Buy Organic Online: The Top Websites

Buy Organic Foods Online

Eating organic foods is admittedly the best way to go. The problem is that it can not only be expensive, but it can be hard to find the items that you want in an organic form, especially if you live in a small town!

Even if you live in a large area it can be impossible to find grass fed organic beef or even just plain old organic beef at your grocers. If you are looking for specifics you may be out of luck.

Once again the Internet comes to the rescue with a dizzying array of organic websites willing to deliver your selections directly to your door. Even so, it can be hard to sort through the various online stores, what foods they carry, and, if you are new to organics, you may have questions about what you need or want. The following is a list of the very best sources for organic items on the Internet, with the pros and cons, and other pertinent information you need to make a wise choice that you will love.

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Local Harvest

Local Harvest is my first choice. It is always best to buy food locally and support the local farmers and artisans as much as possible. With local harvest you get a list of farms and artisans in your area that are utilizing sustainable farming practices, certified humane practices, and are growing organically. Keep in mind that a lot of small farmers may be growing organically but can't legally advertise as being certified organic because the cannot afford the certification. When you are able to visit them and talk to them you are better able to judge their products. They may be using more sustainable, organic, humane methods than a certified organic farm. At Local Harvest you get links for the farmer's markets, the restaurants, farms, groceries, co-ops, online stores, and anything else that may be found with in a certain area. The website is very user friendly, with a clickable map, easy to understand navigation, and even a catalog for things that you may not be able to find locally. Another nice feature of the site is a forum where people can post questions, find answers, and share new finds. There is a place to post items that you are looking for, as well a items that others have to sell or give away. Recent discussions on my local board included organic turkey, The National Animal Identification System (NAIS), and where to find egg cartons. A blog that features different farms, an area to find all the current news that concerns small farms, organic farms, and sustainable farming practices are also easy to find and fun to read. On a scale of 1-10 the Local Harvest site has to get a definite 9.5 . I withhold the last half point because many of the sites have not been updated in years and it is frustrating to go to a site hoping for organic milk and find that they dairy is out of business. It would be good if they took the time to keep their links updated.

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Diamond Organics

Maybe I give preference to this next company because I met my husband and got married in Monterey, California, I don't know. I do know that the food there is among the best in the world, the freshest, the most flavorful. It is as close to eating in the French countryside as I have gotten. They offer free delivery on samplers and gift baskets, and ship everything else by weight. They offer nationwide delivery, a big plus because some of the other places really limit their delivery areas, and they ship for overnight. First thing that I saw was a coupon for 5% off your first order, and an offer of a free bottle of wine with a family pack. Obviously this company is comfortable giving and not just taking. Always a good sign. I checked out the vegetables and found organic heirloom tomatoes, mixed varieties, for 5.49 a lb. This is an excellent way to try different types like;Brandywine, Black Krim, Zebra, and other varieties you might not be familiar with. They carry a full line of groceries, organic fair trade coffees in a number of different Blends and varieties, many types of tea, soft drinks, juices and wines. There are also grains, spices, and everything you could want for your pantry shelf. An added bonus is that they do ship organic meats, and the selection is remarkable. Organic beef, wild caught fish, organic pork, lamb, and buffalo. Shellfish, crab, and even organic caviar is available. In the dairy section there is a selection of farmstead cheeses, organic cheeses of all sorts. Butters, milk, cream and even sheeps' milk! If you are vegan they have all kinds of soy products, including whipped cream, and rice based dairy products as well. The bakery section offers numerous types of organic breads, baked in a brick oven. The raisin nut rye looked especially appealing. If you are in to a raw foods diet they have an area that caters to your needs. Add a bouquet of gorgeous flowers to your order, they have those too. Understand, though, that the shipping charges could be astronomical depending on where you live. If you are not completely satisfied, your money will be cheerfully refunded, or item replaced. I give this site a 9. It was a little crowded, and while it was easily navigated it was visually confusing.

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The Organic Mall

The Organic Mall is just that. They have food, clothing, cleaning supplies, medicines, well, just think of it as your online, organic Super-Target store! Checking through the stores the prices are reasonable. If you are looking for organic cotton fabric, organic sheets for your baby's crib, or an earth friendly gift item it is here. Another click takes you to organic chicken feed and organic dairy feeds, dog and cat foods and various supplies. According to the website the Organic Mall Team travels to trade shows all over the country to bring you the most up to date and highest quality items available. Impressive is both their donation policy and mission statement. It seems that Every time you go through Organic Mall to shop with our companies, we will give a percentage of our proceeds to the following places: Cancer Society, Feed The Homeless, Greenpeace, Habitat, Humane Society, & Missing Children to mention a few. "They really appreciate you shopping at OrganicMall.com!". I give this site an 8. I didn't like it as well as the previous site, possibly because I found it hard to find exactly what I was looking for. I am very image oriented and there were more word descriptions of stores whereas I would have preferred picture links. However, the selection is incredible and it is nice to be able to get anything you are looking for, including fabric, in one spot.

