This resource list is designed to help you find the nutritious foods and products you need to be healthy, both locally and online. To reduce toxins in our food and environment, there are sources for useful and safe cookware, kitchen equipment, personal care, household cleaning supplies, and garden supplies. The page will be continually updated so check back occasionally for the latest sources.
Houston Area Food Resources
Using the Real Food Houston Resource List
The list is divided into five main categories: Food and Cooking Resources, Personal Care Products (includes personal and tooth care products and organic clothing, Household Products (includes cleaners, mattresses, and bedding), Garden and Farm Products, and Other Bloggers’ Resource Lists.
The sources are listed alphabetically under each topic. There is no implied quality ranking due to the position in the list.
The items listed with each vendor are often just a small sample of the available products. Visit the website for a complete list of products. Many of these products can also be bought through Amazon.
Disclosure: none of the links below are affiliate links, including the Amazon links. I get no compensation if you buy a listed product, neither do I guarantee the performance of any product. This list and links are provided solely as a service to help you find the products you need. I have noted vendors that I have used by an asterisk *; otherwise, I have no personal experience with the vendor. Many are recommended as good or best by the WAPF.
Click on a category below to view a list of sources:
Personal Care and Body Care Products and Organic Clothing/Shoes
Babies and Children’s Clothing and Care Products
Health Protection Products (e.g., EMF protection)
Garden and Farm Products
Other Bloggers’ Resource Lists
Food and Cooking Resources [back to the list]
Milk and Cheese
The best milk is whole and raw from local licensed dairies. For Texas licensed dairies in the Houston area, go to Local. For other raw milk dairies in the U.S., including other parts of Texas, go to RealMilk.com. If you are unable to find raw milk in your area, the next best option is whole, low-temperature pasteurized, non-homogenized milk from grass-fed cows.
Raw milk cheeses not only taste better they also have all the healthy, nutritious qualities of fresh raw milk. There are several excellent raw milk cheeses available in the Houston area. See Local.
Online sources of raw milk cheese:
- * Brazos Valley Cheese for raw cow milk cheeses
- Farmstead Fresh for grass-fed raw milk cheeses
- Hilltop Meadow Farm for raw farmstead cheese made with milk from grass-fed cows. The farm is organically managed. Phone: 570-345-3305.
- Miller’s Organic Farm for raw cow, goat, and sheep milk cheeses
- Pleasant Ridge Reserve raw milk cheese made with grass-fed cows’ milk (available in Houston at Houston Dairymaids)
- US Wellness for raw grass-fed cow and goat milk cheeses
- Veldhuizen Farmstead for raw cow milk cheeses (available in Houston at Houston Dairymaids)
Sources of butter from grass-fed cows:
If raw butter is not available from your local raw milk dairy, the next best is commercial butter made with milk from grass-fed cows. Most of the time, I use Kerrygold butter from Ireland made from milk from (mostly) grass-fed cows because it is widely available in many grocery stores, health food stores, and on Amazon, and it tastes very good. Texas blogger, Food Renegade, has an excellent article about commercial sources of butter from grassfed cows, Where to Find Grass-fed Butter.
Grass-fed beef, pastured meat, eggs from pastured chickens, and seafood [back to the list]
As with milk and cheese, the best sources of meats are local.
For Houston area grassfed beef and other pastured meats and chicken, see Local.
Online sources of meat, eggs, and wild caught seafood:
- Miller’s Organic Farm for grass-fed beef, meat from pastured goats, sheep, pork, and poultry
- Tendergrass Farms for pastured pork and bacon
- Tropical Traditions for grass-fed and pastured beef, chicken, turkey, bison, lamb, eggs, and butter. Eggs are organic and soy-free.
- * US Wellness Meats for grass-fed beef, pastured lamb, poultry, bison pork, rabbit, duck, plus seafood, raw milk cheese, and Kerrygold butter.
- Vital Choice for wild caught seafood
- Wise Choice Market for Loki wild salmon and salmon caviar
Broth and stock [back to the list]
- Bare Bones Broth Company for traditional beef and chicken broth made with bones from pastured animals and organic vegetables.
- Salt Fire & Time for bone broths including beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb
- The Brothery for chicken bone broth and stock
- US Wellness Meats for stock and broth, including beef marrow bone stock, chicken stock, duck stock in sizes up to 5 pounds. Thicker gelatins also available.
- Wise Choice Market for organic broths
Fats and oils [back to the list]
For Houston area sources of fats and oils go to Local.
