Let the small weeks begin! Relatively, of course.
It seemed time to start eating down what we have. We always transition from summer foods to winter ones. Plus, the garden was producing enough to matter.
The big stop was to Wegman’s on Wednesday for $92.13.
On Thursday we went blueberry picking. We picked 7.12 lbs of blueberries plus four peaches for $35.70.
That afternoon I picked up our Farmer’s to You box for $41.85. I didn’t know we’d be going blueberry picking when I submitted my order.
Finally, on Sunday we spent $38.92 at Costco. Yes, this is new for us. Yes, we’re trying it out. I’ll let you know how it goes though I admit our initial impressions were not favorable.
Plus, we still have plenty being harvested!
By the beginning of July things had come in impressively. Just about all of the seeds had taken. And, the pumpkin that came home from kindergarten had outgrown its box. Since when do school plants actually grow!?
We missed the June strawberry season. There weren’t many berries and I think those that did form got eaten by chipmunks.
We had a steady supply of green beans.
I also set up a sprinkler because our amazingly wet, but not too wet, and cool, but not cold, spring had given way to summer heat.
The peas grew nicely up their trellis. The carrots and pumpkin competed for space. The pumpkin began its takeover down the wall. And, the corn came in shockingly well. It’s not Field of Dreams, but it’s an orderly square of corn stalks.
I made a somewhat unexpected trip to BJ’s this week. I had been hoping to put this off until the kids were back to school, but we were short charcoal which is better purchased there (especially in late summer).
So, on Wednesday I spent $179.90 there.
Then, on Thursday, I spent $53.82 at Shaw’s and $39.50 with Farmer’s to You.
I made a $114.73 stop at Wegman’s on Friday. Somehow I only got a picture of the stuff that goes in the garage fridges; clearly there was more.
Finally, on Sunday I spent $59.80 at Stop & Shop.
This also was the height of garden produce. Below is one day’s haul. For the cucumbers, in particular, this was a daily affair. We also still have plenty of carrots left. This did represent the end of the lettuce though.
Discounting the garden to free (This is not entirely true. The lettuce, carrots, and beans were from seed but the cucumber plants were purchased. There’s also the necessary watering.), the total came to $487.32. That’s a big week, but a small one is to come.
By late May there were sprouts everywhere.
In the near box corn is sprouting from seed. In the far box the strawberry plants took well. We didn’t get very many strawberries though. I don’t know if that’s because its the first year or because the chipmunks got them first.
Apologies for the shadows; the glare wasn’t letting me take decent pictures away from the house in the other direction.
The near box has carrots sprouting. The trellis is up for tomatoes to be added later. It will later become clear that this trellis needs to be better supported or we need a different support plan altogether next year.
The far box shows a great deal of arugula, spinach,
and broccoli. Peas are sprouting behind the broccoli and will eventually grow up that trellis. While the trellis is strong enough to support peas, putting them behind the broccoli proved to be a poor decision. Plantings will be moved around next year.
Finally, the last two boxes have a similar look.
The near box has a healthy dose of broccoli and parsley. The swiss chard and lettuce are just getting started. In the far box, beans are sprouting from seeds and there are some open spaces for peppers once it warms up.
Next year I think I’ll plan to put peppers in to replace the broccoli. That will free up additional squares for greater productivity. And, it turned out everything went on sale at the nursery at the start of June so there really wasn’t any benefit to buying warm weather plants earlier. But, by then its too hot for broccoli.
I got bagels a few times this week. They’re not part of my normal grocery stops, but the kids were asking so we did.
On Tuesday I purchased a dozen bagels plus two cream cheese tubs at Bruegger’s for $14.69. The bagels were gone so quickly (seven eaters here) that I bought two dozen more (no cream cheese) on Thursday for $19.38. So, $34.07 just on bagels.
On Thursday I also picked up my Farmer’s to You box for $46.92 and made a $52.93 visit to Stop & Shop. That was the first time I’d bought spinach in months as we’ve been eating it from the garden.
On Saturday, I spent $90.58 at Wegman’s. You can see elements of Saturday’s dinner which was hot dogs, sausages, chips & dip, potato salad, and cut veggies.
Finally, on Sunday I went to the farm stand for corn to have with dinner. I ended up getting a few more items for a total of $26.50. We had butter chicken and baked beans with our corn.
By the middle of May, seeds had started to sprout. Everything looked so organized!
We had tiny carrot tops.
The second box contains purchased cucumber (back left) and broccoli plants. There is arugula grown from seed in the front right. There are two boxes of spinach grown from seed. The peas behind the broccoli were grown from seed too. Being behind the broccoli would prove to be a problem later.
The last box has more broccoli, celery, and parsley – all purchased. Swiss chard seeds have sprouted in the front left. Lettuce from seed is growing in the front right.
Three boxes remain empty. One has corn seeds, but there’s nothing to see. The others will get strawberries and peppers/beans when it gets warmer.
After a few big weeks, week 28 was quite small.
On Thursday I picked up our Farmers to You box for $89.40
Then, on Sunday, I spent $131.84 at Wegman’s. That brought the week to $221.24.
And, now we total the June spending. Obviously none of the above will be included.
June TOTAL: $1,323.24
- Stop & Shop: $148.25
- Wegman’s: $771.08
- BJs: $159.57
- Local: $331.71
- Farmers to You: $202.87
- Other Local: $128.84
- Other: $60.88
- Star Market/Shaw’s: $42.22
- Target: $18.66
- Other: $0
This is a bit higher than the past two months, but nothing too shocking.
I did a lot of reading and charting. Everything indicated that I could start putting plants in the ground mid-March. But, spring was cold so I waited.
I did have grand plans!
I ended up starting to plant on April 10. I started as much as I could from seeds outside. In this first round that included arugula, carrots, lettuce, peas, spinach, and swiss chard. I bought broccoli, parsley, and strawberry plants. On April 11 (and a few more times) we had frost warnings so I covered the plants. I figured the seeds would be fine.
Clearly they were! I used this picture before, but just a reminder that the garden is going gangbusters. It’s gone way further since this was taken.
For the first time in a long while, we had an interesting menu and I kept track of it!
Nice meals for the first time in a few months resulted in many grocery stops, each of which only covered a meal or two. Planning will come later. I also went to BJs for the first time in over a month. All in all, many, many stops.
On Tuesday, I spent $236.92 at Wegman’s and $48.22 at Stop & Shop.
Because of the holiday, our Farmers to You pickup was on Wednesday this week. It came in at $45.03.
On Thursday (July 4), I spent $305.08 at BJ’s.
On Friday, I spent $56.11 at Star Market. Eight packages of pizza dough didn’t make the picture.
Finally, on Sunday I spent $16.06 at the farm stand and $113.25 at Wegman’s.
That brought the total to a whopping $820.67!
The Wegman’s trip was quite late and really to cover my not going to the store on Monday or Tuesday this week. But, otherwise, you can probably guess what we ate by the rather day by day pictures.
Ok, this one I forgot.
Early (5): Ham, raisin sauce, sugar snap peas
Late (3): Tuna noodle casserole
Meatball subs, raw veggies
Grilled beef tenderloin roast, guacamole, french bread, sugar snap peas
Early (5): Chicken nuggets, strawberries
Late (3): Homemade pizza
Braised halibut, bok choy
Hamburgers, watermelon, chips