Project: Food Budget–Week 22
A couple weeks ago I mentioned I was thinking of cancelling my CSA because the quality and quantity was going down. This past week when I saw the contents I was slated to get, I went ahead and cancelled. I was disappointed with the variety and volume, so it just didn’t make sense to continue to subscribe. As Emily pointed out, it’s a classic case of they got too popular and didn’t have enough food to go around!
Ordinarily, I would have had a CSA box this week, so, instead I set off on a challenge that went like this: See if I could buy only organic produce at Whole Foods Market and meet or beat the price I was paying for my CSA share. While I was at it, I bought all our groceries there.
My CSA box always had 12 items and cost $37, so, each item was $3.08. On my challenge, I would buy at least 12 produce items, and try to beat $37 while buying at least or more than the typical CSA “portion.” I tried to buy a variety of items that would mimic would I would get in my share.
Here is where I netted out:
Former Bi-Weekly CSA – 12 items – $37
Whole Foods Market – 12 Items – $33.71.
And, the best part is, I got more volume from WFM that I had been getting each week, in some cases by double (for instance, I would only get 2 potatoes, or 2 tomatoes in the produce box, and I got four here). I will admit I went blueberry crazy – they had organic blueberries for $1.99 a pint last Friday only, so I stocked up – but 3 pints only counted as one item! (And they are pretty much all gone now.)
Oh, and how did I do on the budget overall?
Magic! No calculator, just the little bit of grey matter between my ears. I know WFM gets a rap for being expensive, but I really didn’t find it to be over the top. Their 365 beans are cheeee-ap, and have no salt added, which is nice. And, their organic skim milk is the exact same price as our Trader Joe’s.
|Whole Foods Market||Qty.||Extended Price ($)|
|Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips||1||4.99|
|Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips||1||2.99|
|Quick Rolled Oats||1||3.29|
|Original Corn Thins||1||2.79|
|Chobani Greek Yogurt, Plain||1||$5.69|
|Garden Veggie Tempeh||1||$2.79|
|365 Brand Frosted Mini Wheats||1||$3.39|
|High Fiber Cereal||1||$3.69|
|Organic Nonfat Milk||1||$5.79|
|365 Organic Black Beans||2||$2.00|
|365 Organic Pinto Beans||2||$2.00|
|36 Organic Garbanzo Beans||1||$1.00|
|Russet Potatoes, Organic||4||$2.71|
|Red Chard, Organic||1||$2.69|
|Green Kale, Organic||1||$2.69|
|Yellow Peaches, Organic||3||$2.44|
|Roma Tomatoes, Organic||4||$3.03|
|Kiwi Fruit, Organic||4||$2.76|
|Cremini Mushrooms, Organic||1||$1.96|
|Carrots, Organic, 2 lb bag||1||$1.99|
Menu for the Week
- Monday: Lentil Burgers and Russet Potato Home Fries
(I just threw a variety of stuff in the food processor and came out with a good lentil burger – it seems those are the times things come out well and I don’t write it down. Drats.)
- Tuesday: Tasty Black Bean and Corn Tacos
- Wednesday: By request: Teriyaki Chickpeas — 2Chili cannot get enough of this dinner. If you have picky eaters and haven’t tried this, I highly recommend it!
- Thursday: Baked Cashew Ziti
- Friday: Refried Bean Enchiladas
- Saturday-Sunday: TBD
- Emily Levenson
- Veggie Converter
- Dairy-Free Cooking
- Motor City Girl In the Steel City
- Veggie Burgher
- The Happy Cactus
- Test Kitchen Tuesday
- Newly Vegan
- Veggie on the Cheap
- MeloMeals: Vegan For $3.33 A Day
- The Veggie Life
- Caroline Cain Holistic Health
- Going Veggie
- Under The Apple Tree
- Be the Change