Online sources for healthy fats and oils:
- Chaffin Family Orchards for organic extra virgin olive oil and olives
- * Green Pasture for Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil, and X-Factor Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil, and Blue Breeze organic coconut ghee (Green Pasture FCLO is rated best by the WAPF; for good sources read here.)
- * Miller’s Organic Farm for beef tallow, beef suet, lard, raw and rendered chicken fat
- * Olea Estates for family produced Greek olive oil and olives [This is the brand of olive oil I use–both the olive oil and olives are delicious!]
- * Pure Indian Foods for organic ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, mustard seed oil, and sesame oil. Their organic ghee is high in vitamin K2.
- * Radiant Life coconut oil, sesame oil, palm oil (sustainable source), ghee, emu oil, lard, Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil and X-Factor Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil
- * Tendergrass Farms for beyond organic pork lard
- Tropical Traditions for coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, and sesame oil I recommend their Gold Label coconut oil.
- US Wellness Meats for beef and lamb tallow, bison fat, duck fat, and beef suet
- * Wilderness Family Naturals for coconut oil, palm oil, sesame oil, Mary’s Saute Oil (a blend of sesame oil, olive oil, and coconut oil), and olive oil
Beverages (for fermented beverages, also see Fermented Food) [back to the list]
- * Miller’s Organic Farm for fermented beverages, vegetable and fruit juices, kombucha, and beet kvass
- Mountain Rose Herbs for organic teas and tea brewing supplies & tools
- Pure Indian Foods for organic India teas
Fermented foods, cultures, and culturing products [back to the list]
- * Cultures for Health for dairy starter cultures, cheesemaking starters, sprouting supplies, and equipment for making cultured and fermented foods [I have used their sourdough starters which work well]
- * Fermenti Artisan offers a variety of krauts and kim chi. [I like their garden kraut. They provide fermented veggies for WAPF conferences.]
- Kombucha Kamp for kombucha cultures, equipment, kits, and lots of information about making kombucha
- * Miller’s Organic Farm for fermented vegetables, kombucha, and beet kvass. I have eaten and recommend their fermented products.
- SourdoughBreads.com for sourdough starter, recipes, and bread making supplies like rising buckets and dough whisks.
- Wilderness Family Naturals for culturing supplies including kefir culture, rennet, and other culture starters
- Wise Choice Market for organic fermented vegetables including sauerkraut, kimchi, carrots, beets, and juices. They also have starter cultures for sourdough, kefir, yogurt, and vegetables.
Vegetables and fruits [back to the list]
The best sources of fresh vegetables and fruits are local farmers markets and local CSA’s. Your local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation is a good source for finding local fresh produce.
For Houston area fresh produce go to Local.
Online sources for vegetables and fruits:
- Blue Mountain Organics for dried fruit
- Bob’s Red Mill for organic dried fruit
- * Wilderness Family Naturals for organic freeze-dried fruits including mangoes, bananas, and berries
- Other sources of fresh produce may be found on Local Harvest
Coconut (there are more listings for coconut oil under Fats and Oils) [back to the list]
- * Tropical Traditions for coconut oil, coconut flakes, chips, concentrate, and flour
- * Wilderness Family Naturals for coconut flakes and chips, coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar, coconut milk and cream, coconut spread, and coconut vinegar.
- Radiant Life for Nourishing Traditions kit for homemade baby formula, EvenFlo glass bottles, teethers, and more
Grains and flours [back to the list]
All grains and flours should be organic and properly prepared to minimize enzyme inhibitors, phytic acid, and agricultural poisons. Purchase organic grains in sealed packages to ensure freshness.
I don’t have a grain mill and buy my flours either sprouted or high extraction Einkorn.
- * Arrowhead Mills organic flours, including sprouted wheat flour and gluten-free baking flours.
- Blue Mountain Organics for a variety of sprouted grains and flours, including gluten-free flours.
- * Bob’s Red Mill organic grains
- Breadtopia for organic grain, flours, and baking equipment
- Einkorn for organic Einkorn berries [the website has good tips for baking with Einkorn wheat]
- * Jovial Foods – Einkorn wheat berries, flour, and pasta (prepared with soaked Einkorn flour), also gluten-free products (I use Jovial Einkorn flour for baking)
- King Arthur Flours for organic flours including whole wheat, sprouted whole wheat, white, bread, and gluten-free.
- Pure Indian Foods for Indian grains including Indian Basmati rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, and amaranth
- Salamander Springs for perma-organic heirloom cornmeal and popcorn. The permaculture farm is managed without soil tillage and uses no fertilizers or pesticides of any kind. Facebook page.
