Alex and I woke up to gloomy, rainy weather, which is not the ideal condition for the last day of the Andersonville farmer’s market. For the past 4 months, we’ve been frequenting our favorite farmer’s market in my neighborhood. Not only do we buy a bulk of our weekly produce, we converse/flirt (teehee) with the farmers and distributors, learn about the sustainable agriculture community and movements, support individual farmers, do research and ask questions about different CSA programs, gather recipe recommendations, find alternatives to grocery stores, and allow food to help us build these positive, rewarding relationships. I am extremely sad that the growing season is over because I look forward to every Wednesday that I get to stroll through the market with Alex, talk to farmers, and think on my feet about what dishes I’ll be making the following week.
As a winter alternative, we have joined New Leaf Natural Grocery’s produce box program where all of the produce comes from local and organic farms. For $33, we get enough produce to feed about 4-6 people with an awesome variety of fruits and veggies. Since we do not eat much processed foods and have a produce-based diet, it amounts to a week’s worth of food between the two of us. We went in and bought a few things, signed up for the program, and checked out the grocery store for the first time. I was tempted to blow all of my money on cacao nibs, organic dark chocolate, hemp oil, organic and fair trade coffee, and other new age health stuffs. I had to resist this time, but I’ll be back to get more stuff.
As for meat, we joined C&D Family Farms CSA. It will cost us $310 for 3 months supply of meat. We get 15 lbs of a variety cuts from different animals (mainly chicken, pork, and beef). I am pretty excited for all this since I won’t have any control over what comes in these boxes, so I’ll have to come up with creative ways to prepare these meals. :)
Oh, and I finally took the air conditioner that’s been sitting in my bedroom window, so I definitely feel like I’m finalizing the arrival of fall. Poo.
I’m gonna drown my sorrows in jambalaya left overs and kale chips! \m/