As I was grocery shopping last night, I realized something: if something has the green “I’m Local!” tag on it (I was at Fred Meyer last night but I know a lot of places do this), I’ll instantly go for the local item over the mainstream one. This happened more than once last night and I only bought enough items to check out in the Express lane.
I love supporting local brands. I love supporting small businesses and helping them grow. Even though they have no idea who I am as a consumer, I like the idea that I am supporting someone’s dreams by investing in their brand over and over again.
I figured there was no better time to share some of my favorite local brands than today. I’m starting with the items that you’ll find in a grocery store and will save more local items (like farmers market finds) for another day. So many brands, so little time!
Let’s start with my neighbors right here in Tualatin, shall we? I’ve been using Pacific broths for years now. On the very first day we moved here, we were returning the U-Haul and passed the “Pacific Foods” logo. I thought it was so random, but I Googled it and – what do ya know – that’s their headquarters! Pretty cool, if I do say so myself.
While we’re at it, here’s another big-name brand you’re probably familiar with. I buy all of my oats and flours (and sometimes superfoods like chia and flaxseed) from Bob’s Red Mill. It’s a bit more expensive but definitely worth it, as the quality can’t be beat.
I’ve tried so many chai concentrates over the years that I’ve completely lost count. The one I come back to over and over again, though, is the sugar-free chai concentrate from Oregon Chai. It’s real ingredients, tastes good, and is easy to find at most grocery stores – even places like Target carries it!
I’m in the same boat with espresso as I am with chai: I keep trying so many brands but come back to high-quality beans from Stumptown. For a long time, I would just go to Starbucks and buy their beans, but honestly I wanted to support a smaller company. Enter: Stumptown. I use the Hair Bender blend in place of espresso and grind it fresh for every cappuccino or latte – so worth it. I promise it makes a difference.
Keeping up with the drink theme, I’ll add Tazo to the list. I first started drinking this years and years ago, thanks to Starbucks. I love their Zen Green Tea blend and keep it stocked at all times.
There ya have it! Stay tuned for more inspiration to shop local! :)