Organic Valley Review and FREE product giveaway!

{The giveaway has closed: Congratulations to Stacy #282} We are currently on a long and winding journey toward eating better. A big part of that journey is eating more natural, whole, and organic foods. Probably the biggest hurdle to eating better is information.

I want to buy from farmers I can trust. I want to know what they are doing with the animals and plants they've been entrusted with. I want to feel good about the purchases I make. One of the farms that I've consistently come across is Organic Valley.

I first came across Organic Valley through their RootStock newsletter. I liked everything I read, and I agree with their values and mission. Organic Valley is a cooperative of family farmers that is committed to organic farm practices. I encourage you to read about their farm practices here.

They provide a huge selection of organic (and pastured) dairy and egg products. Their sister coop Organic Prarie provides organic meats. I saw such an unbelievable variety of Organic Valley products on my visit to Whole Foods a few months back, and I wanted to swoop them all into my cart.

Whole Foods is out of my preferred driving range though, so I looked for Organic Valley products at my local grocery stores. Four stores within 5 miles of my home (not Target... *crying a little*) carry a small selection of Organic Valley products.

I had been checking them out for months, waiting for a sale (old habits die hard) when I was given the opportunity to review their products. Organic Valley sent me 10 FREE product coupons for any of their products (each coupon is worth up to $10 in value.) Yay! I took 5 of those to the store, and will be sharing the other 5 with a lucky reader. ;)

Here's what I bought:
I really wanted to buy organic cheese and butter, but neither of my local stores carried Organic Valley butter and the store where I purchased all of these fine products was out of cheese. Drat. So, I picked up 1 gallon of Organic Valley Whole Milk, Organic Valley Whipping Cream, Organic Valley Cottage Cheese, and 2 Cartons of Organic Valley Cage-free Organic Eggs.

My thoughts on the products: Yum! All of the Organic Valley products I purchased tasted great, just like the conventional products I've purchased but without the guilty aftertaste! I'd love to tell you that they tasted better than conventional products, and they legitimately might, but my palate isn't sophisticated enough to tell. I can tell you that I felt awesome buying all of these great products and telling the cashier why I was buying organic. I was also happy that other people in the store saw what I was buying and that I walked out paying nothing.

Now, we all know that I got to review these products and that's why they were free, but the customers didn't. Maybe they got a sense that buying organic doesn't have to break the bank, and that's true. ;) The other benefits (to my family's health, to the animals, and to the Earth) can't even be measured. But they are real and mean the world to me.

I really want to encourage everyone to make better food choices. For your health and also for the health of all of the Earth's inhabitants. So to help you in purchasing better dairy products for your family, I'm offering one lucky reader 5 coupons for FREE Organic Valley products - up to a $50 value.

To Enter:
Leave me a comment telling me which Organic Valley product you are most excited to try. For me it was all about the butter, but I felt very blessed to buy each of their organic products.

Extra Entries:
5 Extra Entries for blogging about this contest
3 Extra Entries for tweeting about this contest
1 Extra Entry for leaving your best advice for eating healthier and sticking to a budget
1 Extra Entry for following on Google Friend Connect
1 Extra Entry for following @suburbanjung on twitter
1 Extra Entry for following @organic_valley on twitter
1 Extra Entry for following on Feedburner

This giveaway will end on 3/17/2010 at 9:00 PM EST. The winner will be selected by random.org, posted here, and contacted by email. No compensation was given for this review. I did receive complimentary coupons for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Crissa Pollmann Robertson said...

I would like to try their skim milk.
Crissa17@Hotmail.com

Crissa Pollmann Robertson said...

The best advice I have to eating healthier would be to get rid of the junk food in the house...then you never have it around to have the temptations. The best advice for sticking to a budget...only use cash...you can't over spend!
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Elena said...

Hi Angela,

Awesome giveaway- my family is also in the process of switching over to organics! I blogged about your giveaway- http://fivefingerdiscounts.net/organic-valley-giveaway-on-suburban-jungles-blog/
Thanks!

Crissa Pollmann Robertson said...

I am a follower
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Elena said...

I tweeted your giveaway- Twitter name: Ele13

Elena said...

My best advice is to read all about organics vs conventional farming practices and you'll see how important it is to make the switch over to organics.

Elena said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Can you tell I REALLY want to win this....LOL!

Elena said...

