
Nature’s Basket Fresh or Frozen Turkeys $2.89/lb
Plainville Farms or Bells & Evan Fresh Turkey $2.99/lb
Giant Eagle Fresh Turkeys, USDA Grade A, All Sizes $1.69 lb.
Honeysuckle Whole Fresh Turkeys $1.89/lb
Butterball Fresh Turkeys $1.99/lb
Honeysuckle Frozen Turkey Breasts $1.99/lb
Giant Eagle Fresh Turkey Breasts $3.69/lb

The Andersons
Locations in Toledo, Maumee, Sylvania, and Columbus, OH
No prices advertised as of yet.

Acme Fresh Market
Various locations across Ohio
Acme Frozen Turkey $.59/lb, limit 1 with card
Honeysuckle White Frozen Turkey $.99/lb with card
Buckley Farms Bone-In Turkey Breast $1.89/lb with card
Butterball Frozen Turkey $1.59/lb with card

The Fresh Market
Locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, Shaker Heights, Toledo, West Chester
Check with store to pre-order your turkey.

Buehler’s Grocery
Various locations across Ohio
Honeysuckle White Frozen Turkey $.99/lb, limit 1 (additional turkeys will be $1.49/lb)
Honeysuckle White Fresh Turkey $1.99/lb
Honeysuckle Frozen Boneless Turkey Breast $13.99 for 3 pounds
Butterball Frozen Turkey $1.79/lb

Heinen’s
Locations in the Cleveland Metro area
No prices listed online, contact store for pricing information
Planville Fresh Turkeys (antibiotic and hormone free)
Amish Country All-Natural Turkey (raised without antibiotic or added hormones)
Frozen Empire Kosher Turkey
Honeysuckle Frozen Turkey
Butterball Frozen Turkey

Kroger
Various location across Ohio
Fresh Honeysuckle Turkey $1.49/lb
Kroger Frozen Turkey $.98/lb
Honeysuckle or Private selection Frozen Turkey $1.29/lb
Honeysuckle Turkey Breast $1.69/lb

Trader Joe’s
Locations in Cincinnati, Kettering, Woodmere, Westlake, Columbus, Dublin
Trader Joe’s All Natural, Brined, Fresh Young Turkeys (12-22 pound birds) for $1.99 per pound
Glatt Kosher, All Natural, Fresh Young Turkeys (12-16 pound birds) for $2.49 per pound.

Chief Market
Locations in Paulding, Wauseon, Delphos, Celina, Coldwater, Defiance, Bryan
Prices not available currently.

Earth Fare
Locations in Dayton, Akron, Cleveland, Columbus
Fresh Free Range Organic Turkey $4.29/lb
Natural, Hormone & antibiotic free fresh Turkey $2.69/lb
Bone-In Fresh Natural Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Boneless Fresh Turkey Breast $6.99/lb

Dorothy Lane Market
Locations in Dayton and Springboro
DLM Fresh Free-Range Turkey $3.39/lb (price down 60 cents a pound from last year!)
DLM Fresh Free-Range Turkey Breast $6.19/lb
Heavenly Turkey Breasts $8.99/lb
Whole Herb Brined Turkey $4.29/lb

Marsh Stores
Locations in Southwest Ohio
Norbest, Jennie-O or Honeysuckle Frozen Turkey $.69/lb (limit 1, with additional $25 purchase)
Butterball All Natural Frozen Turkey $.89/lb (limit 1, with additional $25 purchase)

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Whole Foods Market Turkey Prices 2015

It’s once again that time of year. My favorite time of year to be a food blogger. Why? Because I get to spend the next several weeks talking turkey. What is not to love about that? Up first this season. One of my favorite things to do is share the prices and selection of turkeys in stores across the country. I love seeing what’s going on from coast to coast and sharing that information with you – the blog reader. This season we are going to kick it off with a nationwide look at what Whole Foods Market is offering up in the way of turkeys this season.

Whole Foods Laguna Beach

Why Buy a Turkey at Whole Foods
If you are looking for more than just the cheapest, frozen bird you can find, if you want something organic, or fresh range or one of those really cool heritage birds you may have heard about on TV, then Whole Foods may be the place for you. Each store has a holiday order table, where you can pre-order your Thanksgiving bird and pick it up when you are ready.

whole foods market huntingon

Location and Choices Vary
As it is often in life, it is all about location, location, location. The selection varies based on what region your store is in. Whole Foods is divided into 11 U.S. regions. Some regions have a much larger selection than others. If I had the choice I wish I could have the selection in the western regions. Here is a link to a pdf file showing you how the company is divided up. The selection and price should be very similar within a region, although you will see some “value stores” where prices are lower (the Detroit, Michigan store is usually one of those stores for example). Checking with your local store will give you the best information.

