Post # 1
I’ve seen a lot of posts about cost-effective meals lately but there’s little mention of farmers markets and/or backyard gardens.
The farmers market is my favorite part of my week. I shop at the market for all produce I can’t grow and meat. I buy grains and dairy from the grocery store. Since I started ‘eating local’ 1 year ago, I’ve noticed a huge drop in my monthly food bills! I spend more in the summer/fall (when produce is more abdunant) and can/freeze/preserve my ass off, which means lees $ in the winter/spring.
Who visits farmers markets and/or gardens? Any favorite items? Feel free to share food preservation tips, too!
Post # 3
I can’t grow anything here because there is too much wildlife and they will eat everything. I do like farmer’s markets but they are still very expensive (at least around here- costco is cheaper). I know a few people who belong to CSAs and that seems to work out well.
My best tip would be to freeze items like strawberries on a cookie tray, not touching each other. Once frozen, put in a ziploc bag. That way you don’t have a huge frozen lump but can easily extract a few frozen berries at a time. This works well for pre-frozen cookie dough too!
Post # 4
We go to a farmer’s market every Saturday. You are absolutely right, eating local is so much easier on your food budget. My friends are always suprised that I can feed my family of four, on organic local and grass-fed meat, for four hundred dollars a month. When you don’t dine out due to dietary restrictions and and you don’t cook everything, you end up saving a ton.