Living on an island is a little to hard to understand unless you've done it, that fact is much more true on islands small than Tutuila (where we live). But to give you a little better understanding of things on our rock, this post is about how we acquire food. There are three "bigger" stores on the island; Cost U Less, Forsgren's and KS Mart. We have a weekly shopping day and make the rounds to each of stores as well as a few other stops. There are also lots of "corner store" places that we go for smaller items as well as farms and roadside stands No one stop shopping here.
Each place has it's strong points, but all the stores depend on the ship schedule and therefore so does our shopping. The shelves can be almost completely bare at times just before the next ship arrives. The most important lesson we have learned is "if you see it, buy it" because it definitely won't be there next time. So if you see that peanut butter you like, better grab 5 jars 'cause it's your only chance and you may never see it again.
I am focusing on food here, but if you were shopping for pretty much anything but hardware you would go to all the same stores mentioned. You will find food, furniture, clothes, office supplies, outdoor supplies, cookware, fabric and any other household stuff at all the bigger stores, and everything but the furniture at smaller stores.
Cost U Less is the BJ's or Costco of the island and the sell in bulk (mostly). Prices here are average and we usually get frozen goods, organic potatoes and organic carrots here.
Forsgren's is a bit on the expensive side and we only get a few special things here. This is the only place we have seen organic apples and they occasionally get specialty fancy-pants food we enjoy. They also carry a lot of meats from New Zealand, most of which are grass fed since NZ has much stricter rules on what they let companies feed people.
KS Mart is like a larger and cheaper Forsgren's, again they carry a huge variety of stuff from furniture to vegetables. They can sometimes be a surprise at the register, for example that un-priced little bag of tater-tots might ring up for $18 and end up getting left behind. KS also gets some novelty foods in and is the best place to find Kambucha. The outside was just remodeled.
"Corner Stores", these little shops are everywhere and have a little bit of everything (food, hygiene products, clothes, etc.). After lots of hunting Mom has found the ones with the best prices and vegetables. TSM is the best bet for organic spinach.
We can get imported or local eggs at the stores, but we live pretty close to the chicken farm so we go straight to the source. Not free range, but the eggs are literally still warm when we buy them. Maybe soon we won't need to buy so many if we can keep the dogs from eating all the ones laid around our house. Side Note: I hate roosters.
With the exception of pears and apples, all of out fruit is purchased from our neighbors or picked from our yard. This is our favorite stand where we always get coconuts, bananas, papaya, avocados, vi fruit, pineapple, cucumbers, and Dad bought Mom Valentine's Day flowers here too.
There are two hydroponic farms on the island, the one below is where we get romaine, herbs and eggplants. The other "farm" has kale and mixed greens.
NOAH NEWS: Noah's appetite has GROWN and he gained a taste for green smoothies.
The Jaskowiak Family
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