My Yummy Local Life

{July 12, 2013}   Cottonwood Farmer’s Market!

My box starts up again NEXT week- and I am so very ready…but yesterday was the first week of the cottonwood farmer’s market. Although I could have spent the entire grocery budget for the week, I was really good and only spent $32 🙂

Here’s what I got:


1 lb plums (fresh fruit!), Lettuce mix, a dozen eggs- $11
1 lb of petite sirloin steak- $12
Cherry tomatoes- $3
2 heads of garlic, 1 bright yellow squash, 1 cucumber, 3 peppers- $6

Yummy for my tummy! I don’t know what we will make with it all, but I know my will be yummy and delicious 🙂

Also- check out the clouds at sunset last night once the monsoon had started to move along:


So this is week one with no CSA box until summer crops start to come in. We were down in Scottsdale on Saturday (me to work and hubby to play) so I sent him over to the Scottsdale Old Town Farmer’s Market to see what we could find.


He reports that there was an epic line around the big veggie booth and he didn’t want to wait, but he did get a bunch of fresh tomatoes and also some bratwurst and goat steaks.

This will be our first time trying goat, but we’ve got a friend who says if you like lamb, goat is better…he’s going to make it in some kind of curry.

Also on the menu this week will be brats and onions on the grill. While we have the grill going were going to prep some other veggies for the week (squash left from the last box and onions for pizza). We’re also going to grill the pizza dough for this week so we just have to melt cheese on our pizza the next day and have the oven it for much less time.

I’m going to get some raw milk tomorrow and try again with the mozzarella cheese making.

We’re having French onion soup sandwiches today for dinner. So yummy and so much easier to eat than the real thing.

For the rest of the week were going to lean on some of our favorite go to meals: swai with quinoa, eggs and taters (man food night), and veggie pasta.

Oh and these strawberry grilled cheeses are definitely on my lunch menu. Hubby’s loss for not wanting fruit on his savory food!

Next week were going to check out the verde valley farmers market, which just opened this past weekend and see what kind of local fare they have around.

Now I’m going to drool over the other people who still have boxes over at In Her Chucks. Check it out! And have a yummy week!

{December 30, 2012}   Arizona

So here I am in Cottonwood, AZ. The farmer’s market in Cottonwood doesn’t open until June or July. So thank heaven that there is a winter farmer’s market open in Sedona! Only about 15-20 minutes away. We went to scout it out today. I’m used to markets being on Saturday mornings. This one is on Sunday afternoons. That will take a little adjusting but anyways, here’s what I got:


A bag of AZ grown citrus including tangerines, lemons, oranges and grapefruit- $6!!
And a small back of AZ grown pecans- $4

Grand total: $10

{November 17, 2012}   No market this week.


No market this week because:

1- Gary is in AZ and I can’t feed him from here in NC

2- I’m going to my grandmas house this week for thanksgiving and my daddy (who is in cooking classes) is making all of my meals for the week.

3- Therefore- I don’t need to cook 🙂

Have a great week and I hope you enjoy some Carolina blue skies.

{November 10, 2012}   Little farmers market

Shopping for one is weird. My hubby has arrived in AZ but I am still here in NC for one month. I spent a grand total of $13 at the market this morning:

$8 on two cheeses
$3 bundle of carrots
$2 not green bell peppers

Also got a dozen eggs from the ducks this week. We have figured out where they are hiding them it seems.
I am tasked with using up the stuff in my freezer and refrigerator before I move to AZ so there is a lot of stuff I have to get creative with.


{November 3, 2012}   COLD farmers market


Here’s what I got at the COLD farmers market this morning. Winter temperatures are yummier with cheese at the market.

$2 broccoli
$14.50 cheeses: pumpkin spice goat cheese, herbed chèvre, mozzarella
$6 sweet potatoes and kale
$8 mushrooms and shishitos

Grand total: $30.50

Fall *Spring?* Market…


Got some more lovely fall produce at the market today.  And some sugar snap peas… who knew these would grow in the fall?! Also I answered a trivia question right on the cheese guy (Brady)’s email newsletter and got a $5 piece of cheese for free!


Here’s what I got:

Broccoli, Sugar snap Peas, and colorful bell peppers: $10

Garlic, baby ginger and baby turmeric: $2

Queso fresco, Gouda with caraway, Ricotta with garlic and chives: $7! ($5 off!)

Shiitake Mushrooms: $5.20

Turmeric and ginger


FREE Queso Fresco!

Grand Total: $24.20


Also, the Lovely Sue Murdoch is canning my pumpkins for me with her pressure canner.  Here is the first batch of pumpkin:

Indian River Pumpkin!

{October 13, 2012}   Farmers market 10/13

Here’s what I got at the market today:
$12 jalapeño queso fresco, ricotta and mozzarella
$8 direct trade Honduran coffee
$5 baby bok choy and sweet peppers
$5 shishitos (2 pints. Saved $1)
$6 sweet potatoes

Grand total: $36.00


LOTS of green going on this week.  I am still having headaches when I eat stuff with a lot of onion in it, but have found that peppers can at least give some flavor and crunch to a recipe that is supposed to have more onions.  The Ladies of LOVE Chapel Hill are having a “crock pot prep day” today and I am excited about trying out some new recipes.  I am making this vegetarian recipe: Squash, Chickpea and Red Lentil Stew– got all the ingredients for 16 servings worth for $20- at Whole Foods.  Eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank.

Here’s what I got at the market today:

Fall finds 10/9

Costa Rican Coffee: $9

Hot pimento goat cheese and Luntias (brie like cheese)- $9 (SO missed my cheese fix when I didn’t go to the market last week- next week I’m getting pumpkin spice goat cheese and jalapeno queso fresco- love my cheese guy!)

Huge bunch of beautiful KALE and a bag of Tatsoi- $6 (KALE CHIPS!!)

Shishito peppers- $2.50 (Price is dropping- they must be on their way out- hubby will be sad)

Mix bag of bell peppers- $6

Grand total: $32.50

Also over the course of the last week and a half I have gotten 2 dozen duck eggs.  The layers are doing so good so far- averaging 2 eggs per day.  Eggs in everything! Keep up the good work little ducks!

That’s about $10 worth of eggs!

Have a yummy week- and if you need inspiration, check out In Her Chucks’ link party for more yummy ideas.

Light market week

So its a pretty light week since we are going to Wilmington for the marriage retreat next weekend and we don’t need a weeks worth of food.  That and I have some stuff leftover from last week. Bonus points if you can guess what the item in the middle is:

Mystery item…

Here’s what I got this week:

Shishito peppers: $3

Arugula and bell peppers: $4.50

2 balls of mozzarella and some queso fresco: $16.50

Muscadine and Scuppernogg grapes: $2

Mystery item: $5 (scroll down to see what it is :))

Grand total: $28





















And the mystery item is:

Fresh Hibiscus!

I cannot wait to make up a batch of fresh hibiscus tea- HIGH in vitamin C and yumminess.  Also learned that you can eat the little petals raw and they are pretty yummy that way too.





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