Standards
All turkeys sold at Whole Foods have to meet these following standards:

1. 5-Step® Animal Welfare rated
2. No antibiotics
3. No animal by-products in their feed
4. No Added solutions or injections
5. No added growth hormones

Organic
Whole Foods sells organic turkey but not all of their turkeys are organic, so make sure you look for the word “organic” if that is what you want. To learn more about organic turkeys, check out my post What is an Organic Turkey?

My Recommendations
Diestel turkeys available in regions 2,3, 5, or 11 (western regions) are highly recommended. Check out my post on 9 reasons to buy a Diestel Turkey. If you live on the east coast, I recommend Jaindl turkeys, who raise a turkey breed unique to their farms with more edible meat per pound. Their turkeys may be found under the Whole Foods Market label but it should read on the packaging “Grown and processed by Jaindl Family Farms”. Check my post on Why You Should Buy a Janidl turkey. You will find a link to a map of what Whole Foods locations carry Jaindl turkeys.

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2015 Whole Foods Market Turkey Price List by Region

Region 1 Pacific Northwest

Prices from a store in Seattle, Washington
Organic Whole Turkey $3.99/lb
Raw Whole Turkey $2.69/llb
Whole Foods Market Whole Turkey $2.49/lb
Mary’s Free-Range Heritage Turkey comes from the Pitman Family Farm and are descended from the first breed of turkeys that existed in the United States. $5.99/lb

Region 2 Northern California

Why Buy Diestel Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Prices from store in San Francisco, California
Diestel Nature Bone-In Half Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Diestel Nature Bone-In Full Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Diestel Organic Bone-In Half Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Diestel Organic Bone-In Full Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Diestel Non-GMO Project Verified Turkey $3.49/lb
Diestel Heidi Organic Petite Turkeys $4.69/lb
Diestel Boneless Turkey Breast Roast $7.49/lb
Diestel Mediterranean Brined Turkey $4.99/lb
Diestel Original Brined Turkey $4.99/lb
Diestel Lemon Herb Brined Turkey $4.99/lb
Diestel Organic Boneless Turkey Breast Roast $8.99/lb
Diestel Pastured Raised Turkey $5.99/lb
Diestel Petite Turkeys $2.99/lb
Diestel Heidi Organic Turkeys $3.99/lb
Diestel Organic Heirloom Turkeys $4.99/lb
Whole Foods Market Turkey $2.69/lb

Region 3 Southern Pacific

Prices from store in Laguna Niguel (Orange County), California
Mary’s Free Range $2.79/lb
Mary’s Organic $3.99/lb
Mary’s Heritage $5.99/lb
Mary’s Brined Turkey $3.99/lb
Diestel Free Range $2.79/lb
Diestel Heidi’s Hens Organic Turkey $3.99/lb
Diestel Free Range Petite Turkey $3.29/lb
Mary’s Free Range Bone-In Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Diestel Free Range Bone-In Breast $6.59/lb
Kosher Valley Turkey $3.99/lb
Mary’s Organic Bone-In Breast $7.99/lb
Diestel Heidi’s Hen Organic Bone-In Breast $7.99/lb
Mary’s Boneless Breast $6.99/lb
Diestel’s Free Range Boneless Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Mary’s Organic Boneless Turkey Breast $8.99/lb
Heidi’s Hen Organic Boneless Breast $8.99/lb

Region 4 Midwest

Prices from store in Ann Arbor, Michigan (this my store!)
Nature’s Rancher Fresh Turkey $2.49/lb
Organic Turkey $3.99/lb
Valerie’s Family Organic Brined Whole Turkey $2.49/lb
Kosher Valley Kosher Turkey $3.99/lb
Bone-in Turkey Breast $4.99/lb
Boneless Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Organic Bone-In Turkey Breast $6.99/lb

Please note that the stores in Lincoln, Nebraska and Detroit, Michigan have the following special prices:
Nature’s Rancher Fresh Turkey $1.99/lb
Organic Turkey $2.99/lb

Region 5 Southwest


Prices from store in Austin, Texas (the flagship store)
Bone-in Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Boneless Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Smoked Turkey $5.99/lb
Diestel All Natural Turkey $3.49/lb
Diestel Heirloom Organic $5.49/lb
Diestel Organic $4.49/lb
Nature’s Rancher $2.99/lb
Organic Bone-In Breast $7.99/lb
Organic Boneless Breast $8.99/lb

