Farmer’s Market Trip – August 12

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 13, 2010

Wicked hot.

That is all I have to say about this week’s farmer’s market trip.  We stopped by the “traveling market,” that comes to our little suburb every Thursday.  By the time we left, we were all dripping…and you can see that from the little that we bought, we weren’t there long!  A quote from Ryan…

“I’m SO HOT, I think I’m turning into fire!”

Hot. Yes, but we still gotta eat…and I still gotta blog! I needed some tomatoes to make Stuffed Tomatoes. I have a few from the garden, but wanted to try the orange variety and grabbed 2 extras…just in case.  I was also looking for some small-ish red potatoes to put onto skewers and grill with our burgers this weekend. (More on that next week.)  I only grabbed eight, because that is all that would fit into one hand, pressed against my stomach.  I was holding Tyler, and my market bag with the butternut squash and eggplant already weighing it down.  I had little hand space and zero ability to balance.  I pleaded for help from the boys, but they were only interested in the cookies and mini-pies on the table. So eight little red taters will have to do.

The butternut squash…it was not at all on my radar, but as soon as I saw how gigantic it was, and how little it cost…the “great deal” signal on the radar started blipping. And beeping. Loudly.

So I grabbed one. I’ll “process” it this weekend and let you know what I did with it next week!

And the meats…as part of my baby steps towards more natural/grass fed/preservative/antibiotic/free-range/locavore eating. I decided to grab a pound of chorizo and a pound of Italian sausage.

(Pricey yes…worth it…double yes. Not only for the taste, but for the natural-ness too!)

Cost breakdown:

  • 1 pound chorizo sausage – $4.80
  • 1 pound Italian sausage – $4.80
  • 1 large eggplant – $2.50
  • 8 itty red taters – $3
  • 4 maters – $3
  • 1 humongous butternut squash – $3.50

Have you stopped in at your local farmer’s market?!?  Snag any amazing deals this week?!?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

The Working Home Keeper August 13, 2010 at 9:48 am

Great price on the sausage! Local, pastured sausage at our farmers market is $6/lb. Going to the market tomorrow – always look forward to it!

Mary Ellen

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Allison August 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I have to tell you… I was watching racheal ray today and she made an italian sausage and butternut squash lasagna. After seeing what you got at the farmer’s market I thought you’d be interested. Her recipe served 8 and used a full pound of sausage and a full squash… so I’m thinking you could possibly swing it for $5 as a serving for four. Anyway, thought I’d share. Here is the link: http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/sausage-and-pumpkin-lasagna/

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm

@Allison,

Awesome Allison…thanks for sharing!!! Looks amazing!

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Diana August 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Zucchini is plentiful around here. On Wednesday one vendor had medium to small sizes for $1/6. I think they had so many they just wanted to get rid of them! I also bought 6 cucumbers for $1 and made refrigerator pickles, yum!

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Jenn@slim-shoppin August 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I’m glad I found your site today! I love eating on a budget and I always scour for great deals, so we’ll be good friends!

I did stop by my farmers market and as long as I stay away from the honey and marmelades, and pestos and stick to the actual veggies, I stay on budget.

I did splurge though. There is one vendor who sells 5 cheese garlic spread in a big jar for $7.00. You can use it to make garlic bread, toss it with cooked pasta, it’s amazing! (and half gone already!)

I’ll be coming back to read more for sure!

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Jan August 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I will be so sad come October when farmer’s markets around here end :(

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm

@Jan,

Me too!!!

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Amanda August 14, 2010 at 6:51 am

Hey Erin! With your lovely garden you have been doing the past couple of years have you ever considered growing your own potatoes? I am an Ohioan as well this was my first year planting potatoes and it is WONDERFUL!!! So easy, just stick them in the dirt and they grow like weeds! When ever they are on the menu the kids and I go and dig um up. They LOVE getting dirty and the flavor of potatoes straight out of the ground is delish!!!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

@Amanda,

Yes…that’s on my garden plan for next year!

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Crista August 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm

We don’t have a local farmers market *pout* but I do go to one about 17 miles away – earlier this week I got heads of garlic for 25cents each, baggies of basil, oregano, and parsley for 75cents each, about 7 pounds of apples for $10, 2 nice-sized eggplants for $1 each, and saw other incredible prices – and it’s all organic!

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