While the super store might not be the first to come to your mind when it comes to shopping organic, it definitely should be and here’s the reasons I buy organic foods at Walmart.
This post has been sponsored by Stonyfield Organic. All opinions are my own.
It’s no secret that I live in a very rural area of East Tennessee. I’ve shared that fact quite a few times and it always comes up when I talk about choosing green and organic options for my family. It’s true that most of our grocery stores are just now starting to carry organic products and alternative food choices like gluten and vegan options.
While I’ve been aware of the foods my family should and shouldn’t be eating for awhile now, it seems that a lot of people in my small town are just now starting to have the non-GMO conversation. It’s just not talked about here, or didn’t used to be, like in larger cities. In fact, I didn’t really know anything about the subject myself until I saw the documentary Food Inc. I shared in my post, 14 Surprising Things that I Learned on My First Organic Farm Tour, that Mr. Gary Hirshberg [co-founder of Stonyfield Organic] was, in fact, the main reason I decided to go mainstream green with my family’s food and product choices.
While shopping at specialty health stores is great for some, most of America [believe it or not] do not always have those resources. Today I’m here to say that you can totally join the green lifestyle without shopping at those types of stores and here are the 5 main reasons that I buy my family’s organic foods at Walmart.
The closest specialty grocery store to me is about an hour drive. The closest Whole Foods is closer to 2 hours. That’s just not a possibility for us on a regular basis when our local Walmart is just 5 minutes away. I actually prefer our Walmart to other local grocery stores because of their organic selection, which leads me to reason number two…
We haven’t always had lots of organic choices at our local Walmart. As I said, it seems to really have started to happen in just the last year or two. But I am SO glad it has and that our community is starting to regularly buy these products so they are re-stocked often and with even more choices.
Our selection of Stonyfield Organic yogurts has continued to grow this past year as well, even outside the usual YoKids line.
Organic Store Brands
I am SO excited about that Walmart has been creating their own line of organic products. When I’m sticking with a fairly strict budget, I often buy store brands like Walmart’s Great Value brand and to have organic options like this is a great way to stick to a budget while still choosing organic for my family.
Walmart is definitely open to coupons and even price matching. This is a great way for saving money on organic food. You can find some great coupon resources in my How to Buy Organic post. Here’s a hint for getting great savings on Stonyfield… be sure to sign up for their newsletter to receive coupons sent straight to your inbox!
Let’s face it – price often drives the products we choose. While it’s easy to say “organic is better for you” there are families that simply think they can’t afford organic products. Companies like Stonyfield are working to change that perception. As I said, that’s one of the main reasons that I started buying Stonyfield products years ago. I remember seeing Mr. Hirshberg’s interview and how important it was that every family have access to his premium brand. That in itself is the main basis of my blog… making green easy and accessible to everyone!