There are a few foods that I am struggling to find the organic variety of. The first is grapes. I’m not talking fancy; just your classic, red, seedless globe grapes. These used to be a staple in our house and Beckett would pop them in her mouth at a fast and furious pace, but our refrigerator has been empty of these delicious snacks since January. Organic grapes appear to not exist. And, maybe you can’t grow them without pesticides… I don’t know.
The second item is chicken. I have been able to find oodles of great local, organic chicken – but only WHOLE chicken. We will roast a chicken once in a while and enjoy the whole bird, but I don’t like dark meat and just eat the chicken breasts. Jacob enjoy a thigh or good drumstick, but grudgingly admits that the white meat is A LOT healthier. We used to eat chicken at least once a week, but I have not been able to find organic, free-range, skinless chicken breasts to save my life. And, I have been missing my girls.
So, imagine my delight when I stumbled upon LOCALish, ORGANIC, FREE-RANGE, SKINLESS CHICKEN BREASTS at an AFFORDABLE price in the cooler at Costco. I was ecstatic. I literally squealed with delight. I turned into a shopper on the gameshow Supermarket Sweep. I grabbed package upon package, draped them across my arms and ran to meet Jacob in the produce section. Needless to say, I was met with wide-eyed disbelief. All I could do was sputter out sentence fragments in my attempt to explain the treasure that my arms were laden with.
The chicken came in packages of three – each package having two breasts in it. It was $5.99/pound and the threesome ran about $15.00. Well, I had snagged six packages at $15 each… But, my reasonable (and recently un-employed husband) gently shushed me with his pointer finger, grabbed my chubby cheeks in his two hands and acknowledged my excitement with a calm nod. Being that he is both levelheaded and money wise, he reminded me that utilities and other basic necessities come before chicken. So, with a heavy heart I slumped back to the cooler and said good-bye to three beautiful packages of chicken.
Yes, we spent $45 on chicken. But, if I had been up to me, the mortgage would have been spent on chicken. I kept pointing out to Jacob that we DO have a deep freezer – but he wouldn’t budge. I will enjoy my eighteen chicken breasts. And, hope against hope, that Costco continues to stock my beloved. There is a saying: “There’s always next time” – but you never know with Costco. Is there a next time?
You can bet your bottom dollar that the next time we have a little extra money – I’m going to Costco.
And, hey, if you find organic red grapes – please give me a shout out!
Coastal Range Organics
P.O. Box 87
Kelso, Washington 98262