I'm following Organic Valley on Twitter.

Hil'Lesha said...

I'd love to try the Stringles®.

HilLesha@gmail.com

Elena said...

Oops...after all those comments, I forgot to tell you which product I wanted to taste the most. I'd like to try their organic milk. I usually buy store-brand organic milk, as it's a little bit cheaper than name brand. I'm curious to see how they compare to Organic Valley.

Hil'Lesha said...

I'm following them on Twitter.

ID: HilLesha

5webs said...

I would like to try the Cottage Cheese.
Alicia Webster
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5webs said...

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5webs said...

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5webs said...

My best tip for eating healthier is to eat three meals a day and no snacks. Nourish your body at regular intervals, and stop treating it shabbily, and it will reward you.
My best tip for sticking to a budget is to make a list and stick to it. I rarely make an impulse buy at the market.
Alicia Webster
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5webs said...

I follow your blog at Google Friend Connect(5webs)
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

skim milk

5webs said...

I follow Organic_Valley on Twitter(5webs)
Alicia Webster
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5webs said...

I subscribe via Feedburner(E-mail)
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The Bookworm said...

I would love to try their eggs! I always stare longingly at them, but they are usually out of our price range!

hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

The Bookworm said...

To eat healthier, I usually email companies whose products we really enjoy and ask them if they have coupons they could send me. I couple the coupons with good sales and/or dollar doubler days, and I can score organic food at reasonable prices.

hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

Mysharona said...

The eggs for sure.

The Bookworm said...

I'm a follower via Google Friend Connect.

hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

plhill2000 said...

I would love to try the cottage cheese.

The Bookworm said...

I'm following you on Twitter.

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The Bookworm said...

I'm following Organic Valley on Twitter.

hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

The Bookworm said...

I'm a subscriber, via Google Reader.

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The Bookworm said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/hawaiismn/status/9835693261 #1

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Lindsey said...

I am most excited to try the eggs!
I love the milk and am always buying it at my local store.

Jessica said...

I'm most excited about the eggs!

Lindsey said...

Following on Google Friend Connect

Jessica said...

My best tip for eating healthy on a budget is to sign up for e-newsletters of companies you like to buy products from. They often send out coupons!

Jessica said...

I follow this blog in RSS feed.

cdziuba said...

cdziuba@aol.com I'd love to try the Heavy Whipping Cream for my baking.

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Jen@Scrapingirl said...

I totally want to try their butter also. We seem to go through a stick every three days or so. I try to buy their milk if I'm at my local store that carries it. :)

cdziuba said...

cdziuba@aol.com eating healthier and sticking to a budget tips:

Do NOT buy junk when grocery shopping, try to shop ONCE a week, and make do with what's on hand at home to prepare meals.

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

I'm on follow on feed burner.

cdziuba said...

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Jen@Scrapingirl said...

When buying organic meats try to buy a bunch of chicken one week, then beef, then whatever else you eat. That way you're not breakin gthe bank trying to buy everything all at once. Then make freezer meals, and in about a month you should have a ton of healthy organic meal waiting for you. The you can relax and wait for meat sales at Whole foods. :) BTW I try to go there once a month and buy snacks to last me all month long. So far that works pretty good also. :)

mar said...

The Organic Valley Cottage Cheese is the product I am most excited about trying!

LWons@HotMail.com

Dilem*mama said...

i love whipped cream, so I can't wait to try the whipping cream. dilem.mama @ gmail.com

Leigh said...

My kids love the string cheese and I like their sour cream.

mindy said...

the cottage cheese thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Steph said...

I'd love to try the whole milk for my kids!

Tabathia said...

I would like to try the milk

Tabathia said...

google follower

Tabathia said...

feedburner subscriber

Tabathia said...

twitter follower (chelleb36)

Crista C. said...

I buy their products frequently, but I'd love to try their eggs with added Omega 3s.

sgacrista@yahoo.com

Moni said...

My little girl loves cottage cheese and I would love to get Organic Valley's for her to try.

Anonymous said...

Cottage cheese is their only product I HAVE not tried...id like to

JenniferB said...

I really want to try the sour cream or cream cheese
Jennifer
ejxd95@gmail.com

JenniferB said...