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Organic Kingdom

Organic Kingdom offices are located in Orem, Utah.. They do ship internationally, which is a nice plus. Organic Kingdom has been around since 2000. They carry nutritional supplements as well as foods and personal products. They carried several grinds and types of whole wheat flour, although I was disappointed that I could not find organic wheat berries for grinding my own flour. 50 lbs of rolled oats were $44.86, which is about average for this amount. Again, keep in mind that you will have to pay shipping based on weight. It is always a good idea when buying food items online to try to order enough to make it worth while, even forming a co-op with friends of like mind. This company gets only a 7 from me because the left off coffee. Coffee is available in organic blends, as well as fair trade and organic, or shade grown and organic. The selections of the organic coffees tends to be minimal in my location so a company that provides them will rank higher on my personal list.

Greenshopper

Greenshopper.com is an excellent resource of almost everything. It is associated with Amazon to be able to offer a wide selection of products, and 10% of the money earned goes to support environmental issues. This would be the place to go before you went to Amazon. You do use your Amazon account to order the items, and therefore you have the Amazon experience and guarantees behind your purchases. Greenshopper does not carry ALL of the organic and environmentally friendly items that Amazon does, however so you may need to still check Amazon. I give this site a 9. It is easy to navigate, and environmentally friendly, and they do donate. However, the selection is smaller than many of the other places. This will be one to keep your eye on as it grows.

Amazon

Amazon is last but not necessarily least. It is the one you may not think of when you think of buying earth friendly or organic, and truly, the company sells organics not because it is the right thing to do but because they make money at it. That being said, typing the word organic in the search brings up pages and pages of items. I did not know that Kraft did an organic macaroni and cheese but here it is on Amazon! Organic bleach free disposable diapers are available. Disposable diapers are not good for the environment, however, for a long car trip or vacation they are very, very convenient! I even came up with something I never would have thought of on my own, organic brake pads for your car! I did a web search because I was not sure about this, machinery is not my forte, however it seems that many brake pads contain formaldehyde, asbestos and other not very nice things and you can actually buy types of brake pads that do not. I do believe, though, that the Amazon brake pad refers to the material it is made of, not the eco-friendliness of it. Searching for organic in the Gourmet Foods section brings up numerous types of coffees, teas, chocolates, and almost everything else. The prices are better than the purely organic online stores overall. Rocamojo Organic Gourmet Coffee, Wild French Roast, 3 lbs Whole Bean, sells for 21.64, which is comparable to the price at my local grocery for gourmet beans. Himilaya pink salt was among the offerings, as well as thousands of items that you just can't find anywhere else. I would give Amazon a 10 because their site is easy to navigate, however they carry things that are NOT earth friendly in the least, and as stated earlier, their desire to make money is the reason behind the organics, rather than the desire to do anything socially responsible, in my opinion. While they carry millions of environmentally friendly products I could find nothing on the business practices of Amazon its' self.

Just Do It

Shopping for organics online is an excellent way to support the environment and environmentally friendly companies. The carbon emissions caused by the shipping, would theoretically be off-set by what you are buying. The ability to find nearly anything you are looking for online is one of the best parts of the computer age.

Once again, remember to read the product descriptions carefully. Keep in mind that you will be paying shipping and possibly handling charges on top of the prices that you are paying. If a product is not as described, or not fresh, or there is some other problem be sure to let the company know immediately. Read all the company policies carefully so that you know what you are, and are not getting. Companies that sell organic foods and ethically produced products are often owned and run by people who genuinely care about the environment and the quality of life. However, like in anything else, some are not. As always, let the buyer beware.

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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

Great hub here! It's awesome to eat organic. I just wrote an article similar to this on hubpages as well, so I definitely support buying organic.


Anna 4 years ago

Here is another cool website selling local produce and artisan foods in Denver - http://cornerstore.fooducopia.com

And here is a website selling artisan foods nationwide http://fooducopia.com/


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princesswithapen 4 years ago

Mary

This is a fantastic list. I am bookmarking it and passing it around to friends who may be interested buying organic food online. Nicely done!

Princesswithapen


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megni 4 years ago

Good Hub. Interesting and useful information.


