October has begun and that means we are to start our new month of vegan grocery hauls. If you’re not aware, it is pumpkin and apple season in the upper northeastern states. This is the month to shine for many states up here in the United States and Lower Canada. We went to a few different stores and purchased from iHerb again, see what was on our grocery list for this week. Check out the photos of our haul and also a bulleted list of all the ingredients found inside these two items.
First off, we took a trip up to Corey Lake Orchard (which you know I’ve mentioned here, here, and here just to name a few occasions) which is rather not bad considering it it just short of an hour, 45 minutes by car. This time of year is exciting and connects with one of my favorite Halloween season memories. As a young child, as far back as I can remember, my parents took my siblings and me to this orchard to pick out our yearly carving pumpkins. We would then grab a few bags of apples to munch on throughout the next few weeks too.
Another image of more pumpkins and squash. It’s always hard to make just one choice so a lot of the time we will pick one of each just to make sure we hit all the bases with types of the October harvest. Can you also see the orange carving pumpkins in the back? You can either choose to pick one of these pumpkins or I believe this year you can also go into the fields. I know you can pick apples but not sure about the pumpkins. We are holding off for our carving pumpkin for a few more weeks.
These are the mums available to purchase. The prices are comparable to other places, so if you want to support a local orchard, go for these instead of large department stores. These will last until after the first few snowfalls normally.
So by now you are probably wondering all that we purchased right? Well, here are a few of the things we purchased, no idea where everything else was located. Since we purchased everything in Michigan and then drove back home, we are normally in a bit of a hurry to get everything put away before it starts to go bad. Blogger failure..haha
- Pumpkin & squash
- Gala Apples
- Macintosh Apples
- Fresh Unpasteurized Apple Cider
Aldi’s in Michigan – normally the prices are pretty much the same so we just headed on over to there before returning home to Indiana.
- Red Seedless Grapes
- Red Potatoes
- Lemons (bag)
- 2 Bell Peppers
- Butternut Squash
- Garlic Salt
- Maple Syrup
- Gala Michigan Apples (we are addicted, yes)
- Everything Bagels (vegan approved)
Final stop of the day for grocery shopping in Michigan was Meijer. While there is not a difference between the Aldi’s in Michigan and in Indiana, the Meijer’s do vary drastically. Meijer’s in Michigan is not only cleaner but the prices are ironically better than in Indiana. No idea why this is the case but it is…
- Tortillas (whole wheat- Indiana does not carry this one)
- New Meijer Brand Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips- Organic!
- 2 Sprouted Tofu
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- Thai Red Curry Sauce (vegan approved)
- Dried Thyme
- Fresh Cilantro
- Earth Balance Vegan Butter
- Taco Bell Vegetarian Refried Beans (Vegan Approved)
- Organic Mushrooms
- Ramen (Noodles Vegan Approved but use your own vegan broth)
- BOCA spicy chickenless patties
- Collard Leaves
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- All-Purpose, Unenriched, Not Bleached White Flour
- 4 Bell Peppers
So that’s all that we purchased in the stores this week, some things we will definitely eat but then others might need to last another week. Sometimes when we are in Michigan we will purchase a few extra things just to make sure the quality is a bit better than the stuff sold in our stores. (Aka, fresh orchard apples)
iHerb purchases this month so far. We went to the dentist the other day and seeing as our teeth are professionally cleaned once again, we wanted to test out some new products and see how they hold up against our favorite SPRY Toothpaste and Mouthwash.
- Auromere Ayurvedic Mouthwash
- Auromere Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste
- Xyla Peppermint Chewing Gum (Xylitol)
- Spry Xylitol Toothpaste
- Theraneem Mouthwash with Neem
- Better Than Bouillon Vegan Broth (chickenless, beefless, & vegetable)