Grocery Geek: The Butternut Squash to Beat All

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Attentive readers will remember that I was lamenting the high cost of groceries these days. And then you will recall that I diagnosed my “problem.”ย A step away from highly processedย foods has narrowed the field of choices.

Narrowed, yes, but not closed it off completely. I’m coming to peace with the fact that I will probably continue to pay more for groceries than I did four years ago. I have more children, bigger children, and I’m just not interested in chasing every deal, processed food or not.

Thankfully, we have a little wiggle room in our budget to allow for me to be a little more selective. But, we’re still going to be enjoying lots of rice and beans! With a smile.

This week’s grocery haul included a plentiful produce box. I was amazed at the abundance. Truly, Abundant Harvest Organics has been a great find.

I think we’re set for fresh produce in the coming weeks! I spent a little under $60 for all this organic food, including 20 pounds of apples. And believe me when I say that that squash is almost as big as my three year old. That gives you an idea as to the size of our harvest this week. Everything is really good sized.

Also on my shopping radar this week was an aisle-by-aisle stroll through Costco. Yes, it was pricey ($179). But, I am hoping that I’ve got the basics under my roof for the rest of the month.

Except for milk and other dairy products and the other two produce deliveries we have this month, I think we’re good. I won’t “have to buy anything” unless I want to.

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  1. Does anyone know of a website that would direct me to a place to get a produce box in my area? I live in MN, and needless to say, although farmer’s markets abound in the summer, things are a bit different in the winter here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Yes, I would like to know for IL. We use an organic delivery service, but it is $57 a week, and no where near this abundant. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You did great, especially with the organic produce. I go shopping a few days a week, but only buy what I need until th enext time I know that I”m going out. I’m really good at planning ahead for a month or anything like that.

    We used to get a produce box from a local CSA every week, but we were getting lots of stuff that we had no idea what it was, so it would get wasted/thrown away. Instead, we buy our produce fresh from the local farmer’s market. We still get good fresh, organic produce, but nothing goes to waste ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I am also from The Cities (Twin Cities for all of you not cool enough to live in MN!) If you are in the Saint Paul area I have a friend who is a drop point and the farmer is an Uber-cool mom. They also do a bulf fruit buy in the fall of pears, apples, nectarines, apricots, cherries, and peaches. Not officially organic but ecologically grown. bla bla. AMAZING fruit at amazing prices.
    This CSA which I have gone through for their summer share is wonderful too and he offers a winter box option too. I hope this helps.

  5. my farmer’s market calls your type of butternut squash a neck pumpkin. one lady told me that the majority of canned pumpkin comes from these neck pumpkins.

    • @Trish, interesting. Seems like false advertising, though.

      • @Jessica,
        yes, but it tastes better. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I always use a mixture of pumpkin and butternut (or another squash like turban, buttercup or a few my CSA farm grows) in my puree for pies and pumpkin bread. Honestly, I think the added flavor is why everyone RAVES about my pumpkin bread. If I may toot my own horn.

  6. I subscribet to Abundant Harvest Organics also but we get the small box which is supposed to be for 2 people and it is a plentiful supply for my family of four. And great quality too! I also like the challenge of figuring out how to incorporate some fruits and veggies that I haven’t bought on my own in the past.

  7. Jodi Lawrence says:

    We love Costco….would you mind giving me your list of items that you purchased, that are in the photo? We spend about that much, so we can stock up for the month. Just curious as to what others buy for the month. I like to change it up every now & then. Thanks so much!

    • Didn’t have time to take great photos that week. I did an aisle-by-aisle which I don’t normally do. Chips, cheese, fish, crackers, juice, breads, beans, spices, fruit leather, milk, oil, diced tomatoes. That was what I needed this time.

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