Since moving back to North Dakota four months ago for the first time since high school, I’ve had a challenging time trying to eat the way I had become accustomed to eating in the Twin Cities. Whole Foods and the occasional visit to the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market made me happy — I got organic almost everything, except Fresca, and for that I went to Holiday.
And before I moved back here, I did some grocery store research — one shocker was that in the entire state of North Dakota, there is no Whole Foods. So I packed six big boxes of organic black tea, a bunch of organic spices and decided I would have to figure out the rest of it. Let me share where I have to go to recreate my grocery list here in Dickinson — it hasn’t been easy, but I’m getting used to it.
- Eggs — I get from my neighbor who gets them fresh from the farm
- Organic milk, organic potatoes, organic bananas, organic spaghetti sauce, organic granola –Walmart (yes, you can find these if you do some searching)
- Organic Ezekiel bread — Colors of Health mart in downtown Dickinson
- Organic lettuce — Dan’s Supermarket
- Produce in season — Dickinson Farmer’s Market
- Organic specialty items — azure.com
- Array of organic produce — occasionally order from bountifulbaskets.org — well-organized volunteer group help unload the trucks and distribute weekly orders
Still on my wish list: reliable, accessible supply of organic black tea bags — I might start asking my relatives to mail this to me. And I’m still discovering the best place where to find grass-fed beef and natural chicken.
The following may surprise you: Not only is North Dakota No. 2 in the nation in oil production, we’re No. 2 in organic farming, behind California. So why can’t we get a Whole Foods or even a Trader Joe’s here? And dare I say it, I would whole-heartedly welcome a Proposition 37 here in North Dakota, too. The Minneapolis Star Tribune did a recent editorial supporting the California measure, as well. What’s wrong with labeling GMOs? Walking down the cereal aisle would bring a smile to my face if that were to happen. Then I would know — right now, there’s no way to know. I think I have a right to know.
If you’ve got ideas for my grocery list, let me know. If you know why there’s no Whole Foods, in North Dakota, let me know. If you do or don’t support a Proposition 37 measure to be on the ballot in the future in North Dakota, let me know.