Rhaya’s Wrap Up
I learned so much this week. Not only about local foods, but also about my cooking skills (or lack there of). I used the oven more times this past week than I have in the past year, and while I am not going to start baking homemade pie, I am going to make an attempt to use my oven more often — especially as the temperatures get cooler and we still have all these local squash and other root vegetables available. I am also going to make some big batches of soup, and freeze them, so I can still eat locally when there is snow on the ground.
Here is a run-down of my costs this week, and some of the vendors I used.
$68.00 at Carmel Farmers Market. Purchases included assorted vegetables and fruit, herbs, eggs and yogurt (totaling $34) mead ($20) and goat cheese ($12)
$22.00 at Traders Point Creamery. Purchases included milk, yogurt, raw milk cheese and fresh mozzarella.
$9.50 at the Take Root farm stand in Greenwood. Purchases included a variety of squash and a cantaloupe.
$8.50 at Downtown Farmer’s Market. Purchases included lettuce, sugar snap peas and raspberries.
$10.00 at Nature’s Cupboard. Purchases included more Traders Point Creamery yogurt and cheese.
I don’t know how this compares to how much I usually spend on groceries. It may be more than usual, however, because I think I spent more, and because some of the items were hard to come by, I was significantly less wasteful. And also because I always had a fridge and counter full of fresh produce, fruits and dairy, I definitely ate much healthier.
Today, I already had an all-local lunch, and I am going to continue eat locally whenever possible. However, I am looking forward to incorporating grains and nuts back into my diet. And my cup of coffee this morning never tasted so good.