Region 6 North Atlantic


Prices from store in Boston, MA
Free Range Herb Rubbed Turkey $3.99/lb
Free Range Plain $2.69/lb
Free Range Brined Turkey $2.99/lb
Free Range Organic $3.99/lb
Koch’s Turkey Farm Heirloom Bronze $3.99/lb
Plainville Free Range $2.99/lb
Boneless Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Brined, Boneless Breast $6.99/lb


Region 7 South


Prices from store in Atlanta, Georgia
Whole Organic Turkey $3.99/lb
Whole Foods Market Fresh Turkey $2.69/lb
Organic Bone-In Turkey Breast $5.99/lb
Bone-In Turkey Breast $4.99/lb
Bells & Evan Whole Brined Turkey $2.99/lb

Region 8 Florida


Prices from store in Miami, FL
Plainville Fresh Bone-in Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Plainville Boneless Netted Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Organic Fresh Turkey $3.99/lb
Fresh Brined Turkey $2.99/lb
Kosher Valley Fresh $3.99/lb

Region 9 Mid-Atlantic

Prices from store in Columbus, Ohio
Fresh Brined Turkey $2.99/lb
Fresh Boneless Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Fresh Whole Heirloom Bronze Turkey Non-GMO Verified $3.69/lb
Fresh Bone-In Turkey Breast $4.99/lb
Whole Free Range Turkey $2.69/lb
Fresh Kosher Turkey $3.49/lb
Fresh Organic Turkey $3.99/lb


Region 10 Northeast


Prices from store in New York City, NY
Whole Foods Market Free Range Brined $2.99/lb
Whole Foods Market Free Range $2.69/lb
Whole Foods Market Organic Free Range Turkey $3.99/lb
Plainville Turkey $2.99/lb
Plainville Organic $3.99/lb
Koch’s Free Range Heirloom Bronze $4.99/lb
Kosher Valley Turkey $3.99/lb
Plainville Brined Turkey Breast $6.99/lb (bone-in), $7.99/lb (boneless)
Plainville Turkey Bone-In Breast $5.99/lb
Plainville Boneless Breast $6.99/lb

Region 11 Rocky Mountain


Prices from store in Denver, Colorado
Brined Turkey $2.99/lb
Nature’s Rancher $2.49/lb
Diestel’s Natural $3.99/lb
Diestel’s Non-GMO Project Verified $3.89
Diestel’s Petitie Whole Turkey $3.99/lb
Kosher Valley Farms $3.99/lb
Diestel’s Organic $4.99/lb
Diestel’s Organic Heirloom $6.99/lb
Diestel’s Step 5+ Pasture Raised $6.99/lb

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365 Organic Barbeque Sauces

I love it when my love for food and geography can come together. Whenever I see those posts online about each state’s regional food, I enjoy clicking through them (while being annoyed I have to click an arrow and wait to see the next one). I want to spend more time researching regional foods. One thing I have selected to learn more about his barbecue sauce. In different parts of the country, different types of sauces are present. As part of this research project, I wanted to take a look at how sauces from different regions are re-created to sell at the grocery store. I decided to pick up 3 organic 365 brand sauces from Whole Foods Market. Each sauce is based on a different region – Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas. While not expecting these to be as good a a homemade sauce, I wanted to see what the perspective on the difference in each type of sauce.

Let’s start by looking at the ingredient list of each sauce. I put in italics some ingredients I want to highlight.

365 Organic Barbeque Sauces

Kansas City Love – Thick and Sweet
Tomato Paste
Water
Apple Cider Vinegar
Brown Sugar
White Vinegar
Cane Sugar
Jalapeno Puree
Paprika
Salt
Garlic Puree
Cayenne Pepper
White Pepper
Onion Powder
Spice Blend

The first ingredient on this list is tomato paste. When people think of barbecue sauces, the Kansas City style is what most people think of – heavy on the tomato. Tomato is definitely the thing that dominates the flavor. It is a thick sauces that sits atop of the meat. There is some heat to it, but gentle heat.

365 Organic Barbeque Sauces

Memphis Madness – Tangy, Sweet, and Spicy
Apple Cider Vinegar
Water
Brown Sugar
Tomato Paste
Paprika
Salt
Mustard Powder
Soy Sauce
Onion Powder
Xanthan Gum
Jalapeno Puree
Molasses
Spice Blend
Cane Sugar
Lemon Juice
Tamarind
Cayenne Pepper
Allspice
Cloves
Caramel color
Garlic powder
Natural anchovy flavor
Lemon extract
Ginger oil
Orange extract
Capsicum extract
Natural onion flavor

The first ingredient on this list is apple cider vinegar. Memphis sauces tend to be similar to the Kansas City style but with more vinegar, which is definitely the case here. The Memphis sauce had molasses where the Kansas City does not. You could taste the spices more in this sauce than the other two.

