Anyone who knows me knows I always look for the best deal. Sometimes we get wrapped up in our daily routines of get up, go to work, go to the gym, hit the grocery store, make dinner, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day. Here is my challenge to everyone this week…..change your routine by going to a local farmers market vs paying for over priced veggies/fruit at a chain grocery store!
You might not have enough time during the week, so make it your weekend challenge. Bring your kids, it will teach them where their food comes from and wear them out in the process! When I was in Cortland, NY for Tanner’s Jets team camp I ALWAYS go to the local blueberry farm. I literally fill two, two gallon buckets of blueberries and pay $9.00. You can’t get any fresher or cheaper!!!! I know some of you are thinking, what are you going to do with that many blueberries?!?!? I wash them all, eat about half a gallon on my drive home from Cortland (kind of kidding), keep about half a gallon in my refrigerator, and freeze the rest. These literally last us the entire year until we go back for camp again in July the following year.
Even though I claim Kansas I was born in Iowa. My parents grew up there and all my grandparents still live there. Living in New Jersey makes me miss Iowa’s sweet corn. There is literally nothing like it!!! But….with a little searching I found Cortland, New York has sweet corn that almost meets Iowa’s expectation of good home grown sweet corn. I buy as many bags of sweet corn my car can hold at Cortland’s farm stands!!! I again….bring it home, clean it, cut the corn off the cob, and freeze it. This is a huge money saver, you just have to work a little at it.
Please take my challenge and support your local farmers. Without them you wouldn’t have the nutritious foods to help support your growing families!