We made it to the last week of the challenge! I can’t believe it’s over. Five weeks flew by SO fast.
This last haul was a small one because we are headed out to the best place ever at the end of the week, THE BEACH. Not pictured here is chicken breast and ground beef from the local butcher and some cheese and ground turkey from mom’s.
Here’s What We Got:
2 red onions
2 tequila peppers
2 ears of corn (they were not good, at all.)
2 bunches of kale
2 heads of garlic
1 bunch of garlic scapes
1 loaf of jalapeno cheddar bread
Total cost: $24 dollars
I still have eggs, milk, coffee and chicken left from last week. This week we will be eating a lot of grilled chicken salads and breakfast for dinner in order to eat through what we already have.
Our overall thoughts of the challenge are that it really wasn’t that difficult to eat local. It did require a little bit of planning and a separate trip to the farmer’s market and the local butcher ever week but it was nice waking up early and heading out on our morning trip to visit both of these places. We were both more intentional about what we ate, using up as many parts of the veggies we were eating whether that meant making pesto our of carrot tops or using the tops of onions and garlic as salad ingredients. Waste not, want not. Our overall grocery bill was cheaper than grocery trips prior to the challenge and we bought a lot less than we had previously. By going to the market there were less impulse buys and none of those need-one-thing-from-the-grocery store trips where you end up buying 5 things and spending 20 bucks on top of your weekly grocery trip. Most importantly, we both felt really good about supporting local farmers and businesses this month and eating fresh local food at each of our meals.
Major Take Away’s:
- We can find almost everything we need each week locally (May-October. Come winter we will probably be back at Wegman’s & Trader Joe’s more regularly.)
- We bought less, wasted less and ate better! The theme throughout the challenge was quality over quantity.
- We got to try new veggies we maybe never would have come across.
- We ate cleaner and feel great!
- We spent less money and the money we spent went to supporting local business’ and that felt really good.
- Not eating out saved us both A LOT of money. We want to continue to be more careful about not eating out. That means when we do go out it will be all the more special & a treat!
Here’s what each of us thought individually
Mike didn’t miss as many foods as I did and was perfectly happy with eating just veggies and meat this month. He loved the challenge and has even lost a few lbs by adjusting his eating this month! Go Mike! He discovered Hemp’s meat market which he wants to continue shopping at weekly and stumbled upon his ability to make home made A1 sauce. He was surprised at how satisfied he was with his kale salads each night and is 100% down to continue going with this style of eating and shopping. He would however, like a moment alone with a bag of BBQ Frito’s come Friday.
This is old news but the challenge highlighted the fact that I require carbohydrates at least once a day. The local bread we got at the farmer’s market got me through a few “hangry” moments earlier on in the challenge. A new habit I picked up along the way this month is having eggs every morning and I think I’m going to continue this even though the challenge is over! I found having a protein packed breakfast as opposed to a bagel or granola, really helped me on my runs and got me through to lunch without needing a snack. I accidentally figured out the recipe for my favorite ice cream and loved getting to experiment with local ingredients when making dinner each night. It was like chopped and when all else failed, I ate a lot of breakfast for dinner. Overall, I loved this challenge and plan to keep going with it as much and as often as possible. I’m really looking forward to eating tacos, avocados and Chipotle again.