Last week, I decided that our raw milk purchasing plan was not working for me right now. We all love the raw milk, and the farm fresh eggs and cheese are fabulous. However, the pickup is usually Friday afternoon around 1 to 1:30 depending on when the items are delivered. Last Friday, I never received an email and headed out anyway to pick up our food. Fortunately, the delivery had been made.
The purchasing is organized by a group of wonderful people all committed to local foods and farmers. They volunteer their time to coordinate the ordering and picking up the food from the farmer. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate their hard work. However, on my end, Friday afternoons in the summer are not a good time to be running errands. I’ll revisit the raw milk delivery in the fall when the kids are back in school.
In the meantime, I am simplifying my food shopping. My husband and I started food shopping together Thursday nights a few months ago which has become a way for us to chat without any children around. Not only do I love the time invested in our relationship, it’s also an opportunity for me to educate him about our food choices. He has a stake in the food decisions for our family because he’s part of the shopping trip every week.
To keep the shopping simple, I’m going back to a basic weekly shopping list that helped me stay on track each week. I would write up the list and give it to my husband who would make the Sunday morning trip to the local produce stand and pick up what we needed for the week. The genesis of the list is its focus on the basics, especially fruits and vegetables. By starting my shopping focused on fruits and vegetables, I can ensure we get them into our diet. If I don’t, I’ll have to report my food waste every Friday!
Since this is our first week using the basic list again, I have no budget amount to report. Generally, this list costs us anywhere from $50 to $70 depending on the optional items we may need or if I find a good deal on fruits or vegetables. I also have a stock up list for Costco which I’ll be pulling together in another week. I need to do our Costco trip before I go to BlogHer at the beginning of August.
Basic Weekly Food Shopping List for our Family of 7
4 to 5 gallons of whole milk (usually 5 giving me 1 gallon for 2 batches of yogurt)
1 pint or 1 quart of cream (the amount varies depending on the menu)
4 to 5 lbs. of organic apples (I buy these for the kids and myself)
4 to 5 lbs. of conventional apples (my husband’s choice)
1 to 2 cartons of eggs
4 to 5 lbs. of bananas
4 to 5 lbs. of other fruit
Vegetables as needed: carrots, onions, celery, mushroom
5 lbs. of organic potatoes every other week
4 lbs. of other vegetables depending on my mood and the season – kale, cabbage, spinach, corn