Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Twenty Dollar Challenge: Year 2

One year ago today, I posted my purchases from the Farmer's Market. A lot has happened in the past year. Gas prices are all over the place, the unemployment rate is up, and the housing and stock market both took a nose dive. I wondered, have these changes in our world effected what you could buy at the Farmer's Market for $20? I decided it was time to challenge myself again. 
Last Year's Challenge
1 seedless Watermelon,
1 Pint Strawberries,
2 Zucchini,
1 quart Beets,
1 pint Sugar Snap Peas,
7 Apples,
1 pint Peaches,
1 pint Nectarines
1 small bunch of Green Onions
1 Acorn Squash
   
This Year

Here's what I got:

1 Seedless Watermelon,
2 Quarts of Beets,
1/2 Dozen Ears of Sweet Corn,
2 heads of Broccoli,
2 Quarts of Yams, 
1 Quart of Potatoes, 
5 Large Tomatoes, 
1 Dozen Large Farm Eggs,
1 Quart Nectarines, and 
5 large Cucumbers

I was able to fill my table again this year. This twenty dollars may have even gone further than last years. That leaves me with one conclusion: the Farmer's Market is an amazing deal where you can score healthy, wholesome options, get to know who grows your food, and gives you the opportunity to know where your food comes from. Can you say the same about Wal-mart? I definitely cannot get all these goods at Wal-mart for $20, and I would have no idea where that food comes from.

Your challenge should you choose to accept it:

Do your own twenty dollar challenge and post your purchases below or on the Better Than a Box Facebook Page. Let's support our local farmers, and boost our families nutrition- all while saving money.


Happy Cooking!

Joy

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