365 Organic Barbeque Sauces

Texas True – Savory and Tangy
Water
Tomato Paste
Apple Cider Vinegar
Cane Sugar
Molasses
White Vinegar
Tamarind
Soy Sauce
Salt
Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Cumin
Allspice
Cloves
Chili Powder
Onion
Lemon juice
Caramel color
Garlic powder
Natural anchovy flavor
Lemon extract
Ginger oil
Xantham Gum
Orange Extract
Capsicum extract
natural onion flavor

The first ingredient on this list is water. Out of the three sauces this one was easily the thinnest. Good for when you want it to soak into the meat. The Texas sauce is influenced by it’s proximity to Mexico which is why you find tamarind and cumin in it. It has a good amount of heat to it – more so than the KC sauce. I would have liked to have the cumin flavor make a bigger impact. It is less sweet than the KC sauce.

From this experiment it is easy to see the basic in the different styles of sauces – thickness, tomato ratio, vinegar ratio. It’s a good start for me on my journey to understand regional sauces. These bottled sauces don’t necessarily capture on the nuances of each style, which is what I hope to do when I try to make my very own versions.

My favorite was probably the Memphis Madness. It has the most balanced flavor profile. You could taste the spices better, I think that the KC, which is so strong on the tomato. The Texas True was my least favorite. My personal preference is towards a thicker sauce but also the flavor was more watery down in general.

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Organic Produce at Costco

There is no doubt that the organic trend is here to stay. More and more people are striving to buy only organic. Yet there is still a lot of people that don’t buy organic because they simply cannot afford it or they don’t want to pay the increased cost. Time magazine recently reported that a lot of consumers believe that organic labels are just an excuse to charge more. Clearly cost is clearly an issue when it comes to shopping for organic, that brings me to the topic of today’s post – if you are a Costco member, can this membership make organic produce more affordable for you? During my April 2015 visit to Costco, I recorded what kind of organic produce they had and the prices of that. Kept in mind, produce price vary a lot based on season, particularly something like berries.


Fruit/vegetable, price
Strawberries 16 oz, $3.99
Blueberries 6 oz, $4.88
Blackberries 12 oz, $7.98
Bananas, $.66/lb
Gala apples, $1.99/lb
Peeled carrots, $1.20/lb
Whole carrots, $.70/lb for 10 pound bag
Romaine hearts, $4.49 for 6 count bag
Earthbound Farms 1 pound salads, $4.49
Earthbound Farms Power Green in 1.5 pound bag, $3.66/lb

Organic Produce Costco

Some of the organic containers of berries at Costco are larger sizes than your normally find. The blackberries came in a 12 oz clamshell where most stores sell the 6 oz clamshell. Costco had the usual Driscoll’s berries. You can tell whether they are organic just by looking at the color of the label, a green label means organic, and a yellow label means conventional. Simple!

Organic Produce Costco

They also had berries from Naturipe. The prices of blueberries is one that wildly changes. Going into summer, expect lower prices, going into the winter, expect higher prices and small containers.

Organic Produce Costco

Costco also sells products from Earthbound Farms, a huge organic operation out of Central California. Their stuff is everywhere. Costco sells 10 pounds bags of carrots that would be great for juicing for the low price of 70 cents per pound.

Organic Produce Costco

They also have the 1 pound clamshells of organic baby spinach. One thing they had that I haven’t seen elsewhere is the 1.5 pound bags of Power Greens, which is a combination of baby kale, baby swiss chard, and baby spinach – one of my favorite salad mixes and at what works out to $3.66 a pound, it is also the cheapest I have seen this mix going for. It’s excellent for salads – also for juicing or on a pizza for a healthier dinner.

How Does the Price of Organic Produce at Costco Compare to Whole Foods?
Whenever we talk organic, we just have to bring up Whole Foods Market. They played a huge roll in bringing the organic movement to the forefront and they offer more varieties of organic produce that anyone else (keep in mind NOT all of Whole Foods produce is organic!) Their selection will beat Costco every time. You can get a lot of basic produce items at Costco and the prices are cheaper. For example, organic bananas at Whole Foods cost $.99/lb where they are $.66/lb at Costco or Earthbound Farms 1 pound salads are $5.99 at Whole Foods and $4.49 at Costco. But I didn’t find organic beets, leeks, onions, celery, swiss chard, sweet potatoes, etc. If you are an organic shopper take advantage of Costco’s savings while taking advantage of the Whole Foods selection.

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