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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 16:48
My eating-well-on-a-budget challenge and some of the responses to it have made me wonder about the demographics of the site. Want to share?

Where are you from? Do you live in an urban, suburban, small town, or rural setting? (Or something else, if I've left off categories.) Where do you shop for food? Anything else you want to add?

My answers: I live in Oakland, California and spend a lot of time there and in Francisco. I'm very much an urban animal. I do much of my shopping at a sort of hippie yet also upscale store called the Berkeley Bowl (think hardcore version of Whole Foods), Chinatown produce markets, my local farmers market, and sometimes a regular supermarket.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 17:21
I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. Which is pretty much the sticks lol I am very much a rural girl living in the city for convenience. I shop pretty much everywhere, most of my grocery shopping is done at Wal-mart but I do some of it in the natural heath food stores, and the farmers markets. Unfortunatly I do not know too much about the city I live in (even though I have lived here since I was 1Cool so if there are any really good markets its beyond me.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 17:22
and that 1 with the cool face was supposed to be 17

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 17:36
I live in Queens, NYC. Good quiet town in the middle of a very urban city. I do 99% of my food shopping in Super Stop and Shop, its the same as every other big chain supermarket in America. I have access to every food market you can think of, but S and S is open till midnight so its convenient.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 17:48
I have lived in a small rural farming community in Northern Connecticut for the past 6 years. We moved here from Southern California where we lived for 20 years. I am a New Englander born and bread and was happy to move back home. Living in a farming community in the Connecticut River Valley is a foodie's dream. Access to locally grown produce at farmer's markets and community gardens, locally raised organic grass fed beef, organic chickens & eggs and oh, do I dare say "icecream". I also grow my own garden both veg and herbs. We are sad to see summer/fall go since the bounty of what we have here dwindles which forces us to resort back to the megamart once again. I do freeze and can some but not enough to get thru the winter.
I am an IT Manager by day. In my spare time I am involved in my church, we are in the process of building one after finally raising the necessary funds. Church has been at the highschool auditorium for the past 6 years. I am a community volunteer at the local food bank and at our weekly community supper for the needy. We currently feed over 200 people every Wednesday night, up over 100% from this time last year. I have a very full and fulfilling life and those who know my story know it has not been easy this past year, but this journey I am not on would never have been possible without it!


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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 17:57
Hi All, I live in Ocala, Florida (central florida) and am a Realtor by trade. I need to get very serious about my health because I am trying hard to get my diabeties under control. My weight loss goal is 50 pounds and to get off of my diabeties medication. We have waaaaaay to many great places to eat here in Florida and I have really picked up weight in the last year. I joined the 10lbs by Thankgiving Challenge and I'm looking forward to it.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 18:49
I'm from Ontario, Canada but lived in southern Louisiana for about 4 years and now have just moved to Oklahoma.

I've not yet found many specialty food stores but I know a Whole Foods is in the works.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 18:53
Washington State, born and raised Smile not much in this tiny town for stores, but we have a great farmers market!

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 19:22
I am living in the north island of New Zealand, in a small town called Whangarei, there's probably approx 70,000 residents. Its surrounded by rural areas so every Saturday morning I go to the farmers market for fresh fruit, veges, and 'deli' type meats from local farmers. I also shop at the local supermarket, but I want to get into the habit of shopping at the butchers & the farmers markets, and only going to the supermarket for a few things. I am lucky enough that hubby and I are well off enough to not have to worry about the healthier food being more expensive, plus I love food so eat good quality, healthy food is a priority for me (in saying that, I do eat crap food sometimes!).

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 19:50
Hello I'm from Philippines. During the weekdays I work as a database administrator at Makati City and do my own cooking. On the weekend I travel 155km to Olongapo City back to my wife's great home cooking... yumyum. We get our food source both at the supermarket and farmers market. If you can't measure it... don't eat it. I check FS database for brands available here. I hope more Filipino meals be uploadedWink

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 20:09
I live in Portland, Oregon. I usually get my groceries at the Whole Foods three blocks away, occasionally I'll hit the farmers markets or other organic-type stores, and occasionally I'll visit Fred Meyer to stock up on staples. We used to get an organic produce box delivered twice a month, but we couldn't keep up with all the food we got, actually. There are way, way too many great restaurants in this city, and not enough time or calorie allowances to eat at them all.

Oh, and for what it's worth, I work in commercial banking and I ride my bike everywhere, including to work. And I love to read while walking.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 20:27
I'm born and bred Northern MN. We only have Super One, Walmart, and a couple small grocery stores in my immediate area. There's a farmer's market for a very short time here, but it doesn't last long. Sometimes you can catch a veggie truck in a parking lot too.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 20:48
I live in a small town in Eastern Washington state. We have one grocery store unless you wanna drive 12 miles to Wal Mart. This store is so expensive. Love the Farmers market in the summer.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 21:13
I live in American Samoa on Tutuila Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean half way between Hawai'i and New Zealand. I guess I would call it mostly rural, but a better description would be island. We have limited food choices and the choices varies tremendously week to week. I shop in several small stores and two relatively large retail establishments, one of which is sort of like Costco.

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 21:26
Ontario, Canada !

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 21:27
Los Gatos, CaliforniaLaughing

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 21:31
British columbia, canada.... stay at home mom of two school aged kids...

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 21:42
Ann Arbor, Michigan (about 35 minutes west of Detroit) Bad Grin

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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 22:01
Phoenix AZ for the moment, before that Boston, before that Philadelphia (which I still consider "home"Wink and I was born in a small town in PA and grew up there. Hoping to move to CA (or anywhere but here really) sooner rather than later.

I shop pretty much exclusively at Sprouts, which is sort of a cross between Whole foods and Trader Joes. Although now that the summer is over, I will get back to the farmers markets more often. I can't deal with the 110 heat long enough ot shop outdoors in the summer. My BF shops at Frys, which is just like any other American grocery store. He eats what i cook, but buys his own meat, eggs, and other things. I usually go with him but rarely buy anything. There isn't much there I would buy... I do the "no ingredients that I don't know what they are" rule. And the produce is better at Sprouts by a mile.
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Posted: 14 Oct 2010, 23:15
Middle of Nowhere, ND, pop. 700. One tiny grocery store in town, not much selection and pricey. I'll stop in there if I need flour or something else small. Nearest big grocery store is 35 miles away. I do the shopping for 2 weeks-worth of meals. The only bad thing is that a lot of produce doesn't keep well for that long, especially mushrooms, which I love! Farmer's market one day a week during Aug. and Sept. Sometimes I really miss the conveniences of living nearer a "big" city!

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