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$40 Well Spent

January 25, 2011

Nick and I headed out to our local market this morning while Mia was at preschool. I never know what to call it, so I say farmer’s market for the sake of people understanding that I don’t mean the grocery store, but it’s bigger and there’s a lot more to buy than just a typical farmer’s market.

Here’s an aerial shot from their site – it includes the farmer’s market/food area, the auction area and (my favorite) the flea market area:

I did more shopping than I typically do here on a weekly or every-other-weekly basis, but we also needed more because I’ve been avoiding grocery shopping for about a week and trying to squeak by on what we have, so we were running out of staples like onions and carrots.

We do an envelope cash budgeting method for food(and a few other things), so I typically throw a $20 bill in my pocket or the top of the stroller and shop until I’m out of funds. I knew we needed more this week, so I stuck $40 in my pocket and this is what we came home with:

  • 1 dozen Eggs
  • 14 Onions
  • 7 Sweet Potatoes
  • a bunch of Carrots
  • a Bialy(not my smartest purchase. not sure why I thought Central PA was a smart place to buy a bialy)
  • a monster Panini Roll that fed all three of us well for lunch
  • a loaf of Sauerkraut Sourdough Rye bread
  • 1/2 lb. Smoked Turkey
  • 1/2 lb. Homemade Butter
  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 big oranges
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 4 Roma Tomatoes
  • 6 Golden Delicious Apples
  • a bunch of Bananas
  • 1/2 of Bacon ends(the most delicious bacon ever, but I usually won’t spend the money on it, so the ends are a good compromise)
  • a bunch of Asparagus
  • a bunch of Green Onions
  • a bushel(maybe a few lbs.?) of Baby Red Potatoes
  • a jar of Honey

Looking at the list, I’m not sure if I feel like I did quite as well as it felt walking away. I forgot to get lettuce. I came home with $0.67 in my pocket left of the $40. But considering that it’s the middle of winter and we managed to at least get some local good and not just all produce and products from thousands of miles away(though some surely are), that makes me feel better, too. We have a ton of produce to eat and for $40 at the regular grocery store, I know that I wouldn’t have focused so much on all of that produce – that’s a big part of the beauty of shopping at farmer’s markets to me.  So, $40 well spent.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2011 9:46 pm

    I think that is definitely $40 well spent… and I wish I lived near there.

  2. January 26, 2011 2:32 pm

    Wow. That place looks incredible! I wish that I lived near something like that…we have farmer’s markets but not in the winter!

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