Debbie 4 years ago

FANTASTIC ARTICLE...who knew all of these resources were out there certainly not me. After watching forks over knives and being not only extremely shocked but also very disgusted my husband and I have decided to switch to a whole plant based food lifestyle, this new change will be taking place next week so your site was extremely helpful in making the change thanks so much.On a side note for those of you who have not seen this documentary I urge you to do so, you can watch it on netflix.


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citychick 5 years ago from Ulster County, New York

Great hub; organic is something I'm passionate about. I'm also a vegan, and hope to do some hubs on that subject here. Thanks for the information; it was very detailed.


Healthy Answers Girl 5 years ago

Very useful and educational site, thank you!


Hajar 5 years ago

Thank you very mch for this article. It was very informative.


Chloe Castro 5 years ago

Enjoyed your article - very informative.


Yiani77 5 years ago

Check this website out, organic local deliveries at the lowest prices out there , fast deliveries as well. Organicatyourdoor.com


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smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

wonderful information. what we have available online never seems to amaze me. thank you for another great hub


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Ashlea B 5 years ago

Thanks for the hub. I'm saving this link, so I can check out some of these sites. Living in a small town, we don't have a lot of "specialty stores" so organic, while somewhat available, is not as easy to come by. However, I try to buy what I can organic. And online option may be a good way to go.


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leeroper 5 years ago from UK

There are many organic shops online, some are very expensive and others are more acceptable prices. I would always recommend shopping around to see which shop has the best priced products that you need.


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viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

Nice hub! I am lucky to have a lot of organic choices available to me where I live.


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jseven 5 years ago from Michigan

Great hub on a very important subject! I am a big advocate of organics and have joined a raw milk share as well as buy from the local farmers. My oldest daughter and her husband have a mini-farm with goats, chickens, a cow, garden and plans to expand into full-time farming. We are also fans of Weston Price and Sally Fallon. God bless your writing and life. :)


ommomomoh 5 years ago

hehe love it!


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loves2cook 5 years ago from Portland, OR

This is a fantastic resource, thanks! I'm always fond of farmers' markets but rarely have the time to go... plus, most of them in my area are held early in the morning on weekends, and I tend to be a bit of a night owl :). This will help me find more stuff I can actually get to! Thanks for the informative hub.


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mviadam 5 years ago

My wife and I have been looking to do this for some time. Thanks for the advice on the sites!


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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Good article. Very informative and detailed. In the book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma", by Michael Pollan he discusses the governments role in organics. The government patented the word organics. Many stores that carry this label have produce that is not truly organic. According to the government if the produce has not been sprayed with chemicals within the last ninety days they can carry the organic label. That is not true organics.

The purpose of genetically modified crops is to make them resistant to Mon Santo's herbicide weed killer Roundup. Correct me if I am wrong. My understanding is, Roundup can be used to kill weeds, but not kill crops. The problem is this, our food source will have been contaminated with the herbicide weed killer Roundup, which is not safe. The government does not care if our food or water supply is safe. Anyway some good books to read include: "The End of Food", Paul Roberts, "In Defense of Food", Michael Pollan and "Mindless Eating", by Brain Wansink, PH.D.. Thanks for another good article. Teresa


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suejanet 5 years ago

Good information. Always looking for ways to improve my diet.


marie 5 years ago

hi,

where does that take place? Is it only in USA?


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Sunnyglitter 5 years ago from Cyberspace

We follow a primarily organic diet. Thanks for a great list of sites!


Kevin 5 years ago

Thank you for the great list of organic websites. Having resources like this is making it so much easier to live a healthy lifestyle.


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katheryn.charlton 5 years ago from Louisiana

Such amazing detail, so in-depth and very informative, while looking awesome in the process.


Mike Chronos 6 years ago

ChronosCoffee.com also sells a delicious blend of organic coffee that you might want to consider checking out!


Marsha Cade 6 years ago

We are RegionalBest.com (http://www.regionalbest.com), an online artisan marketplace and feature many organic foods from all over the country. Buy direct from bakers, chocolatiers, cheesemakers and other small foodcrafters across the country. We would love for you to check us out and support local food artisans.


Organic products 6 years ago

Very handy tips as its very true that for people residing in suburbs or small towns can't get the various organic varieties ,so in current scenario online stores are the best options.As people can easily compare the different products in many terms.


Organic products 6 years ago

Very handy tips as its very true that for people residing in suburbs or small towns can't get the various organic varieties ,so in current scenario online stores are the best options.As people can easily compare the different products in many terms.


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Skin Care Beauty 6 years ago

Excellent resources. Thanks!


