In this natural/organic grocery haul, I share everything I bought for a week’s worth of cook (and then some!).
Last Saturday I did a brave thing: I did the grocery shopping with the kids. BY MYSELF.
I remember now why I don’t usually attempt this. Keeping track of one small child while you shop is totally doable. But when you have to divide your attention in half…it’s not so pretty. Heaven help us when the baby comes!
But Reuben was working, and I was determined to go to the farmers market. So I took the kids out in the 30-some degree weather. It’s probably not something I’ll attempt again soon, but look at all the lovely produce I got!
Natural/Organic Grocery Haul
All but the mushrooms I got from the farmers market: carrots, acorn squash, kale, red and yellow potatoes, shiitake and baby bella mushrooms.
I asked the farmers selling the colorful carrots and potatoes if they sprayed their crops (as you do when making decisions about which vendor to buy from at the farmers market). “With water,” he replied sarcastically. Turns out they only use organically approved pesticides when needed, and they hand-pick bugs off of their produce. They had the best price for produce at the market. Their potatoes were slightly more expensive than what I can get at the health food store, but the quality is so much better!
Wallaby organic full-fat Greek yogurt (it was close dated and on sale), organic valley sour cream and heavy whipping cream, Kalona Supernatural whole milk (it was on sale and it’s my favorite), and organic eggs. I’ve only recently started buying this brand, and so far I’ve been impressed with the quality of the eggs!
Woodstock organic yellow mustard, Napa Valley Naturals organic balsamic vinegar, organic Basmati rice, and organic decaf coffee (I got it so I could make a pumpkin spice latte).
Garret Valley sugar free bacon (it’s my favorite besides their organic version), Applegate grass-fed hot dogs (they were on sale so I got a couple to store in the freezer for emergencies), organic chicken breasts, and local pork breakfast sausage.
I also got quite a bit of meat from the farmers market. It’s not certified organic or anything. But the farmer tells me that the cows are mostly on grass, and only get grain when he wants them to follow him. The chicken and pork are “natural” as well. I got a few beef roasts, a sirloin steak, and ground beef. For chicken I got 2 whole chickens and some backs to make chicken broth. I also got a couple of pork roasts.
I thought it might be interesting for you guys to see my meal plan to get an idea of what I cook with the food that I buy:
Our Meal Plan for the Week:
- Possibly sushi?
- Tuscan Chicken Sheet Pan
- Beef Bourguinon
- Albondigas Soup
- Bacon and Kale Crustless Quiche
- Baked salmon with rice and veggies
As you can see, I usually only plan 2-3 things for breakfasts and lunches and rotate them throughout the week. I also only plan 5 meals because we usually eat at someone else’s home 1 night a week, and Sundays are always up in the air.
Anyway, that’s my grocery haul! Reuben had to stop and pick up some salmon, cheese, and eggs because I didn’t buy quite enough food, apparently. ?
What are some meals that you’re making this week?
You can check out my previous grocery hauls HERE.
Monday 8th of October 2018
Your meal plan is making me so hungry. The meatball soup sounds really good. I have never made that before. Will need to try. What veggies do you prefer in it? We had homeade pizza for my son's 4th birthday tonight. Planning some stuffed mini bell peppers and chili later in the week. We have an Italian sausage and tortellini soup leftover too. Those carrots are so pretty.
Tuesday 9th of October 2018
We like potatoes and carrots in the albondigas soup. It's one of my favorites! :) Homemade pizza is the best! I'll bet your son was happy about that. And the rest of your meal plan sounds scrumptious! ❤
Wednesday 3rd of October 2018
Pan seared steak with butter, garlic, and rosemary. Mashed potatoes and green beans on the side. ;)
Thursday 4th of October 2018
That sounds absolutely amazing, Samantha! It's been a while since I've had a good steak...