Buying Fresh and Local

Our first week back to work and normal living has been splendid.  J.O has really been enjoying his new crew, the work and his new foreman position, which is great!  I have gotten back into my routine of running, getting the 5th wheel set up for long term living and doing one of my favorite things: discovering the area we are living in.

my new running route

my new running route

One of my favorite things to do in a new city is find out where to buy our groceries.  Yes, I am one of the odd people in this world that LOVES to grocery shop.  In fact, if I find a really good store, I’ll sometimes go to wonder around the store to simply admire the bounty of fresh and vibrant produce or the fine cuts of meat and cheeses.  If you really want to get me going, find me a real butcher shop, a harbor and a farmer’s market.  That’s pure heaven in my books.  Fresh and local is always the best in my books!

Lucky for me, all three are right in our back yard!  Butcher shop, roadside farm stands for both fruit and vegetables and the harbor is only 10 min away where we can buy our fresh fish.  This means, that the ONLY thing we have to shop at the store for is our canned and paper goods.  We both would rather buy directly from the source and help out the local community than buy from a big store (which there are plenty of in the area).  Sometimes it may cost more than buying from a big store and sometimes is less expensive.  Our produce here is the later, which is great, because we eat A LOT of produce.   This past week I went to go shopping for our produce at a few roadside stands and was blown away by the prices.  Here’s what I bought:

  • 2 heads of butter lettuce*
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 3 bells peppers (1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green)*
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 garlic head*
  • 2 pints of cheery tomatoes*
  • 12 avocados
  • 12 eggs*
  • Hand full of brussel sprouts*
  • 1 pound of green grapes*
  • 3 pints of strawberries*

All for the low-low price of $31!

I should also note that when possible, we are an organic household. Basically, if there is the option to buy organic, that is what we buy.  The items that were organic are noted.

Fresh produce from the roadside stand

Fresh produce from the roadside stand

I then found another fruit stand where I bought 5 pounds of organic white peaches and 5 pounds of organic green apples for $20.

Everything tastes so good and fresh!  At the fish market, I saw my first full halibut (with the head on) and was a bit thrown back at the eyes on the side of its head.  How can something that looks so weird taste so good?!  We also enjoyed some fresh oysters of the half shell over the weekend.  YUM!

Oysters on the half shell

Oysters on the half shell

We also had a fun evening out to dinner when all of a sudden we had a surprise visitor!  You may remember me writing often about hiking with my friend Laura in Hawaii?  Well, she surprised us at dinner!  Her lineman is also working int the area and while on her way home, she drove by the restaurant we were at, saw our truck and stopped in!  Totally unplanned and awesome!  We hadn’t seen her since we were all in Hawaii back in March! It was an awesome surprise and a great reminder on how we have our line-family everywhere we go!

J.O & I out to dinner when Laura surprised us!

J.O & I out to dinner when Laura surprised us!

Both J.O and I are so happy to be living in a community where fresh food is not only everywhere, but it is affordable for everyone.  It feels great to be back on our preferred diet and in an area that we love!  Below are a few of our favorite recipes we’ll be making this next week with all of our great produce!

Watching the sea lions

Watching the sea lions

 


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