Azure $130.65 (local distributor)
Alden’s Chocolate Choc Chip Ice Cream 6 x 48 ozs. $20.00
Alden’s Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream, Org 6 x 48 ozs. $20.00
Alden’s Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream, O 3 x 48 ozs. $10.00
FFL 7-Sprouted Grain English Muffins,Org CASE of 12 $26.00
SB Pimento Stuffed Olives 12 x 5 ozs. $26.60
M.O. Whole Capers, Organic 3.5 ozs. $3.00
Spectrum Balsamic Vinegar, Organic 3 x 16.9 ozs. $15.83
Spectrum Canola Mayonnaise 12 x 32 ozs. $51.60
Lundberg Wild Rice Blend 5 lbs. $9.32
Raw Cane Juice Crystals 10 lbs. $12.00 (Cafe Mam, local coffee roaster)
Dairy $28.00 (local, farm direct raw milk)
Produce $140 (local, farm direct prepaid CSA share)
Chickens $39.13 (local, farm direct Deo Volente)
Beef $19.00 (local, farm direct Thundering Hooves)
OK, OK, so we eat an obscene amount of ice cream…
…but other than that, I love seeing our budget shrinking. We have canceled Organics to You because we get to eat the excess fruit from Organically Grown Company (which I pay for with my labor taking orders and assembling bins for the families in Portland Green Parenting). We have also canceled Noris by default because forgetful me didn’t put a check out 2 weeks in a row.
Also, our garden has been producing greens like crazy, which is nice! I don’t quite know how to figure in the cost of our garden (especially the loss of all my seeds due to eaving them outside to get ruined in the rain– did I mention I am forgetful?), and I have not kept track of restaurants this month either, so my accouting is not perfect, but all in all, I am very pleased to see this month’s out of pocket spendings under $250!
Speaking of our garden, today I harvested a bunch of green and rainbow chard and sauteed them in lots of delicious Noris butter with some garlic scapes and broccoli florets from our CSA share. For dinner, we went to our friends’ place for Dinner Club (a wonderful new tradition that a few of the PGP families started) and I brought a huge green salad with lettuce from our garden, and spinach, mizuna and fennel from our CSA share that went well with the homemade flat bread, dips, and veggie pie that were served. Yumm!
We are not there 100% yet, but eating mostly organic and so much more locally than before really feels great. I am loving learning about the business of produce by reading the weekly reports put out by Organically Grown Company, and just starting to feel more in touch with the seasons. I am also loving getting dairy, chickens, beef, and produce farm direct as much as possible, cutting out the middlemen and of course cutting way way down on food miles. It feels good to know who I am supporting and where my food comes from. I am also starting to think that my initial idea when I set out on this crazy ‘no more grocery store shopping’ mission to only buy dry goods/staples twice a year was not such a bad one. It’s been very liberating to not have to depend on the grocery store and to learn how to make food with what I have on hand. It’ll be interesting to make it through this 1st experimental year, and be able to look back and see where I went wrong and what I did right… no matter what, so far I am enjoying the experience!