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  • Your Dream Grocery Store

    The Paleo Lifestyle Magazine facebook page mentioned that he'd like a paleo grocery store . . . which got me thinking - what would your dream grocery store look like?

    Mine would be a lot like the Natural Grocer's down the road from me, but with a few tweeks . . . they do a great job in providing grain free essentials - but not all (for instance, they don't have coconut aminos or blanched almond flour) . . . they're my favorite place to shop - but if I had my dream grocery it would also have:
    • A large produce section with an emphasis on seasonal and regional produce
    • A butcher that sold tallow and lard and cuts of pastured meats - and wild caught fish and roe, etc.
    • A wine and cheese section of raw, traditional cheeses and gluten free wines and spirits a
    • A deli/bakery that had prepared items - like paleo cookies, muffins, cakes and tortillas as well as pre-assembled meals like salads, wraps and roast chickens - all paleo of course - and not loaded with the preservatives necessary to make them shelf stable - just made fresh each day to be bought a la carte
    • A pharmacy and beauty section with FCLO and butter oil blends, high end probiotics and all-natural, gluten free beauty products like coconut oil and beet lip stain and primal pit paste


    What would your dream grocery store have?
    Healthy Bucket List:
    • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
    • Hike the Appalachian Trail
    • Do a real pull-up
    • Run a 5k
    • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



    Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

  • #2
    Foraged veg, like nettles & things, and unusual berries, things I don't have the time or knowledge to seek out myself, would be awesome!

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    • #3
      More products that do at least double duty (for example, they can be applied topically as medicine and also used to flavor food) like raw local honey, powdered spices, fresh and dried herbs.
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      • #4
        • For the stuff that has a higher quality equivalent, that is what would be taking up aisle space.
        • For the stuff that has no such high quality equivalent, it would be gone, so the store would be much smaller without a soda aisle, a chip aisle, a frozen dinner aisle, etc.
        • They would have everything there I have to send away for now.

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        • #5
          ABSOLUTELY. NO. SOY.

          Except for fermented stuff, like miso and tamari.

          Biggest frustration with "health food" stores - so much soy, everywhere. Ugh. Makes my boobies hurt just walking around there.

          But seriously, in addition to the above, like lard at the meat counter, more of the good staples. Ghee, boxed coconut cream, frozen kale, those sorts of things.

          And household staples, like baking soda and borax and epsom salt. I hate having to stop at WalMart just to clean my body and my house without poisoning myself or spending an arm and a leg.

          Kits to helps newbies learn how to ferment things. Sell live whey and kefir grains.

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          • #6
            • A store that doesn't cater to vegetarians more than it does to omnivores.
            • A sunshine policy - no using the word "natural," as it means nothing. Same with squishy terms like "cage-free."
            • Meats and fish that are labelled with where they were sourced - I've purchased NZ beef, so I'm not a total fanatic on the locavore thing, but there are countries I'd rather not support.
            • BPA-free cans, or your product has to be in different packaging.
            • Wild and farm indicated on all fish/seafood. There are a few things that I'm happy to eat farmed, but for the most part, I'm a wild seafood girl.
            • Bulk products - if I want cashews for one dish, I don't want to have to buy a twelve ounce or one pound package.
            • Organic spices.
            • Organic everything that is produce.
            • Olive oil with a provenance.
            • Absolutely no GMOs.


            But hey, I'm happy to spend 70%+ of my food budget online and another 10-15% at the farmers markets if the locals don't want my money.
            Last edited by JoanieL; 08-03-2013, 06:53 PM.
            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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            • #7
              The biggest part of what made Grok, Grok, is the reality that it required significant physical effort to obtain food. So the most important feature would have to be that the store is only accessible with an extended hike or bike ride, uphill, both ways.

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              • #8
                Some of the co-ops in my area come pretty close. I can get well-sourced meat and organs, pastured tallow and lard, less common tubers (Okinawa potatoes, burdock, lotus), produce that's twice as flavorful instead of twice as large, cocoa/coffee/tea that isn't mystery "blends", and reputable oils and spices.

