Baby Steps

We’ve had a fair amount of success in finding affordable, locally-sourced products. As I’ve previously discussed, local is a subjective term and you may find my parameters absurd. I’m okay with that; I’m going by the “closer-is-better” method. For instance, we had been buying flour tortillas from Texas or some-such place. Then we found these (Don Pancho is the name):

They're quite tasty too

Distance from here: 396 miles. Still a long day’s drive, but way better than Texas. We found delicious tortilla chips from Hood River, Oregon (Juanita’s), at a distance of 289 miles:


Bread, bagels, and buns are coming from nearby as well:


HFCS free, and a mere 350 miles from home. We buy our sandwich bread from these folks (Franz) too.

Yet we do not live on bread alone; we like yogurt too. Here’s some we really like:


The back of the cup has even better news:

Good news! Click to enlarge!

Natural ingredients, active cultures, 36 cents per cup (!), and made in Auburn, Washington-“only” 287 miles away. My East Coast readers may need some time to adjust to the reality of that last statement, but there it is nonetheless.  Out here, we often measure distance by time, so the idea of something coming from less than a day’s drive away is easy to grasp.

Having just written about the egg, I would be remiss in forgetting the chicken. We buy these at Safeway (where they bake their own bagels!), and they’re quite affordable for us:

We love cheap local protein

From Mount Vernon, Washington, where we have gazed in wonder at the snow geese and trumpeter swans, comes another type of fowl. I can huck one of these into the crock pot after breakfast with 2 cups of homemade BBQ sauce, and dinner will be all but ready after a busy day:

Chicken and slaw

The slaw takes mere minutes to make, the chicken is falling-apart tender, and very little is left over. Oh, yeah. So, I’ll keep trying to tighten the radius in a cheap and tasty way.


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3 Responses to Baby Steps

  1. laura says:

    If you want fresh tortillas and chips, go visit De Leon foods on Francis, in between Lidgerwood and Division. They have an entire factory set up there, and make fresh flour and corn tortillas and chips every day.

    Oh, and they have an awesome Mexican deli as well.

    • poorlocavore says:

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll try to check them out the next time we’re up there. Do they wholesale to other grocers, or do they just make product for their restaurant and store?

  2. laura says:

    I’m not sure if they wholesale to other grocers or not, but they do have huge amounts of tortillas and chips made there that are lined up and ready to zoom out the door.

    Their deli is a bit expensive, but if you ever have a chance to try their deli, do! It is incredible.

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