Keith 6 years ago

Don't forget http://www.organicwholesaleclub.com and organic deal sites like http://organicdeals.blogspot.com and http://www.naturalfoodlist.com and many others dedicated to organic and natural food.


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Neil Ashworth 6 years ago from Ireland

Very good article. You write well and provide some valuable information..


Go Eco Store 6 years ago

We love festivals and we love helping to save the planet! The eco products from our company Go Eco Store contribute to not damaging the earth as our products are eco friendly. We offer a range of eco products including recycled products, organic products, natural products and eco gifts.


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Anne009 6 years ago

I am loving this article- and I am also a huge fan of buying organic products online- I love the organic cookies from Bellas--- sooo yummy!! Great additional stores for us to give a try, thanks!


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Adam80 6 years ago from Omaha, Nebraska

Great info! Sometimes it's nice to have options other than Whole Foods.


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Organic Thoughts 6 years ago from North Carolina

great information... it is exciting to see that a lot of companies are coming up to offer great organic and eco-friendly choices. Awareness regarding the benefits of using organic products is steadily rising and articles like this truly help in the cause.


Mike 6 years ago

Great information, thanks, and here are two other nationwide direct from farm and wholesale fresh produce and organic groceries for up to 50% off regular store prices.

http://Fresh-Organic-Food-Delivery.com

http://Organic-Groceries-Direct.com


Byron Bay Organic 6 years ago

Fantastic information on organic food. I will be sure to pass it on.


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create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

This is very good information. I have been searching for places to buy organic food. Thank you for providing online sources.


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Team Building 7 years ago from Bedford, Texas

I have never ordered organic food from the web, but you have sparked my interest. I am going to check these sites out as I do try to eat as much organic and local produce as possible.


WholesaleOrganic.Info 7 years ago

Very nice directory. I hope many can benefit from your hard work.

Supporting the local farmers is key, they're directly saving our land!

I'm just starting a blog relating to organic/green online wholesalers and my take on the latest news in the "green" industry. I look forward to hearing some feedback in the upcoming weeks. If you have a minute, come check it out at:

Organic Wholesale Blog


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EcoAsh 7 years ago from Hemet

Thanks for that! I wish I could eat more organic foods.


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Jeniferr 7 years ago from United States

I love organically grown food and try to support my local farmers. Awesome hub!


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I'm all for organic foods. Food that are grown using natural aimal waste from organic feed ,as well as native grown grass's.

My,take on this,includes ,finding way's to increase,the production,of locally grown organic foods. 


v=ben 7 years ago

organics rock


favorlove 7 years ago

Great information on organic food.


Robin C. 8 years ago

Organic Mall shopping rEVIEWS: by justpureliving.com

1. Took 5 weeks to get order

2. Never received half of the order

3. So far no refund

4. received very long phone from Amber -CEO & president that we possibly should look under a bush in our yard maybe ups left it there.

5. Had to send a paypal request for monies owed

6. DO NOT SHOP AT THIS COMPANY


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seeds 8 years ago from brooklyn

real good information. am trying to eat as much as i can but i worry about the toxins.


vladimir 8 years ago

Hi! Thanks for detailed directory of organic sites. Just wanted to add one more for New York & New Jersey area. OrganicDirect.com carries full line of organic produce,certified groceries, dairies, meats, baby foods, natural care products etc.


teachinmom 8 years ago

Great article. My dh has been asking me to find a source for some organic foods he enjoys. Love the pics and the videos are very informative. Good work.


T mom of 5 8 years ago

I have been looking for something like these resources for a long time! Great job!


Terri O 8 years ago

Thanks for the resources!


Deb 8 years ago

Very informative!!!


MarlaQuack 8 years ago

Thanks Marye for doing this.


traceyky 8 years ago

Excellent resources, thank you!


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Marye Audet 8 years ago from Lancaster, Texas Author

It isn't just toxins we have to worry about anymore. There are the genetically engineered foods that have had the very dna changed..Who knows what the result of that mad scientist experiment could be...Then there are the social issues of the treatment of animals in factory farms...and sustainable practices. There is alot to consider.


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Marye Audet 8 years ago from Lancaster, Texas Author

It isn't just toxins we have to worry about anymore. There are the genetically engineered foods that have had the very dna changed..Who knows what the result of that mad scientist experiment could be...Then there are the social issues of the treatment of animals in factory farms...and sustainable practices. There is a lot to consider.


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Very detailed tips, I will definitely check it out. Now they add too many chemicals in foods, I heard there are plenty of toxins in them which may be harmful later on. I prefer natural and simple stuff.

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