Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Go Local! The $40 Farmer's Market Finds

I love my mid-week farmer's market! I love everything about it, the vendor's, the people, and the culture. There is a great myth that exists; it says, that shopping the local farmer's market and frugality have nothing in common. I'm here to kindly tell you, that is simply not true.


It's not true because, my farmer's market turns this...



Into this...



So that I can make all of this:

-Lamb Stew
-Butternut Molasses Soup
-Quinoa Salad
-Cheddar Cauliflower Soup
-Green Bean Salad
-Chocolate Chews

Notes:

-Budget break down: $11 1 1/2lb. grass-fed lamb stew meat, $5 raw goat feta cheese, $3 potatoes, $1 peppers, $2 tomatoes, $2 cucumbers, $1.50 green/purple beans, $.50 carrots, $3 cheddar cauliflower, $4 butternut squash, $4 dates, $1 red onion (not shown). Grand total = $38.

-By using common items I keep in bulk (grains and beans) in the pantry, meals are easy to put together with whatever I find at the market.

-The small amount of food we produce at home (eggs, greens, garlic, herbs, various fruits, etc.) rounds out the necessities.

What are your favorite farmer's market finds? How do you make due on a limited budget?

See this post and a host of others here: Real Food Wednesdays, Your Green Resource, Pennywise Platter

6 Comments:

At October 13, 2011 at 7:25 AM , Anonymous Katie said...

Your farmers' market is cheaper than mine! I mean, I love mine to death and am there every week during the season, but all the produce is about twice as much as what you list. That doesn't make any sense, since you would think produce would be cheaper to grow in Oklahoma than in Arizona, but oh well!

Even so, it's true that shopping farmers' markets does not have to be expensive! Especially if you mostly get produce rather than meat and dairy; I often get out of there for less than $20 with a whole basketful of goodies. ^_^

 
At October 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM , Anonymous Stephanie said...

Towards the end of the season, there's a farmer who sells bulk bags of baby savoy cabbages for $5 each. They are wonderful!

 
At October 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM , Anonymous Andrea @ The Greenbacks Gal said...

great finds! I'm so jealous you produce your own eggs! And we don't often have meat at our market. I need to start lobbying to get more!

Thanks for linking this to Your Green Resource!

 
At October 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM , Blogger Herbalmomma said...

I am on a committee for our local farmers market. We pride ourselves on being able to provide as much as possible with a little as possible. I have been feeding my family of 4 on $60 or less a week. The farmers market has been a really great way for us to cut cost, but also still work towards our goal of not going to the stores. Also, I have formed some really great relationships with the farmers, so on a really hard week, they have been known to add a little more to my basket. :) Thanks for sharing!

 
At October 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

@Herbalmomma Yes! That's what it's all about. This $40 feeds us my family of 5 for a week. I have had the very same experience with farmer's. You'll never find that kind of caring/sharing in the grocery store! Thank you for sharing:)

 
At October 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM , Anonymous Sarah @ pão e queijo said...

This is great! I go to the farmers market every week and pretty much refuse to buy supermarket produce. While I buy a lot of specialty foods on a whim, I do find in general that a lot of the produce is comparable or even less expensive than supermarket prices; the key is to buying seasonal ingredients and shopping around. I think a CSA could be even more reasonable.

 

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