What I found!

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!

6 Responses

  1. Jette March 9, 2011 / 08:51

    I’m living in Germany, and yup, I guess it’s easier to stay green here than in many other countries. Originally, I’m from Hamburg, but I’m now living in a smaller town with a population of about 80’000 people – and there are four organic stores, two strictly organic supermarkets plus a farmer’s market (twice a week) with local products, mostly organic, and two shops with organic beauty products only within a five minutes WALKING distance from my appartment. In addition, you get a number of organic brands in many other stores as well (Weleda products, for example, are available in every drug store – and they’re more affordable here than in any other countries…). So while I can’t say much about the “greenness” of this country in general, I know that there’s no lack of green opportunities!
    And by the way, you should definitely be safe with the ACV by Demeter – as far as I know, Demeter is one of the companies with the strictest criteria for their products. I’m looking forward to your next posts, and feel free to let me know if you need help with other German labels!

    • anonymous January 27, 2012 / 01:20

      What town of Germany do you live in?

  2. Fonda LaShay March 9, 2011 / 19:08

    awe, thanks! I love that there are plenty of green opportunities! That makes it so much better and easier!

    Good to know about Demeter, I have seen many of there products here in the organic store!

  3. EcoCatLady March 12, 2011 / 19:36

    I keep forgetting to do the math and then my comment gets deleted…

    Anyhow… I think you should try raw milk at least once, although I do have a bit of a fear of drinking it regularly because it’s so easily contaminated with ecoli. I’ve only had it one time, when I was traveling and staying on a farm in NewZealand. They served milk fresh from the cow at breakfast (fresh meaning it was still warm). I was a bit squeamish about trying it but I didn’t want to be rude so I had a glass. OMG – it was the most delicious thing ever! It didn’t taste remotely like the stuff you get at the grocery store. In the US it’s actually illegal to sell raw milk, so you have to go directly through a farmer to get it. Don’t know if it’s the same in Norway or not.

    And coincidentally… other than the New Zealand incident, I always hated milk until I came to Norway. When I was growing up my mother always served skim milk. Yuck! I hated it, but she wouldn’t let me leave the table until I drank the whole glass. So it would sit there until it got warm and then I’d have to force myself to chug it. UG… it still makes me feel like puking. I thought milk was the most disgusting thing ever. But when I came to Norway I discovered whole milk… plus I think the cows are mostly grass fed there (or at least they were 25 years ago when I lived there.) My very favorite food was “vafler med brunost” with a big glass of cold milk. Yum!

    Good luck on your raw milk quest!

  4. Fonda LaShay March 12, 2011 / 23:59

    oh no! ill see if i can find one that does not delete if you forget.

    Yeah, I have been hearing about how it is illegal in the States. I don’t know if it is illegal here. what I do know is that Tine owns all the milk farms, and anytime a new tiny one pops up they buy them out. So I will have to find a farmer who is willing to sell to me, that is not owned by tine. I would even take normal pasteurized milk from the farmer, i just need it in glass – not plastic/paper.

    So the hunt is always on, I ask everyone wherever I go – I get two answers. 1 – Tine owns the milk, good luck. and 2 – there are some farmers they know a few hours away that might be willing. I think they are still grass feed. I have seen this video where they feed cows here grass mixed with sorlands chips that are ‘not big enough to sale’ – was interesting.. ill hunt for the link.

  5. Chris Hill June 15, 2011 / 09:27

    Hey Fonda, 3 months later and I’m curious if you’ve had any luck yet. My sister, a nurse and budding nutritionist, has been touting the benefits of raw milk for years. Recently she shared this article with me, as well as the recommendation to read a book entitled “The Untold Story of Milk” (the newer revised edition). Anyway, thanks for this quest. Hope it yields some positive answers. http://mises.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=bf16b152ccc444bdbbcc229e4&id=61b2cf3ce5&e=08518f33d5

What do you think?