Today, my friend Peekje and I went out exploring the two organic stores here in Stavanger – plus a few others 🙂 It was great to shop with Peekje, we were so excited to share information with each other. Plus she was able to read some of the German labels for me. Shockingly our organic stores have tons of German brands – Peekje told me that the health, green, and recycling thing is huge there!
I asked the cashier at one store if he knew where to get raw milk. Come to find out the milk in Norway is somewhat monopolized – all by the brand Tine. However there sold Organic Milk from Tine for only 2 NOK more (36 US cents) – so that will be my go to from now on. He said that he knew they treated and fed there organic milk cows well. One of the main reasons that I want raw milk though it to taste it, even if just once. I hear it is amazing. The other is because I want it in glass. I emailed Tine to ask if there cartons are lined with wax or plastic. Tine replied that the “milk carton has a plastic coating of Polyethylene (PE), which is called a polyolefin and consists only of carbon (C) and hydrogen (H).” He continued to say something about how the plastic and paper weld together – which was in Norwegian, and neither Ole or I understood. But the point is made, it is lined with PE or plastic #2. While plastic #2 is considered a safer plastic then #7, I still want to avoid it. I have my fingers crossed I will find a source!
Find #1: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in Glass
We have ACV in the general grocery stores here, but it is in plastic. That version only cost about 15 NOK for .5L. Sometimes there is another bottle of ACV, from Heniz, cost is 36 NOK for .5L but has a plastic lid. Then today I found – Demeter Apfelessig, naturtrüb – that is unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar in glass with a metal lid that cost only 36 NOK for .75L!
Find #2: Local Honey
OK well I found this a few days ago, but at the same store. This honey is called Økologisk Lynyhonning (Organic) and is from Flekkejord which is 100 kilometers away.
Find #3: Produce Bags
I have been on the hunt for some produce bags for ages now! I have been wanting to order some, because all the ones I have found here are outragous. Shipping them it was also going to be costly, I found a 2 for $10 USD deal, plus shipping to Norway – but was not sold, and boy am I glad I waited! I was in Søstrene Grenes yesterday and they had some sitting by the exit, I almost missed them since there exit and entrance are seperate! But get this, they were only 8 NOK ($1.50 USD) each! I am so excited!
Find #4: Saft in glass with metal lid, made locally
More on this coming later!