I am such an advocate of shopping local! Since my daughter was born, I made the decision to pursue healthier eating and shopping at local Farmer’s Market’s is one of the healthiest, most frugal way to eat better!
This week I’m gonna show you all that I got from my local Farmer’s Market and talk about my weekly food budget. We are a family of 4 and my grocery budget for EVERYTHING (paper products, dog food, household items, batteries, etc) is $200 a week. I get about 80-90% of our food from my local Farmer’s Market and supplement with trips to Costco or Publix.
Today I spent $91 at the market and came out with TONS of groceries! There are a few things that I don’t buy at the market because of the cost. These are…
- Bacon – I buy that at Costco for cheap
- Beef and Pork– too expensive for us. I either find a local meat market to purchase “Family Packs” or buy from Costco.
- Alcohol – my husband will never give up his beer!
- Oils, vinegar, and Maple Syrup – I buy them from Costco.
- Eggs – I usually get these from a local hobby farmer but she was out of them so I bought some today from the market. I usually get them for $3. I found this local lady off Craigslist. At the market today they were $4.
- Milk – my kids just started drinking raw milk again because I found someone local who sells it. I buy this for $10 a gallon and they get a gallon a week. When it’s out, it’s out.
Here is what I found at my Farmer’s Market…if I remembered the price, I listed it…
From left to right…
- 9 bananas, 4 for $1
- 2 large heads of broccoli, 2 for $3
- pack of 6 large nitrate free hot dogs, $6
- HUGE box (6 pints) of strawberries, $9
- 6 large carrots
- 2 green peppers
- 5 yellow squash
- 3 zucchini
- 4 avocados, 2 for $3
- 2 pints of blueberries, $3
- 5 tomatoes
- lots of small red potatoes
- 2 heads of romaine lettuce
- 1 large cabbage
- 6 sweet potatoes
- 1 green onion, $1
- 1 large bunch of spinach leaves, $1
- 1lb of Amish butter, $6
- 2 pints of white mushrooms
- bunch of red grapes
- 12 dozen eggs, $4
- Asparagus bunch
- 2 whole chickens, 2 for $15
Total = $91!!! Can’t beat that, eh?!?!
I got a few other things at Publix to supplement this trip:
- 2 bottles of local wine, BOGO free $9.99
- Yengling beer, $6.99
- Yo Kids organic yogurt, $3.50 (I put these in the freezer for a frozen treat!)
- BOGO watermelon chunks, $1.50 (I make popsicle with these)
- Thyme – forgot to grab some at the market
- Parsley – forgot to grab some at the market
- Smoked Paprika
- 1lb of Boar’s Head chicken cuts, $9
Total = $57
This brings my total spending to $148 for the week!
A few budget points:
I have 2 lbs of ground beef in my freezer and 2 whole chickens from the market today to use in our meals, as well as bacon for breakfast.
I will need to use $10 on milk and $10 on more eggs (we average 4 dozen eggs a week) which brings my total to $168.
I will use the other $30 on buying more meat at some point during the week from Costco. I hope to get a roast and some chicken thighs. We eat out once, maybe twice, a week and never more.
I will not go over my $200 budget. I am pretty good about that. I operate on cash, so when the cash is out, so is the food and I need to be creative with how we use it. Also, I can, and have, cut this budget in half to only $100 a week, while still eating 75% Paleo. I supplement our meals with some rice, discount foods from market deals, and non-organic produce. It is possible, but it is more challenging. You have to really shop around.
Tell me what you find at your Farmer’s Markets and how you work your family budget!!!