Sourcing quality food for my family is super important to me and foundational to my NTP skill set. When I (Kristen) first came to ATX I was unable to find resources for real milk and other ancestral foods in bulk format. This was more common in Dallas, where I am from, and I really missed sourcing my food this way. Also, not everyone gets free weekends to go the farmers market on the regular. So, I decided to start my own food co-op.
What is a co-op? A co-op is a group of like minded people who put their buying power together to get nutrient-dense, real foods from local farmers (sometimes not local but very high quality) at a discount. Usually, food is delivered to a central home for distribution and everyone picks up from there. This helps the farmer save on time and deliveries or sitting all weekend at farmer's markets. And, it helps the consumer support area farmers who practice sustainable methods without breaking the bank. You can get some food at $1-2 off a pound. Furthermore, you know where your food comes from. Sure, you can get cheap "organic" food at the grocery but do you know:
- Where it came from?
- How far it has traveled?
- How long it has been on the shelf? Eggs can be months old, seafood up to 18 months.
- How it was raised or harvested?
- Is it produced in a corporate monoculture?
- Or is it sustainably raised by a caring farmer?
- Is it an heirloom variety?
- Can you complain if it is bad?
- Will the farmer care and adapt?
A CSA (community supported agriculture) is similar in concept but usually pertains to veggies, fruit and herbs. It is comparable in that food is delivered at a discount by a farmer to a local home, or hub, for distribution. However, you commit to support a farmer for an entire season by buying a weekly share of whatever produce is available for that week. The up front cost and commitment can be intimating to some but it is really a wonderful experience. Your produce is picked 24 hours or less than when it arrives on your doorstep. This truly is the freshest produce option out there. Furthermore, each week is like a surprise finding out what will arrive in your basket. Purchasing food in this format brought much variety to our table and challenged us to learn some new recipes, pairings and cooking methods. It is super fun!
HEARTS FOR HEALTH NATURAL FOOD SOURCE
Current H4H co-op offerings:
- Bone Broth
- Pastured Pork
- Pastured Chicken
- Salmon and Cod
- Grass-fed Beef
- Frozen Berries
- Raw, Unfiltered Honey
- Pure Maple Syrup
- Raw Almonds
- Epic Provisions
- Vital Proteins
To place orders connect with me at:
or visit below for general natural health discussion:
Did you know that how your food is grown greatly impacts its nutrient content? Just because a food is labeled organic in the store does not mean it is your healthiest option. My perspective may seem biased since I run a health food co-op but the more I learned about our food systems the more shocked I was. This is what led me to start sourcing my food differently. We often spend a pretty penny on our organic food, but these organic foods don’t always give us more nutrients.
Eating fresh produce is one of the best ways to get nutrients in your diet and support optimum health, But, did you know many of our foods are often sprayed with toxic pesticides and finished with preservatives to maintain freshness during shipping? Not to worry, you can still achieve a healthier life style without breaking the budget by adopting what is known as the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15.