Trader Joe’s is our weekly go-to store. It’s fun and affordable, so we use it for staple foods and to try new foods. Most of their products are OE manufactured. This means that someone else makes the product, but the Trader Joe’s name goes on it. That said, they are fantastic at sourcing interesting foods from all over the world.
These stores are smaller than your typical grocer, but they pack a lot in. They have full sections for produce, meat and alternatives, frozen foods, pantry foods, household goods, and alcohol (in most states).
Because they have a natural focus, you will find lots of dairy-free goodies at any given time in Trader Joe’s. You will even find gluten-free and vegan items, too. But the offerings do change a little with the season and they sometimes rotate out old favorites to make room for new items. You can read some of my reviews for their seasonal items.
And some of the other cool dairy-free items they have include alternatives for mozzarella, creamer, and ice creams, plus numerous milk beverages. You will also have fun perusing their frozen foods, which are stocked with quick meals and even a knock-off on Amy’s vegan Roasted Vegetable Pizza.
Convenience is also key at this chain, so many items are pre-cut, pre-packaged, pre-made and/or sized perfectly for households of various sizes. But if you plan to visit this popular store, try to do it during off peak shopping hours. They can get insanely packed.
And don’t forget to pick up the Fearless Flyer. Every month, they print a fun guide to new items, seasonal goods, and current staff favorites. It is also available in a different format online.
Where to Find Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s stores are scattered about the U.S. Visit the Trader Joe’s website below for an easy-to-use store locator. There are several Trader Joe’s stores stationed close to the Canadian border, and many Canadians come down on day trips to take advantage of it!