Farmer's Market Haul 12/5/09 (not shown: apples and eggs)
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I spent about $90 at the farmer's market this week, more than I usually spend, and it's because I bought 2.5 pounds of beef and 3ish pounds of pastured chicken in addition to my weekly veggies, and bread. That doesn't seem like a lot of food for $90 but I can do a lot with it, and everything will get eaten one way or another.
The beef vendor sells pastured chickens which I didn't realize until the season is almost over. I'm going to try this one and see how it is. If it's good, I might join their chicken CSA which starts in the spring, and can pick up my chicken at the farmer's market which is convenient.
If you live in Silicon Valley are interested in joining the chicken CSA, let me know and I can put you in touch with the farmer. You only have to commit to one chicken a month during the season which is roughly April thru Nov/Dec (but be prepared to spend about $30 for it). You can pick up at Palo Alto or Mountain View farmer's markets.
I thought I'd start posting how much I am spending on food and what I do with it in case that might be helpful for people. What's shown is about what I can use up in a week. We go through about a loaf of bread and a dozen eggs a week. The beef I'll make into stew with the carrots, onion, celery (I have some from last week), and red rose potatoes. I'll roast the chicken and we might have that with the chard or the purple cauliflower. If not, the purple cauliflower will make a yummy pasta with carmelized onions, crushed dried chilis, and conchiglie. We also eat a ton of salad, easily two pounds of mixed greens a week. We use a head of garlic a week, too.
I rarely throw out produce--we eat everything we buy. What I do end up throwing away are things like half-eaten bags of tortilla chips or crackers. Or pita bread or corn tortillas that go bad before we can finish them. We just can't ever seem to finish a bag of chips or box of crackers before they go stale. We definitely prefer fresh foods in this family. Not a bad thing.