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whats up ATL where are you!?

Started by Rebecca Pinson. Last reply by AndreasOlivier Mar 31. 1 Reply

Happy New Year ATL wtf is going on with this weather? I'm super interested to meet some raw atl friends while I'm here where are you guys?! Anyone want to rock climb or play racket ball  till the…Continue

Bulk Dates Purchase

Started by Nate R. Last reply by Kenneth Ruff Sep 29, 2013. 11 Replies

Would anyone like to share an order of dates from the Bautista Family? They will start shipping next week. Their website is http://www.7hotdates.com/ It looks…Continue

Atlanta Sept 6 & 7

Started by Nicholas Perry Jul 31, 2013. 0 Replies

Hello Atlanta Fruit Lovers!I'm a freelance violinist, based in New York City, and I'm booked to do a show in Atlanta area September 6 & 7. I'm hoping to find a raw foodie to meet and visit with…Continue

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Looking for people who are eating vegan in the ATL/Athens GA area.

Started by Tina Majsztrik. Last reply by Ben May 12, 2013. 2 Replies

They recommend finding a buddy to talk to about the process.  I haven't read the book 80-10-10 yet, but have been 'trying' to eat only raw vegan.  So far about 1/2 vegan raw 1/2 vegetarian cooked. …Continue

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Comment by Rachel Fleming on January 7, 2012 at 10:33am

Alright, everyone. I am buying my first case of bananas and dates in two days and I am excited. I am also half way through the 811 diet book. I haven't been 95% raw for the last month and 100% for the past week or two. I am going completely 811 soon. Yay! :D

Comment by Rachel Fleming on December 5, 2011 at 1:21am

Thanks Nate Ritchie and Honeydew Gonne! All of this really helps a lot! I think I know how I can get started now. Thank you!

Comment by Honeydew Gonne on December 3, 2011 at 12:03pm

Hi Rachel, my advice would be to speak with those who manage the grocery stores you frequent.  See if you can buy bulk from those stores.  Also, there are companies that specialize in bulk orders of specific fruits, such as dates.  Nate Ritchie posted a link on this discussion for such a sight,  and it looks pretty goo!  Also,  it would be helpful in speaking with store management to see if they'd sell you the ripened fruit at a reduced price.  There is likely a certain time each day that such fruits are thrown out, and then you could claim them!!

Also, are doing well with cost.  The lowest amount I've gotten by on for each week is 60$.  It is a process!  Hope this helps!

Honeydew

Comment by Nate R on December 3, 2011 at 4:53am

Hi Rachel. You can search for produce wholesalers on this website: http://www.careersingrocery.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/showResourcesL...

Birmingham is a big city so there may be a bunch of wholesalers combined in the same location. When you call the companies ask if they sell to the public on a cash basis. Some also have an email list with weekly items and prices.

To save money my staples are bananas, dates, and oranges or mangoes depending on the season. I typically eat one meal of bananas most days of the year. Use the EWG Shoppers Guide to strategically purchase conventional items. Buy an extra used refrigerator if necessary to store extra produce. Putting the refrigerator on the coldest setting helps produce last longer.

Comment by Rachel Fleming on December 3, 2011 at 3:18am

Thanks for the reply, Honeydew Gonne! That helps a lot. Right now, my grocery bill is about $80 a week. I am did find a local grocery store that marks down bananas a decent amount.

What do you have to say about finding a wholesaler?

Comment by Honeydew Gonne on December 2, 2011 at 1:54pm

Hi Rachel!  Most grocery stores mark fruit down in price that is aged or bruised.  I would buy such pieces if they don't look too far gone, particularly apples.  Also, it helps to buy in bulk.  Do not buy fruit pre-cut, as that ups the price greatly.  Compare prices between stores and buy specific fruits where they are cheapest.  Also, though some do not agree with me, you do not need to buy all fruits organically.  Fruits that have thicker skins, such as bananas and oranges, you are pretty safe eating non-organic.

Ok, this was not the most organized advice, but I hope it helps!  Good luck!

Honeydew

Comment by Rachel Fleming on December 2, 2011 at 10:58am

Hello All! So, I am actually from Alabama and living in Birmingham. There wasn't a group for AL yet so this was the next best thing!

I am looking to make contacts and understand the best method of implementing this lifestyle as a permanent change. So, far I have been going to the grocery store and spending a lot of money. :(

How do I find the best deals on fruit!?

Please help!

Comment by Angela Fleming on November 14, 2011 at 12:36pm

New to 30 Bananas a day - any advice would be greatly appreciated...Would like to take it slow starting and then build up as I go along hoping that within 1 year from todays I can be 100% RAW.

Comment by Honeydew Gonne on November 2, 2011 at 10:30am
Thanks Nate; you provided me with lots of good information!  I would like to borrow that Fold-It Cart, as it would help me when walking with fruit from the Kroger!  Sadly, that is the only grocery in walking distance.
Comment by Nate R on October 30, 2011 at 12:16am

LOL I used to shop once per week in California without a car for 3 years. It makes me laugh to remember how fun it was!! I ran 3 miles up hill to the market pushing a 2 wheeled cart called a Fold-it. I've also got a bike trailer with 100 lb. capacity that I've loaded with 2 cases of bananas before. The other option which works well with public transit is a 2 wheeled folding hand truck. That way you can wheel the boxes to the bus/train then fold up the hand truck while your riding. I used to handle 80+ lbs. of food using that method and turned some heads in the process : ) I've got all three of these things right now and I'm not using any of them so if you want to borrow or try one let me know. I come to Dekalb 3 times per week for school.

 

I'm an unemployed full-time student right now so I try to save money too. YDFM ususally has the cheapest prices I know of. I usually just shop there once per week. My staples right now are cases of bananas, California valencia oranges. When mangoes are in season they are another cheap staple from YDFM. I also like the cactus fruit which is cheap like 30 cents each. Kiwis are a good price too but the ones from California won't be good until like February-March.

 

The valencia's from YDFM are fabulous right now!! The CA valencia season starts late summer so they are definitely riper than winter season citrus. Very low acid, easy to peel, few seeds, pretty sweet, easy to chew. They are organic distributed by Sundance Natural Foods Co. The case of 35 lbs. only cost $21 which is a steal!

 

My other staple is dates which I eat nearly every day. Fruitaholic and I went in on a bulk shipment from Bautista at $3.60 per lb. I've still got like 40 lbs.  in my freezer. If you want to purchase some to try let me know. I'll probably need to make another bulk purchase in January so I'll let you know if you want to share the cost.

 

I also get a weekly email from the Destiny Organics wholesaler at the State Farmer's Market. Their prices are usually not as good as YDFM. If you want to wheel-and-deal with the conventional retailers at the State Farmer's Market you can usually get some really good deals. Sometimes the produce ends up being rotten so it's often a toss-up if you save money or not. Another downside of the State Farmer's Market is it is farther away from Decatur.

 

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