After the excesses of Thanksgiving, it’s time to get back to the basics.
First stop: Wheatsville Co-op
Bulk goods plus other goodies.
- Celery, 1.18 pounds: $1.05
- Garlic, 0.11 pounds: $0.60
- Cheddar cheese, 0.55 pounds: $3.35
- Graham crackers, $3.99
- Toilet paper x2, $1.38
- Brown rice, 1.15 pounds: $3.21
- Corn flakes, 0.42 pounds: $2.22
- Peanuts, 0.86 pounds: $3.43
- Lentils, 0.69 pounds: $1.17
- Corn meal, 0.45 pounds: $0.67
- Soymilk, half-gallon: $3.49
- Eggs, 12 count: $3.00
- Toothpaste: $4.79
The clay-based toothpaste is a first, so fingers crossed that it actually works well for both me and my husband. The graham crackers of course I could have done without, but I’ll blame that on Thanksgiving for spoiling me.
Next Stop: Downtown Farmers Market
- Tomatoes, 1 basket: $5.00
- Carrots, 1 bunch: $3.00
- Onions, 1 bunch: $3.00
- Mushrooms, 1.09 pounds: $6.00
- Kale, 1 bunch: $3.00
- Spaghetti squash, 3 pounds: $7.00
- Broccoli, 2 heads: $5.00
- Chicken, 3.56 pounds: $16.00
There were only about half the number of booths at the farmers market this week, maybe because they’re still on holiday or maybe because we had our first freeze of the season earlier this week. These may be the last of the farmers market tomatoes, but the broccoli and kale looked really delicious already. This week I also remembered to make some carrot top pesto when I got home rather than waiting for the tops to get all droopy.
Seeing the price of this haul kind of makes me question how sustainable farmers markets really are, though. Sustainable from the perspective that it may not make sense for everyone to do it, even if the farmers kept up. After all, it would have been way cheaper to buy whatever conventional, shipped in produce is available at the H-E-B. At the same time, I realize it may just feel that way because Americans are so accustomed to cheap prices while every other country is willing to spend a higher percentage of their income on food. But, how do you convince someone to pay more when they have other options?
Final Stop: My backyard
I should have harvested the immature peas while I had the chance. Checking on them this morning, they were the most miserable looking plants ever. The frost and continued cooler weather destroyed the few pods that had grown, so those two peas I ate earlier will be the only two for the year.
At least there were a few little radishes out there to much on. Time to put some more radish seeds out and maybe more carrot seeds also, since those should be able to grow all winter here.