Three weeks into the year and I started running out of household staples: flour, toothpaste, cereal, and tampons. Great.
My 2012 answer for three of these items would have been Trader Joes. But, knowing they really aren’t a “small company” I wanted to try a different store first.
Fruitful Yield has been my go-to for vitamins for a few years. They’re kind of a cross between a co-op and an itty-bitty Whole Foods. They do have 11 locations (so they probably aren’t technically small either), but only in Illinois.
They have, by far the best prices on vitamins and supplements. The mango fish oil we buy (seriously, my son loves it!) is almost $7 cheaper than it is at Whole Paycheck.
The other item I buy here is- sorry guys, told you it was going to get a little personal – organic cotton tampons.
Let me jump on my soapbox for one second ladies. Yes, organic tampons are more difficult to find, and yes they are more expensive. BUT, here’s why you should go to great lengths to find them and make the switch. Almost every other brand is made with a mix of cotton & synthetic fibers, petroleum-based materials, and bleaching agents. Cotton has the highest use of pesticides/insecticides of any crop. You certainly wouldn’t want to ingest pesticide-laden cotton, or have it absorbed into your bloodstream. Additionally, dioxin (produced during the bleaching process) is carcinogenic and some researchers suspect a link between dioxin and endometriosis. I don’t know why, but I swear my periods are at least two days shorter using them too.
Back to Fruitful Yield. If you have questions regarding vitamins, supplements, or dietary changes, the employees here are very knowledgeable. While they do have some grocery items (I swear Barbara’s Jalapeño & blue cheese Cheese Puffs are crack- and I don’t like blue cheese or Jalapeños),
they are generally more expensive than you’ll find at most other locations.
That said, if you have dietary restrictions or need staples for food allergies, they will have it.
Helpful hint- ask at the counter for the current Mambo Sprouts booklet. They’re just like the Whole Foods store coupons, only you can use them anywhere. But, you have to ask for them.