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  • Anyone in/near Santa Cruz, CA?

    Hi guys!
    So I just moved to Santa Cruz two days ago.
    I was wondering if anyone has any info on local farms, stores, farmers' markets, etc.
    Mostly I'm trying to find good sources of grass-fed raw milk and pastured eggs.

    I haven't searched TOO extensively, but so far all I've found is raw milk for over $8.00 for a half gallon. Is this just what I have to get used to? This is over two times higher than what I'm used to. I knew CA would be more expensive but that's kind of ridiculous.

    Any help you can offer is much appreciated!
    Thanks!
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    I live in Northern Ca. and that's about what we pay for our raw goat milk, we belong to a goat share. Everything is more expensive it seems in California. I'm always jealous when I read about folks getting pastured eggs and raw milk for really cheap in other parts of the country. But it's the same with gas we pay way more than every one else.

    Other than the expense how are you liking SC? My husband grew up there and I grew up on the other side of the bay.
    Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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    • #3
      Santa Cruz is lovely. I lived in the bay area for ten years and that was always the beach "getaway" spot of choice.

      See if you can find yourself a Sprouts market. I think they are in all of CA. They carry the Organic Pastures line of raw dairy products. Organic Pastures also has a website and does deliver within CA (for a fee).

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      • #4
        Have you gone to The Staff of Life yet?

        Staff of Life Natural Food Market - Santa Cruz, California
        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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        • #5
          Thanks guys!
          In my two days here, I'm loving it! The weather is great and the people are so friendly!
          I'm just having a hard time finding a place that will accept dogs. It seems hardly anyone will!

          Urban Forager - yes! I went there yesterday. It was a great store but the raw milk there was that expensive.
          I never know what to put in these things. I write songs!

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          • #6
            I live in Santa Cruz, it actually is a very dog friendly city once you get a place. As for food, feel free to PM me for recs, but I love Shoppers Corner, New Leaf and Staff of Life for shopping. The downtown (wednesday night) farmers market is awesome. The saturday (westside) and sunday (live oak/ near 17th and portola) farmers markets are smaller but really good as well. Lots of great restaurants and most everyone will make them paleo-ish for you- My favorite is Surfrider Cafe: 1/2 pound stuffed burgers which they happily do with no bun, fresh local veggies and even a house made honey mustard dressing that is killer and well within primal bounds. Plus they have amazing local beer.
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            • #7
              Thanks Carter!!
              Hopefully I can find a place soon. I'm currently staying in a motel in watsonville with my gf, dog, and friend so it's getting cramped! Most houses for rent don't allow dogs at all, and most apartments are full with a long waiting list!

              I'll have to check out Shoppers Corner and New Leaf (and check for a sprouts) as well as those farmers markets. And I'm especially excited to discover some new favorite restaurants.
              I never know what to put in these things. I write songs!

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              • #8
                You won't find whole raw milk any cheaper than that anywhere in California. I pay about $7.49 for mine, when I bought it, but I don't anymore because it's way too expensive. Skim raw milk is about half price, but like 1/4th of the flavor. It used to be much cheaper until the FDA started regulating it a lot more.

                Everything in California is inflated 25-50%. Also, once you get over the sunshine and beaches you'll realize this place is actually a miserable shithole.

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                • #9
                  I like all the farmers' markets...a great chance to support local producers, too!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                    Everything in California is inflated 25-50%. Also, once you get over the sunshine and beaches you'll realize this place is actually a miserable shithole.
                    It depends on how much you dislike Democrats and Liberals.
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                    • #11
                      Hey, Boxcar. There's actually a Facebook group for us here. It's called SF Primal, but I know a lot of people consider Santa Cruz to be the greater bay area. It's about the same distance from my hometown from SF I I consider that bay area. Check it out.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                        It depends on how much you dislike Democrats and Liberals.
                        Truth. I've spent my whole life in CA. And in a lot of ways, I love it. But, politically, my libertarian ass can't handle it anymore. Only way I see myself staying in CA is if I can land a teaching job in the Tahoe Basin....though I will miss Disneyland...and my family too, I guess

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                        • #13
                          Housing in Santa Cruz is extremely competitive it helps if you know some one and if you have dogs, good luck. Last time we lived in the area 93-99 (had 2 dogs) we ended up living way off the beat and track and husband had a tedious commute, 101 during commute time is a serious pain.
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