Country grocery shopping…

Living over an hour from a Kroger or almost 2 hours from a Costco or Sams, our methods of gathering groceries have changed quite a bit since moving out to the farm.  In an emergency, I can be at a Sav-a-Lot in 15 minutes, but I enjoy the local markets around here more. 
Once I get a bit more settled, I am going to pick back up on my couponing for certain items in a modified way (toothbrushes, razors, toilet paper, paper products, some food products, etc).   In the transition, my food stockpile was a great blessing to me. I still have a good stocked pantry of basic supplies that have been an invaluable resource from which I have been pulling from.  Because of the availability of bulk supplies like grain, local honey, local vegetables and seasonal fruits, I am taking advantage of my proximity to these items.  I found a wonderful country store that I have done my shopping at and while it is nothing compared to a conventional grocery store, it provides us with fresh good food for a good price.  It has the added bonus of me not having to worry about getting the children dressed in something other than overalls and rubber boots as well as, not worrying about all the strange looks and stares.  So while I did not have to give my “grocery shopping with 7 children speech”  when we exited the vehicle, I did give the “Don’t ask me to buy any more animals…even if you have the money for it…we aren’t taking home live animals today…” speech.    
We took a picture to compare the differences in what the food from a country grocery store looks like, compared to what we are use to shopping at.  Here was our haul today: 

6 loaves of fresh baked sourdough (about $2.50 each)
2 gallons of fresh milk ($3.50 each) with the added bonus of fresh cream.
Lots of sausage patties ($2.xx a pound)
2 lbs of sliced farmer’s cheese ($3.25 a pound)
5 1/2 dozen fresh eggs ($1.49 a dozen)
1 peach frozen ready to bake pie (it was very good too!) 
Fresh picked sweet strawberries
And for the ride home –water and cinnamon rolls —
for a total of $50 
Last week, I purchased a bulk amount of raw sugar and local honey, fresh milk, grain berries, sourdough, onions

You know your at a real country store, when they have live animals outside for sale.  Last week, we saw a rabbit in one of the cages with a sign that said:

“$6 for Live, $8 for butchered” 

My children pulled the stray dollars and change they had in their pockets and bought the buck rabbit –alive–to breed to their does. 


  • Baleboosteh says:

    Oh the bliss of having a store like that nearby. We have nothing like it where we are (just outside London). We do have a Farmers’ Market – beautiful food and very interesting to look around but more in the ‘gourmet organic food’ bracket rather than what we need as a frugal family. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now but haven’t commented before. I find it a very inspiring read! May God continue to bless you richly.

  • sarah says:

    hahahaaa!!!! live or butchered!! Good thing PETA isn’t in your neck of the woods. lol. Does that upset Mariah, or has she begun to accept those things? Your food picture is cool, but after visiting you I have to ask will that even last the week? With that hair cut, Patrick is starting to look like some of those little Amish boys we saw. They [your boys] are as cute as ever! Does your baby turkey have a friend yet, or did he meet an early demise? Check out my blog to see a couple of pictures of the girls!

  • Bethany says:

    The hair… You should see the older boys….I will have to take a picture and send you…it is really bad. Only because we have the clippers still packed …somewhere…
    Well…she didn’t react to that- but it is a different story when it comes to her rabbit…..She has been reassured that her rabbit will not be eaten… and anything that we raise for meat….it is clearly laid out that this is an animal we are raising for the purpose of meat.
    The turkey is growing happy and healthy in a cage that the boys move around the yard all day… the turkey stays near where they are playing and eats the bugs. He is much happier.
    Farmer’s markets — There is a farmer’s market closer into the big city area that is more of a uppity scale organic market where it is way too expensive for my budget and family size.
    This country store I found is very reasonable for fresh farm food, as well as selling canned foods, jellies, grains, baking supplies, baked goods, frozen goods, fresh veggies and fruits. One big difference is that your fresh foods are seasonal and local only — they don’t have oranges or bananas–they don’t have food shipped in from China or even California. The fresh food selection this week was radishes, green onions, yellow onions, potatoes, strawberries — but they were fresh, organic and cheap—
    Our local farmer’s market is very different from the one close to the big city… You can buy nice sized tomato and pepper plants for $1. A nice large bag of fresh organic mixed greens or spinach is $1.50 to $2.50 a bag — That beats $6 for a bag of organic fresh salad mix or $3.99 for one tomato plant or $9 for a gallon of goats milk, $3 or $4 for organic eggs and $10 to $15 for a bouquet of flowers in the city organic market– I can’t feed this many people with those prices.
    No—that food won’t last long — I went through a gallon of milk in less than 24 hours…18 eggs and a package of sausage, bowl of strawberries and a pot of grits for breakfast. The trick is to have your supplies built up so that you don’t have to buy the same things each week—and to grow the large majority of our food from our own land–it takes a lot of work and time to get that going though. However, because of just moving–we don’t have the egg or milk supplies that we need and making 21 loaves of bread a week (we easily go through 3 loaves a day when it is available) is a little too much for me currently — I buy my bread from a lady in our church and at the country market and am happy with that arrangement now.