Normally, I make 1-2 shopping trips per week. On the weeks I make two trips, it's one to the farmers' market and one to the grocery store (they're in opposite directions from my house, so I can't hit both in one drive). Our farmers' market sells the produce they grow behind the shop and food from local farmers when it's available. In January, most of the food is brought in from other parts of the country. But I still like to shop there to support a small business and products grown in North America.
For $41.34, I bought . .
- 2 pounds of butter, $8.29
- pound of organic ricotta cheese, $4.95
- head of cauliflower, $3.99
- unsweetened ketchup, $3.45
- 3/4 pound of shelled edamame, $2.89
- onion, $.50
- bell pepper, $.98
- zucchini, $.91
- pound of panko, $2.15
- pound of organic American cheese, $5.09
- 1/2 pound of pistachios, $4.79
- pound of organic celery, $2.15
- potatoes, $1.20
(a pound is 450 grams)
This is a pretty typical trip in that I bought some things to eat right away, and some things we'll eat over the next few weeks or months. (That's why you don't see any fruit, bread, or yogurt here - I bought those last week and we're still working on them.) Mostly things we'll eat this week (I'm planning to make lentil "meatballs" and stir fry and any leftovers will become a soup). The ketchup, butter, and breadcrumbs will be eaten slowly, and probably not replaced again for several months. The cheese (for veggie burgers or grilled cheese) and pistachios (eaten as snacks) will take a few weeks to finish.
You may have noticed I bought some organic items and some conventional. The reasons vary, but usually it's because the market doesn't offer it. Some things, like the onions, have an organic option, but they're sold in giant bags. I don't want 20 pounds of onions, so I just buy the conventional ones loose if I need them that week.
Does this look anything like your grocery shopping?
And if you have ten seconds to spare, watch this kitten attack a potato (that fits in with grocery shopping, right?):
Makes me laugh every time :)