- * To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. for a large variety of organic whole grain sprouted flours and sprouted grains
- Tropical Traditions for organic stone ground whole wheat flour, whole wheat bread flour, brown rice flour, Einkorn flour, spelt, barley, millet, rye, and oats
- Wilderness Family Naturals for ancient grains (teff, amaranth, and quinoa), wild rice, exotic rice, coconut flour, and gluten-free flour blend
- Wise Choice Market for organic sprouted flour including spelt and wheat
Breads, Other Grain-based Foods, and Baking Supplies [back to the list]
- * Berlin Bakery for traditional spelt sourdough bread, rated best by the WAPF. [Some health food stores and maybe Whole Foods Market carry Berlin Bakery products.]
- * Bob’s Red Mill for baking powder and baking soda
- Miller’s Organic Farm for sourdough and soaked organic grain breads, gluten-free muffins, angel food cake, coconut cookies, and soaked spelt noodles
- Wise Choice Market for sprouted grain breads from Manna Bread and gluten-free breads
Beans, Peas, and other Legumes [back to the list]
- * Arrowhead Mills for organic beans and organic popcorn
- Country Life Natural Foods for organic beans and peas [not all products are organic, but they are labeled]
- * Eden for organic dry beans
- Jovial Foods – for organic, traditionally prepared beans
- Pure Indian Foods for Indian legumes including chickpeas, kidney beans, mung beans, and mung daal
- Salamander Springs for perma-organic pinto beans, black turtle beans, popcorn, and heirloom cornmeal. The permaculture farm is managed without soil tillage and uses no fertilizers or pesticides of any kind. Facebook page.
Nuts and Seeds [back to the list]
- Blue Mountain Organics for sprouted nuts and seeds and sprouted nut butters.
- Miller’s Organic Farm for soaked and dehydrated nuts and nut butters
- Pure Indian Foods for organic sesame seeds
- * Radiant Life for organic soaked and dehydrated nuts and seeds and nut butters
- * Wilderness Family Naturals for organic soaked and dehydrated nuts and seeds and nut butters
- Wise Choice Market for soaked nut butters
Condiments and Sauces [back to the list]
- * Red Boat Fish Sauce for naturally made fish sauce containing only anchovies and salt. (I use this one.) For more information about how to use Vietnamese fish sauce, read Eat Like a Local in Vietnam: Fish Sauce. [Many thanks to the reader who suggested this informative article.]
- * Wilderness Family Naturals for organic mayonnaise made with coconut oil, olive oil, and sesame oil, natural salts, and salad dressings made with traditional oils
Herbs, Spices, and Salts [back to the list]
- Indus Organics for organic herbs and spices and sprouting seeds
- * Mountain Rose Herbs for organic herbs and spices, natural salts, seaweeds, and sprouting seed
- Pure Indian Foods for Indian organic spices and herb
- * Penzeys Spices for high quality herbs, spices, and blends
- Tropical Traditions for organic herbs, spices, and seasonings
- Wilderness Family Naturals for a large selection of high quality herbs, spices, salts, and seasonings
Natural Sweeteners [back to the list]
One of the best natural sweeteners is local raw honey, and the best source is your local beekeeper. I buy mine at my farmers market directly from the beekeeper.
Online sources of natural sweeteners:
- Date Lady Organic Date Syrup for a traditional alternative sweetener to honey that is acceptable on the GAPS diet
- Miller’s Organic Farm for maple syrup and raw honey
- Now Foods Liquid Stevia, organic
- * Pure Indian Foods for organic jaggery (evaporated sugarcane juice)
- * Organic sucanat and unrefined whole cane sugar, such as Rapunzel organic whole cane sugar and Wholesome Sweeteners organic sucanat.
- * Radiant Life for organic raw honey, manuka honey, and stevia
- Shady Maple Farms organic maple syrup, granules, and maple butter [this is the maple syrup I use and recommend. I buy it at my local health food store] – also available on Amazon.]
- Tropical Traditions for organic raw honey, organic whole unrefined sugar, and organic maple syrup
- Wilderness Family Naturals for coconut sugar and muscovado sugar
- * Y.S. Eco Bee Farms produces an organic raw unprocessed honey that is sold on many websites, including Amazon, Vitacost, and iHerb.
Chocolate and Cacao [back to the list]
Although the WAPF does not recommend using chocolate or cacao because of its caffeine content, if you do use it, you should buy the best quality available.
