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a simple trip to the farmers market could mean more $ in your pocket!

on June 3, 2012

Have you ever seen a banner up directing traffic to your city’s local farmer’s market? I ignored them for quite a while and made all my pit stops at Ralph’s, Von’s, Albertson’s, Piggly Wiggly, Market Basket, and Farm Fresh… whatever the largest chain that was close by. I noticed on average I was spending about $125-$200 per week for 2 people to eat. This is quite expensive per month and it also resulted in a lot of wasted food. I mean it’s just me and my hubby here… so far. This week I made a shopping plan and decided to take my list to Newport Beach Farmer’s Market with $60 in cash to see what I could find. I spent $26.75 on 1 large bunch broccoli, green lettuce, spinach, 4 onions, green beans, snap peas, 1 avacado, a pint of strawberries, 1 lb. of Rainier cherries, 1 lime, 1 lemon, 4 oranges, 2 white peaches, and a truly fun experience. Then I stopped at a local market and grabbed 1 dozen organic eggs, a few sugar-free protein bars, tomatoes, gouda, organic lean beef and chicken breast, raw shrimp and pistachios! The total bill (including everything in the picture) came to… drum roll please… $65 with tax. More than enough food for us for the week! I’ll be taking a picture of any waste at the end of the week. Whoever says you can’t eat healthy and save money… insert foot in mouth now and do not eat, please.

There are lots of great ways to make a smaller impact on your environment–and your wallet–and the easiest way to start is by adding a weekly trip to the farmer’s market. There’s something very rewarding about getting fresh beautiful produce from the farmer, or worker of the farm, that is most likely organic and is MUCH cheaper. Take for instance the Rainier cherries in the picture of produce: I bought them organic for $6 and then on the way home saw that they were non-organic for $6.99+tax at the local grocer. This isn’t a massive savings, but over time, and with the wide variety of produce you can get, you will be adding dollars to your wallet in no time. I hope this post encourages you to try some new veggies, fruits and other foods organic from your local farmer. I know you will be delighted with your experience!


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