Farmer’s Market Shopping Trip

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 7, 2011

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?!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Dana July 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

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 :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

hahaha Dana! That’s too funny!


Rhonda Hall July 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

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 July 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

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!!


Rhonda Hall July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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….


Alison July 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

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 :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Good work Alison…hopefully next week will be better!

This post might help with the homemade vanilla –


Irene D. July 8, 2011 at 6:00 am

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.



Alicia July 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Awesome Alicia!


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