Online sources of good organic cacao:
- Blue Mountain Organics for raw cacao powder, cacao butter, and cacao nibs.
- * Sunfood Super Foods for raw organic cacao powder, cacao beans, cacao nibs, and cacao butter.
- * Wilderness Family Naturals for organic fermented and unfermented raw cacao nibs, cacao powder, cacao butter
Snacks [back to the list]
- Good Health potato chips fried in avocado oil, with sea salt. Available on Amazon.
- * Jackson’s Honest Potato Chips cooked in coconut oil. Order online or on Amazon.
- Miller’s Organic Farm for white potato and sweet potato chips cooked in lard. They also have a delicious egg custard, which I sampled at the Atlanta WAPF Conference in 2013.
- Wise Choice Market for organic potato chips fried in coconut oil
Supplements [back to the list]
- * Mercola for supplements
- Perfect Supplements for a variety of herbal and other supplements
- Tattva’s Herbs for organic ayurvedic supplements
- Traditional Foods Market for organic whole foods supplements
- Additional sources of fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil are listed under Fats and Oils.
Pet Food [back to the list]
- Tropical Traditions for raw pet foods, raw pet treats, and shampoo.
- Wilderness Family Naturals for pet treats coconut chips
Cookware and Kitchen Equipment [back to the list]
- Breadtopia for baking equipment
- Butter Bay for a butter dish that keeps butter fresh on the counter for ease of spreading. The Butter Bay is made in the U.S. and meets California Proposition 65 requirements for no lead or cadmium.
- Mountain Rose Herbs for a variety of kitchen equipment, including cellulose bags, cotton muslin bags, glass and plastic bottles
- Radiant Life for juicers, water filters, grain mills, pickling supplies, cookbooks, stainless steel cooking equipment, and VioLiv Glass bowls and bottles, and more
- Strawesome for reusable glass straws in a variety of designs.
- Tropical Traditions for juicers, grain mills, stainless steel rice cookers, coffee grinders, and more
- Wilderness Family Naturals for stainless steel rice cookers, yogurt makers, sprouters, and tea brewers
- Equipment I use and recommend that is available on Amazon (no affiliate links):
- * Cuisinart immersion blender (I use this most often for smoothies, but it’s also good for mashed potatoes, mayonnaise, and much more. I have the attachments but rarely use them.)
- * Blendtec high power blender (good for making almost instant ice cream, blending almost anything, and for grinding small amounts of grain.)
- * Cuisinart ice cream maker (I have an earlier version of this ice cream maker. It’s easy to use and makes delicious real ice cream.)
- * Kitchen Aid hand mixer (I have a much earlier one that I have found good enough for most of my mixing needs.)
- * Ball glass jars, quart, pint, and half pint (I also use the 4 oz. size for storing small amounts and for mixing vinaigrette salad dressing)
- * Plastic lids for Ball jars, wide and regular mouth (I use the plastic lids for any jars that will be shaken (like raw milk) or where the food is likely to touch the lid, to avoid BPA and BPS)
- * Crock-Pot 20-ounce Lunch Warmer has a stainless steel insert and can reheat most foods in about an hour.
- * 12 quart stainless steel stock pot for bone broths and stocks
- Equipment I use and recommend available from other sources:
Specialty Foods & Miscellaneous Items [back to the list]
- Great Lakes for gelatin and collagen hydrolysate available on Amazon.
- Pure Indian Foods for Indian Ayurvedic foods
- Vital Proteins collagen peptides
Personal and Body Care Products and Organic Clothing [back to the list]
- blue canoe organic for women’s organic clothing including tops, pants, skirts, dresses, and lingerie
- CustomInk for organic t-shirts with custom designs
- Dirt Shirt for organic t-shirts, made in the US with organic cotton grown in Texas. [more information about Dirt Shirt]
- Loomstate for organic clothing, including men’s and women’s shirts, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and more
- Organix for organic intimate apparel for women and men
- Synergy Organic Clothing for fashion forward and yoga apparel for women
- Juil for earthing shoes and sandals. Juil uses leather with copper dots in the soles for earthing. Also available on Amazon.
Soaps and Other Body Care Products
- Dr. Bronner’s for Fair Trade and organic castile soaps, lotions, hair care, and baby skin care.