                Still 80% of what they stock doesn't make the cut though. Judging from the endcap promotions and prepared foods, the hippies sure love their evaporated cane juice.
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                • #9
                  Favorite grocery store would be the financial security to spend the rest of my life in the forests, hunting and gathering.
                  Crohn's, doing SCD

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                  • #10
                    Simple: a farmer's market with seasonal foods, produced locally on sustainable farms. And, products produced from those raw materials as well (ie, the dairy might produce milk, but another person can produce cheese with that milk). I think that would be pretty ideal.

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                    • #11
                      sashimi quality fish & seafood (no way would I eat fish from the reg stores raw)
                      Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

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                      • #12
                        Make minimal packaging waste a store priority. And packaging should be as Eco as possible, for ex, minimal/no plastic wraps - and definitely let/support customers bringing in glass jars/home containers and stuff - scales can take off tares.

                        Account for all store food waste by sending it to food banks/Second Harvest/municipal recycling, etc - no dumping precious food into the dumpster in the back of the store!!

                        Set up a website page where all legit customer suggestions can be collected and placed on a page(s) where the public can see them, and suggestions that improve anything, where the store actually implements them, the customer and/or employee responsible gets a card worth either a fixed cash amount or a percentage off of one shopping trip. If it seems a lot of customers are wondering about why x-thing isn't being done, management/owner should take the time to explain why something can't/shouldn't happen for the nonce. Perhaps even make contests of "how do we (the store) better solve this dilemma!?"

                        Sell all the bits and pieces from the meat and fish counters, like fish heads and meat bones, where they occur.

                        Make the employee break room actually a really nice break room, not some janitor closet-looking thing.

                        Fun thread - thanks!!
                        I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                        • #13
                          A direct trade between myself and the person who is trading me the goods. This means, not only fiat currencies needs to be exchanged, but other means of trade, as well. Something as far away from a large establishment grocery chain as possible. Farmer's markets are as close to this as possible right now, so I try to make it out to one as often as possible. At least then I know who I'm supporting, and it's not full of middle men and evil intentions and mistreatment of workers.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DeeDub View Post
                            The biggest part of what made Grok, Grok, is the reality that it required significant physical effort to obtain food. So the most important feature would have to be that the store is only accessible with an extended hike or bike ride, uphill, both ways.
                            I like this idea . . . maybe put the parking lot at the trail head of a 1/4 mile hike . . . that's way you've got to move at least 1/2 a mile worth to get your food. (You can always add more movement by walking or biking to the store). (And there'd still have to be a handicapped entrance - because sometimes they need real food most - whether because they're healing a broken bone, have ALS or MS or a spinal injury, etc.)

                            Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
                            Favorite grocery store would be the financial security to spend the rest of my life in the forests, hunting and gathering.
                            Ideally I'd like a homestead where I can establish a permaculture food system that would supply almost all the food needs for myself and my family, and what we didn't grow or raise for ourselves we could barter for with neighbors . . . but since that's not going to happen for me any time in the immediate future - I'd just like to find more foods I'll actually eat at the local grocery store.

                            (We don't have a very good farmer's market here - so that's not even much of an option for me . . . I make a monthly trip to the health food store a few towns over, and order off the internet for meat and staples. I really only go to the local grocery store to get fresh produce each week - though the options tend to be slimmer than I'd like, they do at least have most of the dirty dozen available in organic and they try to get CO grown produce . . . sometimes I have to settle for conventional though).
                            Healthy Bucket List:
                            • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
                            • Hike the Appalachian Trail
                            • Do a real pull-up
                            • Run a 5k
                            • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



                            Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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                            • #15
                              I'd like to shop in a store that bothers to find staff who are committed to better health through nutrition and not just there because they got forced into it by the jobcentre (by threat of removing their welfare) so it would maybe have an examination test as part of the interview, or something.

                              A step too far maybe but I am oh-so-tired of shopping in places where they sell really quite specialist or niche things and I just get a strong sense that the staff have a bad attitude, like why isn't McDonald's good enough for me because it is for them, or like they despise the whole ethos of the stuff being sold there but hey, it's a job!

                              I only ever once did a job where I didn't positively believe in the product or service and it wasn't good for me, or the people I was there to serve who were paying my wages.

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