Finding Local Food

Today I challenged myself to buy local food during my trip to Whole Foods! While not everything is from Illinois, I allowed my self a one-state-away radius.

Here is what I came home with:

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Kilgus Farmstead Skim Milk (Fairbury, IL) – At Kilgus Farmstead, milk is produced all-natural, without added rBST, in small batches and delivered at the peak of freshness. Kilgus Farmstead is Central Illinois’ only farmstead milk bottling creamery. Kilgus sells All-Jersey Creamline milk including whole milk, two percent milk, skim milk, half and half and heavy cream.

Traders Point Creamery Wildberry Yogurt (Zionsville, IN) – The happy and healthy herd at Traders Point Creamery produce organic, 100% grass-fed milk high in the proteins and naturally occurring healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids. The products are made without preservatives, additional coloring or flavoring.

Milk & Honey Cinnamon Raisin Granola (Chicago, IL) Milk & Honey Granola was first produced in spring of 2002 when Milk & Honey Cafe opened in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.  Milk & Honey Granola is made from all natural ingredients with no preservatives and no trans-fat.  It is made of whole grain oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, almonds and dried cherries combined with hints of coconut, honey and brown sugar and is naturally high in fiber and antioxidants.

Farmers’ All Natural Creamery Organic Authentic Low Fat Cottage Cheese (Kalona, IA) – Farmers’ All Natural Creamery is a full-line, organic dairy processing plant owned and operated by Amish and Mennonites that started in 2004. All of their products are minimally processed and come straight from Midwest family farms surrounding the Creamery. Their purpose is to maintain high quality dairy products, so that every nutrient is left in as natural a condition as possible.

DCI Cheese Co. Great Midwest Habanero Jack Cheese (Richfield, WI) – Nestled in the heart of America’s Dairyland for more than 30 years, the Richfield, Wisconsin-based DCI Cheese Company is committed to supplying their customers with the highest quality, handcrafted, domestic and imported cheeses.

Some may argue that buying local food is more expensive then conventional. I bought 1/2 gallon of milk, a 30 oz bottle of yogurt (about 5 servings), 1 lb of granola, a 16 oz container of cottage cheese and an 8 oz wheel of cheese for $25. You be the judge, but extraordinary flavor, great nutritional value, and the opportunity to support local farmers is well worth the price for me!

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