Getting your hands on grass-fed meats, wild seafood, pastured chickens, paleo-friendly pantry items and locally grown produce is pretty easy for me living in Southern California, and for that I am very thankful. Unfortunately, I am in the minority and many of you have been asking where to source high-quality goods if you live in most pockets of the country where finding them is much more challenging if not downright impossible.
Here is my guide for where to get great stuff online and how I shop at my local stores. Many offer a first-time shopping discount to my followers as well so you can try it out for yourself. Unless otherwise noted, I have personally purchased products and worked directly with these vendors and trust the quality of the foods they offer.
These companies have also been big supporters of my TV show, Camille’s Paleo Kitchen, so it would be great for you to support them as they helped make the show happen!
I have a free Paleogasm Starters Guide that includes my paleo pantry list and essential kitchen tools.
Meat & Seafood
TX Bar Organics
Wild Things Seafood
Find a local farm and ask about pig and cow shares. You can get a huge discount on great stuff, but you will nee to go in with some other friends/family and/or buy a chest freezer to store it all!
Paleo Pantry Staples
Body & Beauty Care
I love this extensive line of clean products. The founder of the company was on Camille’s Paleo Kitchen in Season 1 and taught us to make these ourselves. You can watch that awesome episode here.
How to Shop Locally
Each Costco stocks different items depending on the demands from the customers in their region, so you may not be able to find everything on this list at your Costco. People have asked if its ok to buy organic meat at Costco. Obviously if you have an unlimited food budget and access to local meats, do that! Many people dont, and this is a MUCH better option, in my opinion, than buying conventionally raised meat.
Here’s what I currently buy at the local San Diego Costco:
- Nutiva Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil (for aioli)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Kerrygold Grass-Fed Irish Butter
- Amazing Grass Green Powder
- Dried Fruit & Nuts (not usually organic, but will choose when available)
- Almond Butter (also not organic)
- Organic Fresh & Frozen Berries
- Earthbound Farm Organic Power Greens
- Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water
- Suja Green Juice
- GT Daves Kombucha
- Organic Grass Fed Beef & Bison
- Organic Whole Chickens
- Organic Sugar (for homemade kombucha)
- Dijon Mustard
- Artichoke Hearts
- Oven-dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil (yum)
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Hemp Seeds
I try to only shop at Whole Foods for things I know I can’t get anywhere else or when I’m out of town. I recommend getting on your local Whole Foods mailing list for weekly discounts also as you can stock up on things when they’re on sale (like high-quality meat and seafood).
While it doesn’t have everything I need (good-quality meat is limited), they have great sales and most everything to stock your pantry. I go to Sprouts most weeks just to stock up on things on sale and for raw milk and cheese. When I can’t make it to the farmers market, I buy my organic produce there as well.
Local Health food Stores:
Some have better prices than others, but in general I like to stock up on things on sale. Again, get onto their mailing list to learn about weekly sales can save you lots.
These vary so much these days. Some have several isles on organic and natural foods and some make me want to cry. If this is your only option because of budget or limited options in your town, stick to shopping around the outside of the store. This is the fresh produce, meat and eggs. Avoid the center isles like the plague as thats where you will find all of the franken-food 😉