Thursday, August 18, 2016
This Week's Shopping Trips
When it came to shopping this week, my week started on Monday. As soon as the kids got dropped off for the first day of school (we start school early up here so the kids can get out earlier and enjoy more of our light during the summer), I headed into Palmer to the U-Pick farm because I found out they had turnips for .65 lb! Since the slugs and birds have repeatedly wiped mine out, I figured this was the best shot I had of getting turnips for the winter.
I was about 2/3 of the way to the U-Pick farm (beautiful drive in the country to get there) when I got a call from my friend, Cassie. I had e-mailed her a few weeks ago about potentially going berry picking with her as she is a rabid berry picker. I kid you not she takes it VERY seriously. Does not divulge her berry picking places under threat of death, takes a specially designed rig she made to wash the berries on site right after she picks them and she flash freezes them in dry ice as soon as they are cleaned so they are "berry fresh" as she calls it. I wanted to get some blueberries but had no idea where to go to get them, so I figured she'd be the one to ask (and I promised under penalty of death ahead of time that I wouldn't divulge the berry picking location). She had said she'd let me know when they would be around my area to go berry picking.
Cassie asked if I wanted her to pick me up to go berry picking up North which would be about a two hour drive. She home schools her kids, so she didn't realize school was in session yet, but I told her that not only would that be too far out for me, but I was also nearly to the U-Pick farm. At that point I got an excited screech in my ear. Cassie explained that she wanted to go to the U-Pick farm for potatoes, but it was really hard for her as her littles had to be watched out in the rows (kids under ten aren't allowed in the picking areas) by her twelve year and fourteen year olds and she really hated to make them do that. She basically worked a trade. I'd get her 50 lbs of potatoes and she'd get me blueberries. And you know what? That sounded like a good deal to me!
All totaled at the U-Pick farm I spent 17.22 on the turnips and a giant cabbage (seen in the above picture). And I got blueberries, zucchini and some type of squash for the cost of my labor. Life is good there!
I then went shopping at Carrs and Fred Meyer today where I picked up the usual fare of Coke and chips for the son, chicken drumsticks on reduced for .76 lb at Carrs and a BUNCH of produce in the 1.00 bags at Fred Meyer. I got bags of apples and lemons and peppers and a few mixed bags with plums and peaches (to put in my daughter's lunches and things). So, on the agenda for this weekend is processing peppers and making applesauce. Honestly? I spent 17.00 just on produce at Fred Meyer. I went a bit nuts when I saw bags of three peppers for 1.00. Normally peppers go for about 3.00 a piece up here, so finding them so cheap was definitely worth stocking up on them! The bags of lemons were stuffed full and I got a ton. I plan on either making them into lemonade concentrate (which I'm sure you can do...I just need to look that one up) or dehydrating them to make lemonade or lemon water out of later. I didn't show the pics of the trips to Fred Meyer and Carrs because I just kind of put everything away and crashed when I got home from the store today.
All totaled I spent 68.47 on groceries this week. I do plan on going back to Carrs and getting a couple of cantaloupes this weekend (I got a cheap personalized price on them this week and forgot them today) and a couple of other small items I spaced while at the store (like batteries...how I forgot THOSE I have no idea as I had it on my list and underlined *thumbs up* doing great!), but so far I'm really happy with shopping this week :).
I processed about 2/3 of the turnips for the freezer yesterday and tomorrow I'm going to process the rest and get the zucchini taken care of for the freezer. Overall? I'd say the freezer and pantry are looking good so far!
How about you? Find anything good this week?