I've mentioned many times before that Dave and I take great pride in our garden and immeasurable satisfaction in feeding our family from the patch. Last summer, the garden was thriving. We harvested over 17 kilos in Tomatoes and ate fresh each and every night.
We noticed that we needed to spend much less at the grocery store and were still eating really healthy, nutritious foods.
Winter has been quite the opposite. We've been lucky to harvest a few handfuls of Kale and Rocket every couple of days. Everything has slowed right down, the peas and beans yielded next to no fruit and the broccoli didn't even flour.
Yet we still find ourselves being as frugal as possible when we hit supermarket. Not necessarily because we can't afford to spend more, but rather, we enjoy the challenge of eating well and still having some cash in the bank.
Since having a garden, my interest in organic produce has increaced. Knowing what we grow at home is free of pesticides and chemicals is a great feeling. What we put on the plate is always as fresh as possible, retaining maximum nuterients. Yet when I buy fruit and veg, I never buy organic. The price tag and the 'a-little-less-than-fresh' look always put me off.
Maybe it's silly to put the health and wellbeing of my family at risk for the sake of a few dollars. But it's likely that not buying organic is not actually doing that anyway. Maybe, i think.
Never the less- I'm setting myself a little task. Kind of like this one, but different.
Over the next few weeks, in an attempt to become a more conscious and ethical consumer, i'm going to explore a few different approaches to feeding my family on a budget of $150. I'll look into what types of food we can eat for $150 when we shop for organic food, local food and run of the mill supermarket stuff.
First week we'll eat what we usually do (from coles or woolies or aldi), second week we'll eat only organic and third week i'm going to put food miles as the first priority, meaning i'll only buy local produce.
In the mean time, I'd love to know a little about how you shop and *gasp* how much you spend.
Do you shop once a week, do you buy organic where possible or exclusively organic? Do you prioritise eating local produce? What's important to you in feeding you family?
I'd genuinely love to hear your thoughts/practices on this so, lets talk.
I'll be honest, if we have green stuff on our plate, I think i've done well.