I’ve come to the realization, again, that if I start my weekly food shopping at the produce place, my fridge will fill up with fruits, veggies, eggs, and dairy products. It’s really simple. If I start with my priorities, then I’ll stick to them. My husband and I have decided our biggest priority is locally-raised meat. I’m going to investigate doing monthly bulk orders through a local coop. After meat, we’ll be buying hormone-free milk and locally raised eggs at a local produce stand, plus buying mostly conventional produce at the stand. While I’d like to buy the Dirty Dozen organically, I also need to balance my time and budget.
This month, I’m balancing our nutritional priorities with stocking up for the beginning of school, plus purchasing locally-raised fruits and veggies. I know we’ll be spending more than normal, however, I’ve re-allocated some of our money. Instead of buying a big order of vitamins, I reduced our order, and spent $100 on meat at Whole Foods. We also spent about $50 more at Costco.
Next month, I will be making a trip out to Lancaster County to stock up on apples for applesauce, apple butter, and apple pies. At the same time, I will be using up the processed foods we have in the pantry and freezer in preparation for the October Unprocessed Challenge. While I’m shifting money around again in the budget, I will also be buying less at the store. I’m challenging myself to only shop at the produce place the entire month.
This fall, I’m challenging myself to learn to make some more items from scratch like ricotta. I’m also going to work on my sourdough starter. Sourdough is cheaper than yeasted breads because the starter is created from wild yeast in the air.