I finally got to Clear Brook Farm and to the Village Peddler yesterday on my lunch break. At Clear Brook, I bought Honey Crisp apples from Scott Farm, NY state peaches, arugula, basil, tomatoes, smoked turkey and sweet Italian sausage from Green Mountain Smoke House, bread from a bakery in Middlesex, eggs from Someday Farm in East Dorset, granola made in Manchester and another package of Putney Pasta. That haul cost me just under $50.
At the Village Peddler I bought “Old Fashioned Squares” crackers, Castleton Crackers (made in Castleton, VT), Vermont Common Crackers, Maple Grove Farm’s maple cream sandwich cookies, Vermont Morning hot cereal (a reader recommendation) and a small box of milk chocolate non-pareils. This small haul cost me about $26.
I figured eating local for a week would cost me a lot more money than I’d normally spend for a week’s worth of groceries, but yesterday’s tab came to about $75. That’s a lot cheaper than what I normally spend on groceries, which ranges between about $100 and $120. I still have a few more items to pick up for dinners, so it’ll be interesting to see if eating/buying local costs me more or less for my weekly food supply than my normal Clear Brook-Price Chopper shopping routine.
(I’ve also been meaning to weigh myself to see if I gain or lose weight during a week of eating local foods.)
Yesterday was a much easier day once I had done this shopping. Here’s what I ate:
Breakfast: Home-made coffee cake and Trader Joe’s coffee. (not local)
Mid-morning snack: cantaloupe from Clear Brook Farm.
11:30 AM: Leftover Putney Pasta with home-made pesto.
Lunch (1:30 PM): Two slices of whole grain bread, hummus, tomato and cheddar cheese.
Afternoon snack: A couple of non-pareils and a cider donut. (Eric surprised me at lunch with a dozen red roses and a cider donut! He’s the best!)
Dinner: Green Mountain Smokehouse sweet Italian sausage and panzanella.
This was the first time I had tried Green Mountain Smokehouse’s sausage. The sweet Italian links were delicious and cooked up beautifully. They were, however, VERY fatty. I realize it’s pork sausage, but these seemed too fatty to me (they practically cooked in their own fat), which is why I ate only one link. I will buy them again and I plan to prepare them Fenway Park style and with polenta and sauteed peppers and onions.
Dessert: A couple of non-pareils and a couple of maple cream sandwich cookies.
How’s your eat local challenge going?