Farmer’s Market Shopping Trip

So I’m getting a little crazy (and lazy) with my iphone photos.

I apologize that this photo is sideways. I would fix it now…except baby is screaming his poor little head off rather than snuggling with his blanket in his bed…so let’s make this quick!

  • Popcorn – $3 – because I was feeling festive…it was July 4th after all!
  • Vanilla – $9 (OUCH! I couldn’t resist…but it did push me over the edge to make my own vanilla.  Just need to wait until I can fit a bottle of vodka into my grocery budget…looks like that won’t be until August!)
  • White chocolate peanut butter – $3

Stopped by this quaint and cozy farmer’s market in Ashtabula, OH, when we were there last weekend visiting family.

  • Peach Cobbler Bread – $3 – because I was intrigued
  • Zucchini Bread – $3 – because it had an interesting “topping”
  • Rosemary Loaf Bread – $4 – because I wanted to feel like I was eating at a fancy restaurant by dipping it in olive oil with salt and pepper. Without having to pay fancy restaurant prices. Will plan to use the loaf for 3 different meals this month, and freeze if necessary.
  • (White Chocolate PB…pictured twice…only bought 1 jar.)

I was hoping to get to the local farmer’s market today…but that isn’t happning.  Let’s just say that I got a little sidetracked by the fact that I LOST MY PHONE and that was enough to throw me into a tailspin for the afternoon! *sigh*

It has been found. No need to panic with me! 😉

Farmer’s market total: $25

Total for the month: $24.99 link + $25 = $49.99

(I’ve blown through 1/3 of my budget for the month…eeps! I’m going to have to be pickier in the coming weeks!)

Are you shopping more at farmer’s markets these days?!


  1. says

    Erin, I put off making my own vanilla until a couple of months ago when I found a website that was running a sale on Madagascar vanilla beans. THEN, while my hubby and I were on vacation in Mexico I bought a 750ml of vodka for $9. I’ve got my vanilla up in the cabinet now, should be ready in October and I’m sssoo excited! I spent $19 on what would have cost me $78 at the grocery store.

    Moral of the story… go on vacation in a foreign country and get some cheap alcohol! haha :)

  2. Rhonda Hall says

    I did stop at my local farmer’s market yesterday and it is a little more pricey this year (I think)..No picture but this is what I bought: 6 red tomatoes
    2 yellow tomatoes
    1 small basket full of mini (grape) tomatoes
    2 cucumbers
    1 purple onion
    and 1 green pepper (more like the size of 2)
    and it was $13 but>>>>
    I made my own vanilla so I have vanilla for several years…(I made one bottle with absolute vodka, and 1 bottle with some kind of rum) (whew! the rum one is strong, I actually threw in several more beans with it…)
    Would love to try the white chocolate peanut butter, sounds delish..never heard of it…

    • kristin says

      peanut butter & co (based out of nyc) makes a variety of pb’s and they also have a white chocolate one also.. its avaliable @ wholefoods market or on their website hope thats helpful

      ps i love their cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter!!

  3. Rhonda Hall says

    On the homemade vanilla, I also bought my vanilla beans online and got about 44 beans for a total of $18 (inc. s/h) , I split with a friend(who also made vanilla) and I still have about 10 beans left over…they were very fresh…A local big chain market sells 2 beans for $6….

  4. says

    I am finishing a bottle of vanilla that my mother in law got me from Mexico and she just brought me home another one. I guess when I run through those two I will have to figure out how to make it but I have never done it. Do you just put the beans in and leave it in the cabinet for awhile? Does it matter what alcohol you put it in? I learn so much reading this blog :)

    I have been doing the low spend challenge as well and I am a little over $25 so far for the month so I thought that I was doing okay and to see that you have already gotten to $50 makes me feel better :)

  5. Irene D. says

    Our farmers market opened about 3 weeks ago. So far we’ve found golden beets, boy were they delicious, and zucchini that is round like a baseball. I love going because everything is so much fresher and sometimes more unique than the supermarket. We also found a jar of honey and walnuts from a local beekeeper. We gave that away as a gift and it was gratefully used as an ice cream topping. Maybe we’ll have to get some of that for us.


  6. Alicia says

    Oh yes, hit the local farmers market yesterday and got a basket full of goodies. I got:

    2 crookedneck yellow squash
    1 zucchini
    2 scallop squash
    2 artichokes
    2 bell peppers
    2 onions

    Im very excited and I love your blog, thanks so much!

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