- Lucky Lizard Naturals for toxin-free makeup and body care products (Conroe, TX company)
- * Mercola for personal care products
- Mountain Rose Herbs for bath & body care products, including body butters, carrier oils, clays, and much more
- Organic cotton balls, swabs, and cotton rounds for medicine and makeup application on Amazon
- * Radiant Life for Ancient Minerals magnesium products, Blue Ice Beauty Balm, olive oil soap, shampoo, earthing supplies, oral care products, exercise equipment, shower filters, and much more
- Tropical Traditions for soaps, moisturizers, deodorants, hair and skin products, organic cotton balls and wipes, and teeth cleaners
- Vintage Tradition for natural body balm made with tallow from 100% grassfed cows, extra virgin olive oil, and essential oils. Vintage Tradition demo of how to make your own body balm.
- Wilderness Family Naturals for bath salts, deodorants, soap, lip balm, moisturizers, and other body care products
Tooth and Dental Care Products
- Ora Wellness for natural and organic products for tooth and mouth care including Bass toothbrushes and HealThy Mouth blends
- Tropical Traditions for teeth cleaners
Household Products [back to the list]
Cleaning Supplies and Water Systems
- Berkey Water Filters for countertop water filters, used by many WAPF’ers
- Dr. Bronner’s for Fair Trade and organic soaps and cleaners
- Mercola for cleaners, air purifiers, earthing, and fitness equipment
- * Radiant Life for water filters and shower filters (I use a Doulton counter-top water filter to remove chlorine, fluoride, and other contaminants. Replacement filters are by AquaCera.)
- Tropical Traditions for cleaners, detergents, bug treatments, hand sanitizer, and cleaning equipment
Bedding and Furniture
- Habitat Furnishings offers natural latex mattresses, mattress toppers, pillows, adjustable bases, pillows, sheets, and comforters. Recommended by a WAPF chapter leader.
- IntelliBED has Non-Toxic, Hypo-Allergenic, and Anti-Microbial bedding with a 60-day trial period and a 30-year guarantee.
- Lifekind – certified organic mattresses, bedding, and pillows. Lifekind also sells air filters and cleaning products.
- Natura – The Natural Sleep Solution offers mattresses, pillows, and bedding.
- New Living in Houston, TX, offers organic, allergy-free mattresses, sheets, pillows, bedding, mattress accessories, and bed frames.
- Savvy Rest has ” GREENGUARD GOLD Certification for mattresses, pillows, and mattress toppers. GREENGUARD Certified products are certified to GREENGUARD standards for low chemical emissions into indoor air. GREENGUARD GOLD certified products comply with stringent emission levels for over 360 VOCs (volatile organic compounds), a limit on the total of all emissions combined, plus additional requirements for sensitive populations such as children and the elderly.” They have mattresses and crib mattresses, mattress toppers, pillows, sheets, and platform beds. Savvyrest mattresses are used by Sally Fallon Morrell, president of the WAPF, and other chapter leaders.
- Sleeping Organic has organic mattresses, sheets, pillows, mattress pads, crib mattresses, and bed frames.
Babies and Children’s Clothing and Care Products
Organic baby and children’s clothes
- Organic baby clothes (multiple brands and styles) on Amazon
- Organic children’s clothes (multiple brands and styles) on Amazon
- Organic cloth diapers (multiple brands and styles) on Amazon
Other products for babies and children
- The First Years Close and Secure Sleeper on Amazon
- Seventh Generation Free and Clear Disposable Diapers on Amazon
Health Protection Products [back to the list]
- Radiant Life for EMF (Electromagnetic Field) protection for cell phones, laptops, and tablets.
Garden and Farm Products [back to the list]
For Houston area sources see Local.
Online sources of garden products:
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for open-pollinated seeds: pure, natural and non-GMO heirloom seeds from 70 countries.
- Modesto Milling for certified organic feed for farm animals including poultry, livestock, rabbits, and more
Other Resource Lists [back to the list]
These resource pages are from other real food bloggers. They do contain affiliate links:
- Empowered Sustenance Shopping List
- Food Renegade Shopping List
- Kelly the Kitchen Kop Resource List
- Nourished Kitchen Shopping Guide
- Real Food Forager, Resource Page for Real Food
- The Healthy Home Economist Shopping List
Additional Ways to Find Real Food [back to the list]
Find Real Food App: Online application to find sources of real food in your zip code area using the WAPF app.
Join the WAPF! Members get a Shopping Guide each year. The 2016 guide has 89 detailed pages of listings of healthy, traditional foods. The Shopping Guide includes many recommended brands that are widely available in groceries, health food stores, and other markets.
Last updated June 22, 2016.