Well, turns out, I don't have to do either. My friend Declan told me there's a Trader Joe's grocery store as close as Old Town, Alexandria, and since I work about three miles from there, I decided to give it a try.
Guess what? I LOVE Trader Joe's! Wait, let me not go that far--I'm in like with Trader Joe's. Although the store is ridiculously small, parking was easy (yep, even in Old Town), the prices were great and I left the store guilt-free. It was wonderful! And to prove it, I documented some of the items I found, including the prices...
I didn't buy any of these tampons, I was just surprised to find them.
That's right, almond butter and sunflower seed butter. I didn't get any though, lol.
A half gallon of Vitamin D milk was $1.89, which is what I normally paid. The prices were the same or better than I'd find in the regular grocery store, filled with super processed foods. I wish I'd been shopping here all along! I haven't tasted everything I got yet, but so far, the milk, salad, fruit, etc. has been just as tasty as I expected. I can't wait to try the rest!
Surprised that shopping organically is easier than I thought,