Yesterday, I joined a Farmer’s Market Co-op. I paid a $10 fee to cover the use of a large plastic basket. That was a one time fee that I never pay again and I get to use the basket for as long as I wish to be in the co-op. I went to the warehouse to assist in the sorting and filling process. This allowed me a $5 discount on my basket of food. I spent an hour and a half taking fruits and vegetables out of boxes and putting them into the plastic baskets. When I left, I paid $10. for the large basket of food that I brought home with me. Regular price is $15.
These are the contents of my basket:
a head of some non-iceberg lettuce
It is a lot of food. And will provide me with a wide variety of fresh produce to choose from in my quest for eating better. Plus, I can hopefully convince the children to eat some! I am excited about it. I can go back each week on Tuesday and help sort food, receive a large basket of stuff, and pay only $10 each time. I worked up a sweat doing it, I might even can count it as exercise!
This will open a few new options for recipes, too. Just last night, I cut up several Roma tomatoes and made homemade spaghetti sauce. The kids each ate a fresh sweet apple after school. And I had a banana for a snack myself. I am a tiny bit worried that it may be more fresh produce than we can eat in one week. But, if I can train my family to be more vegetable friendly, then it will be a perfect amount!
My friend that introduced me to the Co-op is the mother of my daughter’s best friend. We had a playdate a couple weeks ago and she told me about doing this herself. She had some kumquats at her house that were going unused. Apparently, they had a really lot of kumquats and it was just too much for one family. She gave me quite a few, maybe a gallon sized bag full? Does anyone know a way of using kumquats besides just eating them raw? They are quite tart and the younger kids hate them! It is too many for just me, so I need a plan for using them 🙂 The teenager ate some, he likes sour stuff, but he is unreliable as a snacker.
This morning at school, we have a 12 minute walk/run in my Health/PE class. We have to do it outside. Where it is cold. I am not looking forward to it. There is an indoor place where we could do it, but our teacher is a hard-core kind of PE girl. I am really afraid of the shin splint thing acting up. I am not sure I can do a 12 minute walk justice if I am in pain. Oh! And we were all given pedometers for class. We are encouraged to use them all the time to get an idea of how much we actually walk. So far, I am a couch potato 🙂
I am skipping school today becasue I stayed up too late and I am a bad bad girl.