We cut out fried foods and eat more fruits and veggies. I write a grocery list and dont buy anything else so that I stick to my grocery budget
ejxd95@gmail.com

JenniferB said...

following blog

JenniferB said...

following suburbanjungle on twitter-jblanton41

JenniferB said...

following organicvalley on twitter-jblanton41

Saving Cents in the City: said...

I would love to try the butter and the eggs.

Saving Cents in the City: said...

I follow you on twitter.

Saving Cents in the City: said...

I follow Organic Valley on twitter.

Saving Cents in the City: said...

I subscribe to your feed.

Stephanie said...

Organic Valley Cage-free Organic Eggs because my little boy eats them everyday
tvollowitz at aol dot com

ohstac said...

I would like to try the milk. I'm slowly converting my family to Organic products.

ohstac said...

I follow Suburbanjung on twitter (ohstac)

ohstac said...

I follow Organic Valley on twitter (ohstac)

ohstac said...

I follow on google.

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jlafount said...

I'd like to try the Nonfat Dry Milk

Amber said...

I am most excited to try the 1% low far organic milk!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I follow your blog!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Anonymous said...

I'd like to try their milk the most! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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Anonymous said...

I always pay in cash so i don't overbuy! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

snowluvnferret said...

I would love to try the cottege cheese

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snowluvnferret said...

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The NEW Mommiez Blend said...

I have to say that I want to try the butter! I have yet to be able to experience organic butter. Mmm. And maybe I'd even share with my family!!! Ha ha.

The NEW Mommiez Blend said...

My advice for eating healthier is grow a garden this summer! It's fun for the whole family. It teaches the value of being rewarded for all of your hard work. And nothing tastes like an heirloom tomato.....

The NEW Mommiez Blend said...

I follow via GFC. :)

The NEW Mommiez Blend said...

I blogged:
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jakiesmom said...

i too would like to try their butter..i'm a butter girl or their half and half
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jakiesmom said...

gfc follower

jakiesmom said...

my advice for eating healthier and on a budget is to shop the perimeter of the store...the inside aisles have more of the processed fatty foods, and buy whats on sale on the outer part.

Super Frugalette said...

Whipping cream!

Marie Hambrick said...

would love to try their butter!!

Stacy said...

I'd like to try their cream cheese.

Stacy said...

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Stacy said...

To stay healthy and on budget, I seek out coupons in health publications and stock up when healthy products go on sale.

mogrill said...

I am interested in trying the butter. Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

David Johnson said...

I'd like to try their eggs, thanks.

marcia goss said...

I'd like to try the cottage cheese.
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marcia goss said...

I follow you on Twitter as mgoss123.
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I follow you on Google Friend Connect.
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Christine said...

None of the grocers carry this brand however I was pleased to see food co ops near me do. Organic is hard to come by for alot of product in my area. The stores seemed to start stocking the stuff and then the economic downturn came and it seemed to me that some of the organics got cut back. I'd love to try organic butter. I usually buy goat cheese from a local when I go to the co op but cheddar cheese might be cool too if it is carried.

Christine
dazed1821@aol.com

Sassy and Classy said...

I would buy the beef jerky for my hubby. Thanks for the opportunity! bowtiesnbutterflies@live.com

Lisa said...

Hi- first time I've seen your blog. I am kicking old habits of "buying" processed foods, even though they are free after coupons. It's hard to pay for organics, but the long term health benefits will pay off. My local conventional gorcery store carries a good selection of Organic Valley. Thanks for your good tips and motivation.

Jessica-MomForHim said...

What a great review opportunity! I would love to try just about any of those, but probably would go with milk since the girls drink so much.

Jessica-MomForHim said...

Best money saving tip is to subscribe to all the organic websites for coupons and watch sales. Coupons do exist for organic and healthy products, you just have to know where to look!

Jessica-MomForHim said...

Follower on google friend

Jessica-MomForHim said...

follower with feedburner too.

Alysia said...

I would like to try the milk and eggs.

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intensev5 said...

I would love to try the Pulp-Free Orange Juice with Calcium --- mmmm there is nothing like a glass of orange juice in the morning. Thanks for the great giveaway

intensev5 said...

I think the best way to stay on budget and eat healthy is to create a menu for the week and shop accordingly. This way you are thoughtful of how you spend the money before hand and also you don't buy too many unnecessary items. Also if you have a plan you are less likely to eat out and defer from your healthy meal plans.

intensev5 said...

I subscribe via email

Miss Heidi said...

