This weekend I made another bulk product shopping trip by bike. There’s no real game plan, every pannier in the closet gets thrown on Oma and Sir Raleigh, who make a rag-tag cargo team. In the photos below, there is quite a bit of stuff smushed onto the bikes.
At the Dottie household, we have a good system for taking care of all our purchases without a car, while staying within a budget and valuing local, organic and natural products.
- Most of the food we eat comes from area farms, delivered by a CSA, Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks.
- A lot comes from Whole Foods natural grocery, which is a very short walk.
- The heavier and pricier purchases, like cat food for our three kitties, come from Amazon via the mail.
- Most of our clothes come from neighborhood thrifts shops and those are fun trips!
- Finally, occasional bike trips to the bulk product store take care of miscellaneous stuff like fancy olives, liquor and beer. (Fun fact: while visiting local brewery Two Brothers, they told me that the bulk store is their biggest customer.) Whether luckily or unluckily, the bulk store is on the edge of my neighborhood, a quick ride.
This system works well for us. What is your system for shopping without a motor vehicle?
(A previous discussion specific to grocery shopping by bike can be read here.)