I've been trying to be very careful with our food budget lately. We've decided to try to eat more locally than organically (aside from the dirty dozen). Now that the farmer's markets are starting up, that's a lot easier. We get our eggs from our farmer's market for two dollars fewer than those in the grocery store. And this lady lives just up the road! I know that she sells eggs in the off season, too. We're going to have to visit her once the farmer's markets end for the year.
There's a farm in a town about half an hour away that has a large farm stand and restaurant. We dropped by today while wandering around my old stomping grounds. There are two things I love about this farm: their peaches and their "seconds" deals. Their peaches are to die for. For the seconds deals, they put all of the produce that is bruised, damaged, or about to go off into bags and boxes and sell them for a deep discount. I love it when huge baskets of peaches go up there. I can them and enjoy them all year.
But tonight, we were treated to a nice surprise. There were four bags of produce on the seconds shelf. They were mixed packages of parsnips and small potatoes. Each bag was fifty cents. Rather than just buying one, I figured we could afford the $2 for all of them. When I got home, I weighed them. For two dollars, we got:
- 10.5 pounds parsnips = $1.27 = $0.11 per pound
- 5.75 pounds potatoes = $0.73 = $0.13 per pound
I had bought a spiral sliced ham a while ago. I had never bought a spiral sliced ham before, just the regular old kind. I threw it in the freezer, and mostly forgot about it. I'd open the door, feel guilty about not dealing with it, and shut the door without giving it another thought. Finally, I thawed that and decided to repackage it.
We'll see how it goes. So long as I can get it all done while Miss F is down for a nap, it should be a snap.