One of the reasons I made the exception to this month's Pantry Challenge allowing us to purchase local produce was that this was supposed to be the last week that a local guy would have dates at the farmers market and I wanted to be sure we could pick some up. I was going to actually buy more than we could eat in the month he says they will keep in the fridge and try dehydrating them.
He wasn't there! We walked through the farmers market twice to be sure we didn't miss him. I'm so disappointed because we did not buy nearly enough last week. I'm not sure if it's worth the long drive into town tomorrow to see if he shows up at the Sunday farmers market but I'm seriously tempted.
Anyway, while we were there, I wanted to get a tomato as the organic garden where I volunteer is struggling with a virus or disease on their tomatoes. At the stand, I noticed white-fleshed sweet potatoes, too. Yum! I didn't know anyone was growing those in Arizona. I purchased four of those. Another farmer I like had bags of mixed potatoes: Yukon gold, purple, and red. We bought one bag of those (probably about 2-3 pounds) and a medium bag of green beans. We picked up a few of his plums, too, but are not crazy about the particular variety. I may try making stewed plums to see if we like them better that way.
All told, I spent $12.90. Unless I drive down to the other farmers market tomorrow, that will probably be my total food expenditure for the first week of October.
If anyone is interested, I can write about what we are eating from the pantry, fridge, and freezer. Some items are recent acquisitions (fresh produce), some bought in bulk at U-pick farms or from local farmers (freezer), and others purchased in bulk or on sale over the past few years (pantry). Would seeing my menu using those things be of interest or help to you?
Update: I am back to logging all my food in my other blog so that anyone following this challenge can see what I am actually eating. I'm giving more detail than usual, as well, to include the ingredients. See the Food Log.