Since you know the Philly area, is/are there specific place(s) you suggest I do my grocery shopping?
Here are a few tips that anyone can use to find quality food in their respective locations…
http://www.eatwild.com – Here, you can find all local grass-fed meat, dairy, and pastured egg sources. The website allows you to search by state and local area by zooming in on the pin-pointed map. It provides locations, product info, and contact info for farms, grocery stores, and things of the like.
http://www.localharvest.com – This site provides all of the above for local organic food sources: Online Stores, Farms, CSA’s, Co-Ops, Grocery Stores, Restaurants, Wholesale outlets, and Farmer’s Markets.
For those who travel, I managed to MacGuyver this way of finding organics while on the road: Google Map search on my iPhone (this can be done a computer, too) a group of key words before or when I arrive in a different city/area. My searches include: Organic, Grocery, Market, Co-op, Farm, Local, Vegetarian, Vegan, Health, Holistic, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s. Although I’m not a Vegan, if a Vegan place was nearby I’d walk to and inquire if they knew of any other “health” locations in the area that were more up my alley. It’s always possible to find quality, organic food no matter where you are or where you’re from. For example, while I was on tour with my band we had a show in Toronto. Through a Google Map search I was able to find a Co-op that was 2 miles from the venue we were performing at that night (we were only in town for one night). We got into town early and I walked the 4-mile round trip to the Co-op so I could get a good meal for the night and purchase food for the next day, too. Yes, that’s a bit much, but it’s an example of how it’s certainly possible to find organic food just about anywhere; it just takes a little creative effort and an understanding of the value that quality, organic food bring to life.
As for Philly, I highly recommend Birchwood Dairy Farms in Newtown, PA. They sell high-quality raw milk, raw cheese, raw butter, pastured eggs, grass-fed meats, fresh juice, homemade ice cream, and much more.