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Farmer’s Market Rainbows

June 17, 2011

I’m incredible inconsistent in my grocery shopping. I go in and out of phases. Sometimes I want to just shop in one grocery store and not run to a million places. Other times, I shop in 5 different places in a week – multiple farmer’s markets, discount grocery stores, regular grocery stores, Target for a few things because I’m there anyway, the farm a few miles away for meat. It depends on the week, but usually I fall into some sort of combination of all of the above, depending what we need. I also go in and out of phases of super strict budgeting grocery money, shopping specific sales at the grocery store and on the complete other end, challenging myself to try to do as little of our food shopping as possible in an actual grocery store.

I’m not saying that any of the above are right or wrong. I kind of just shop depending on my mood and available time that week, but almost always I tell myself that when I go to the farmer’s markets I spend way more than I need to. So last week, I decided to pay a bit more attention just to get an awareness of just how much I might be wasting and I was surprised to actually realize how much I got.

Last Week, $24 Bought:

  • 1 basil plant
  • 1 lemonade
  • 1 bagel
  • 1 loaf of rye bread
  • 6 limes
  • 5 apricots
  • 1 pint organic strawberries
  • 1 big-ish organic tomato
  • 3 organic apples
  • 2 peppers
  • 4 lemons
  • 1/2 lb bacon ends
  • 2 organic zucchini
  • 5 bananas
  • 1 quart mixed baby potatoes

This week at a different market, I didn’t do as great of a job keeping track of money, but I spent about $35-ish on this list, including $2 parking:

  • a few lbs of red and white new potatoes
  • 1 pint red raspberries
  • 1 pint black raspberries
  • 1 cup or coffee
  • 1 quart strawberry milk
  • 1 soft pretzel
  • somewhere between a pint and quart of sun gold tomatoes
  • 1 organic purple pepper
  • 1 head organic deer tongue lettuce
  • 1 head purple garlic
  •  1 small container of shredded tomme goat cheese
  • 1 organic yellow tomato
  • 1 big bunch of organic kale
  • 1 bunch onions
  • 3 fun white cucumbers

This is (obviously) not all of my grocery shopping. We eat what feels like gallons of fruit every week, so we’ve also gone through a lot more lettuce from the garden, 3 pints of blueberries, many lbs of cherries, endless apples and carrots(they’re the snacks in our house that anyone is allowed to grab and eat anytime without asking), oranges and more bananas.  But, all things considered, I was surprised by how much more I was actually getting for the money than I realized – especially since we actually ate/eat all of it. Plus — LOOK at all of that goodness!

Dinner tonight: PW’s Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce, roasted potatoes and onions, a big green salad and maybe some peas from the garden if there are enough left after the kids pick them. Dessert: Raspberry crisp! Coming up this weekend: kale chips, zucchini ribbons, tomato + basil + oil + vinegar + a sprinkle of cheese + bread.

How about you? Are you starting to find tons of goodness at your markets? Do you find that you spend more or less than elsewhere when you go? DO you go to/have farmer’s markets?

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  1. June 19, 2011 10:20 am

    Beautiful pictures, they make me hungry! I shop like you do, here there and everywhere. I don’t seem to track farmers market shopping budgets as well either but I always feel good about spending my money there. We eat what we buy there which doesn’t always happen with items from the grocery store.

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