Have you heard the buzz about Trader Joe’s coming to Austin? The California grocer is putting down roots all over Texas, bringing lots of Two Buck Chuck and traffic. While we wish ‘em the best, we’d be plum silly if we didn’t point out what sets Greenling apart, and why we hope you’ll keep shopping with us to support the Central Texas local food community.
Greenling’s family of farmers work hard to grow the best organic and sustainably-grown produce around. We help local farmers by providing an easy, cost-effective way for them to get their food to you. We work with any size producer, from a backyard gardener to large local farmers, and we offer flexible receiving and fair prices to make it easy for farmers to work with us. It doesn’t matter what the season is, you can always find delicious, sustainable local produce in the Local Box! Summer is one of the toughest growing seasons in Texas, but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop supporting our hardworking farmers! Weird-shaped produce? Bring it on! Greenling customers LOVE discovering new fruits and veggies.
One way Greenling really separates itself from the pack is with our meat. Unlike other stores, Greenling only carries meat that is hormone free and without antibiotics. We work with ranchers who pasture their animals, allowing them to graze on grass and not GMO feed. We can’t say the same for the meat that lines the shelves at some other stores. If it was up to us we would rather not gamble with any mystery meat.
But what about the snacks? Yep, we’ll admit it. We like cookie butter just as much as the next foodie. After reading the labels on the store-bought variety, though, we’d rather make our own. (See below for a recipe!) Eating well is about more than just fruits and vegetables. At Greenling, the commitment to local and organic extends to all our products! Every food we carry is free from harmful additives, including High-Fructose Corn Syrup, MSG, nitrates and nitrites, and artificial sweeteners. All of our Certified Organic products are GMO-free, and we only work with local food artisans who avoid known GMOs in their products. If you have a hankerin’ for the latest, greatest snack foods, look no further than our Farmstead Box for a local option!
If after reading all this, you’re still excited to visit TJ’s, we understand. We know it will take more than just one company to change the food system, and we hope that someday Trader Joe’s might share our commitment to sustainability. Until then, read the labels carefully and opt for organic choices while you’re there. And if you get home after all the crowds and find that you still need local peaches and makings for homemade cookie butter, lettuce know! We’ll be here, working with local farmers to bring it right to your doorstep.