Organic Savings on the Fly: Organic Milk & Organic Berries

June 8th, 2008

OrganicMania normally labors over these posts…sorry to be late, but with three new clients this week and a kindergartner out of school – I’m just way behind. Plus, gotta confess, I’m a Twitter addict now. Have you checked out Twitter? You can follow me here. And then there’s another microblogging platform where I really need more friends: Plurk. Anyway, the cool thing is I can Tweet or Plurk from my cell – sending out organic and green savings updates – and more green thoughts – while on the go. Come join in on the fun here and here!

Back to organic savings basics: I think I’ve found the Holy Grail for cheap organic milk by the half gallon. Target. Yes, Target. Their house brand, Archer Farms, is $3.44 for a half gallon of organic milk. That’s a huge savings compared to the $4.19 a half gallon some supermarkets command, as we discussed here. (When you consider that post was written back in January, the price now is surely above $4.19 in that grocery store!)

Why is this organic milk so cheap? Well, although the source of Archer Farms milk is not visible on the carton, press reports such as this one indicate that the private dairy Aurora Farms supplies Target with its Archer Farms organic milk. The organic industry watchdog group The Cornucopia Institute rates organic dairies and gives Aurora a low ranking, claiming that the milk is from factory farmed cows. However, despite some controversy, the USDA kept Aurora’s USDA Organic certification in place. The Institute’s concerns had to do with the cows’ access to pasture. So if you are concerned about cow grazing issues, you may prefer to choose milk from another source. If your primary concerns are lack of growth hormones, pesticides and antibiotics, you should be fine with Archer Farms.

Again, this is one of those touchy areas where some have very strong feelings about the “green-ness” of “Big Organic,” and a few may even claim to be “Greener than Thou” by buying raw organic milk or organic milk for a local dairy. OrganicMania views this blog as a forum to throw out all the crazy issues in organics and green living and to discuss them – without an agenda.

And while I normally never think of Target for groceries, they have expanded their organics selection, so check it out. It’s still not a place where you could do all your organic shopping, but the convenience of being able to pick up some organic milk at Target may save you from having to make a special trip somewhere else just for organic milk. Most important to me, I saved time, money, and gas (carbon footprint) by combining my purchases at Target.

But if you’re looking to pick up a gallon of organic milk – or like many families – several gallons – you still can’t beat Whole Foods for organic milk at $5.69 per gallon. I suspect Whole Foods keeps the milk prices low to entice people to shop there for other items. But as I’ve posted before, you can find many great deals on organics at Whole Foods. It makes sense – as the largest organic grocer, they’ve got enormous purchasing power, and they can pass their savings on to their consumers.

Just last week, we talked here about organic strawberries at $4.99 per pound. Well, that was nothing! At mid-week, they were down to $3.49 per pound at Whole Foods stores in DC. Strawberries are a very important organic purchase, because they carry a high pesticide load and rank in the Environmental Working Group’s list of “The Dirty Dozen” most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables – the ones you should always buy organic. You can download a wallet card of the Dirty Dozen here, and carry it with you to the market.

And there is a definite taste difference as compared to conventional strawberries. As my toddler would say, Yum-may!

Happy shopping!

Did you find any good organic or green deals this week? Leave a comment and share!

— Lynn

Copyright 2008 OrganicMania

7 Responses to “Organic Savings on the Fly: Organic Milk & Organic Berries”

  1. Beth Terry on June 10, 2008 2:01 am

    Okay, I followed you on Twitter and set up an account. Now I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do or what it’s good for. Can you help?


    Oh, twitter, you learn by twittering …and following your friends. It seems weird at first, but it can be a really useful tool for keeping up with blogs, with trends, learning what’s going on…Welcome! You could tweet about your plastic issues as they happen! — Lynn

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  4. Jade on January 26, 2009 8:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing your research and experience.

  5. Varsha on February 2, 2009 6:49 pm

    excellent article!!! I really enjoyed reading it and thank you for your tips.

  6. Organic & Happy on July 3, 2010 11:17 am

    Thanks for the post, this is an enlightening topic…Organic Consumers Association is a great resource for information on organic milk; they’ve even run a few tests.

    No matter what our choices, we have plenty of options…For one, we can always purchase locally.

    Or, use this as an opportunity to get organic savings; experiment with the cheaper options. There are tons of recipes out there for milks made of nuts, grains, beans, and even zucchini (a very low calorie milk 😉

    Pre- make these in one sitting and grab as you need. You can get your starter ingredients affordably from a local provider or purchase them in bulk from a certified grower at a chain. I’ve written a bit more about locating your local options and finding low prices on organic quality ingredients…all on my site.

    Be Well

  7. Lynn on July 6, 2010 6:47 pm

    Very good points, Tina! Glad you liked the post. I have to confess, I had never heard of zucchini milk before!

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