I'd like to try the Berry Yogurt. Thanks.

sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

thishumanscondition said...

I want to try their white cheddar!
mcbrady13 at hotmail dot com

thishumanscondition said...

My best advice is to buy whole, unprocessed foods in the bulk section. It is healthier and less expensive to buy oats, dried fruits, rice and pasta this way.
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thishumanscondition said...

Google Friend
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BETH said...

I would love to try th organic skim milk. Onky drink skin milk and am quite picky!

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jian said...

I would love to try their butter.
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jian said...

I follow SuburbanJung on Twitter.
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jian said...

I follow Organic Valley on Twitter.
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Carrie S. said...

I would like to try their milk!

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JC said...

I'd like to try their egg products, organic eggs!

JC said...

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JC said...

My best advice for eating healthier and sticking to a budget- quit soft beverages and fast food.

JC said...

Google Friend Connect follower

JC said...

following @suburbanjung on twitter@tcarolinep

JC said...

following @organic_valley on twitter@tcarolinep

JC said...

following on Feedburner/subscriber.

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Maura said...

I agree with you, I'd be most excited to try the butter. I've been flirting with buying butter from grass fed cows, but the price has been prohibitive (so far).

heidypie said...

Eggs! you can really taste the difference when you boil good quality eggs! Heidi S

heidypie said...

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Noelle said...

I would love to try their Cottage Cheese. I'm a picky cottage cheese eater!

Thanks for hosting this and for your honest review!

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Noelle said...

I've found the best way for me to eat healthier is to buy local and in season!

noellebrow at gmail.com

Shawna said...

Hi Angela, great giveaway!
I have blogged about this here http://www.thiscraftymommy.com/2010/03/awesome-organic-valley-giveaway.html.

Shawna said...

Healthy living at our home = live foods, whole grains, lots of nuts and nut butters for protein. foods as close to natural form as possible. minimal meats, but organic when we eat them. I only buy organic milk and am moving toward the rest of the organic dairy as well.

amanda said...

I'd love to try their skim milk!
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amanda said...

my best advice for eating healthier and sticking to a budget is gardening! it's enjoyable too :)
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amanda said...

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amanda said...

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amanda said...

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amanda said...

i follow organic valley on twitter
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Shawna said...

I tweeted! @thiscraftmommy

Shawna said...

A happy follower too!

Ms. Autumn said...

organic cage free eggs!

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h. mcnaron said...

Probably the butter like you or the yogurt.

h. mcnaron said...

google friend follower.

h. mcnaron said...

i follow on twitter too @creep4ward

h. mcnaron said...

when you cook at home you are both eating healthier and cheaper than eating out. that is my biggest advice.

ChelseaF said...

I would love to try their whipping cream! I do a lot of baking.

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lisanne said...

I would love to try their milk.

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I want to try the butter and the eggs. Thanks!

Heather Brandt said...

I am most excited to try their butter!

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Diane said...

I would love to try their eggs!
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Diane said...

My favorite tip is to buy when things go on sale and use coupons :)

KMG852 said...

I would love to try their eggs!

jennie said...

I would love to try their milk. I think organic is so much better than conventional.

Jennie said...

My advice for eating more healthfully and sticking to a budget is not to buy junk food or processed food, but to eat more fresh food and to make any treats--cookies, cakes, etc. (if it's more work to make your own, you'll make and eat less)

Rachel said...

I would like to try the organic eggs.

Rachel said...

By best advice for eating healthy and saving money is to make a meal plan, and then the hard part, follow it!

Amanda said...

I also am most excited to try the Organic Valley butter.

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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Amanda said...

I tweeted this giveaway! #1
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Amanda said...

My best advice for eating healthier and sticking to a budget is: Eat at home! Cook meals at home instead of going out to eat. It is much healthier and much less expensive than going out to eat or picking up fast food.

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Amanda said...

I follow on google friend connect.

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Amanda said...

I follow you on twitter.
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Amanda said...

I follow Organic Valley on twitter.
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Amanda said...

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Karen said...

I would like to try the cheese (medium cheddar most). I have had lots of organic products and for some reason have never had organic cheese. I need to try it.

Candice J said...

I already love their milk and creams, but would like to try their eggs and cheese :)

eskimocandy21@netscape.net

Karen said...

My best tip to eat healthier and cheaper is to make more things from scratch.

Karen said...

I follow your blog

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