Today's Farmers' Market Finds and Co-op Order

It was co-op week! There was a mix-up with my delivery site so I didn't get to pick it up until yesterday, but everyone at the co-op was great and helped me out.
 
 
This month my order included:

grass-fed ground beef
grass-fed ribeyes
grass-fed beef livers
pastured chicken livers
pastured chicken hearts
pastured chipotle pepper sausage
pastured pork stew meat
pastured pork fat
pastured eggs
grass-fed butter
grass-fed raw cheddar cheese


Look at these eggs! They're probably the prettiest assortment of eggs I've ever had. I love the green ones. I know they're going to taste really good, too.


This month my dog will be eating...

pastured chicken livers
pastured chicken hearts
pastured chicken backs
pastured chicken necks
pastured chicken bones


Then, today I went to the farmers' market. I fared better this week than I did last; last week I got there a little later than usual and you wouldn't believe how much was already gone.

pastured chicken thighs
raw honey
baby leaf lettuce
carrots
celery
dill
onion chives
watermelon radishes
grape tomatoes
red potatoes

8 comments:

  1. Hi Cristina,

    Nice Haul!

    I have a couple of questions for you. Would you mind if I asked how many pounds of meat you buy for the month, and if it actually lasts you all month for you and your husband, and if you don't mind, about how much you spend.

    I have no problem with my produce. We have a great Green Market where I live this time of year. In the summers here in FL, it gets harder to find good produce, but winters here are great!

    My problem is meat. I've looked into co-ops, and they are sooo expensive! I have a family of 4. My son is still living at home, and is almost 20. He and my husband do physical work in construction, and they have BIG appetites, and are most definitely meat eaters. I've tried a few meatless meals, and it works for my teenage daughter and I, but the boys want MEAT!

    My daughter and I eat normal portions, but if I try to give my husband or son a 4oz. piece of meat they laugh and say, "ok, that was good now what's for dinner".

    I noticed one of your recipes for orange chicken, you use two thighs. I'm just curious. Would that feed both you and your husband for dinner? My husband would eat at least 3 himself.

    Do you have any suggestions on how I can use good quality pastured meats and dairy, and not go bankrupt with the way my family eats?

    Also, are your meats certified organic or just Pasture fed?

    Sorry for all the questions...thanks for your help!

    Barb

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  2. Hi Barb,

    I am happy to help you as much as I can.

    This month, I spent $136 on meat (meat for people only, this doesn't include the dog's food). I will still have some left over next month. For example, this month I bought 3 pounds of ground beef, which will last about 2 months. But then next month, I'll probably need chicken leg quarters, which I didn't need this month. So it all evens out. I'd guess that $136 is about average.

    My husband and I are both pretty thin. Thankfully, I can stretch out our meals with rice, potatoes, vegetables, etc., and my husband doesn't mine much. Occassionally he tells me I need to make more meat.

    As far as my orange chicken recipe - the thighs I used to get were really big, and yes, we only needed 2. The ones I get now are much smaller so we eat 4 to 5 thighs between the two of us.

    See if you can stretch meals with the sides, like I listed above. Also, try stretching ground beef (which is the cheapest cut available, anyway) with beef liver. It sounds gross, but it kind of disappears and you can't taste it. Promise! I only recommend this with a good quality, pastured meat, though. Make casseroles or stir-frys, which require other ingredients so you can use less meat, but still include it. Use chicken more, because it's usually cheaper than beef.

    And finally, no, my meats are not certified organic. They are all grass-fed/pasture raised. There is only one certified organic beef producer in Oklahoma; I do buy from them occassionally, but they are much more expensive.

    I hope this helps!

    Cristina

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  3. what coop are you with? how do you find a coop?

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  4. Hi Cristina, Thank you so much for the help. Would you mind taking a look at this site for me and tell me your opinion. They are also not organic but seem to be the type you talk about. Also take a look at the price list and tell me if you think this is comparable to what you buy or too expensive. http://www.floridafieldstoforks.com

    They are not close by where I live, but they do have a once a month drop point not too far from me. So I'd have to order only once a month.

    Thank you so much!

    Barb

    P.S. Yes, you are lucky you don't have two bottomless pits in your house lol!

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  5. @Tianna Rose, I am a member of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative (http://www.oklahomafood.coop). To find a co-op in your area, visit Local Harvest http://www.localharvest.org. However, that is not a complete list, especially when it comes to co-ops. The best way to find a co-op is to really dig around town, talk to people who would know like farmers or supporters of local food. You may be surprised what is in your area that you'd never heard of.

    @Barb, I looked at that website, and it looks pretty good to me. The prices are reasonable. It is a little more expensive than what I pay, but Oklahoma has a lower cost of living (we also get paid less...). I do think their raw milk was ridiculously expensive; it's double what I pay. Otherwise, their quality seems spot on. The only thing I might do, is see if you can connect with a couple others who are already members, to see how what they like and don't like, and just to make sure it really is all that it seems.

    It is typical for co-ops to do a once a month drop off; that is how mine works as well. It's really convenient, actually.

    Keep in touch, I hope it works out for you!

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  6. Cristina,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to check that out for me. I'll keep you posted how it goes.

    Keep the great recipes coming!

    Barb

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  7. I am new to this and live in the NW OKC area. Do you mind telling me where you buy from? I assume you look for best prices as am I, but I feel overwhelmed. Also, have you tried a CSA? What's the difference?

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  8. @Anonymous, I buy from the Oklahoma Food Cooperative (www.oklahomafood.coop) which is once a month, and the OSU-OKC Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday year-round. I know of a couple of CSAs in the area, but I feel like they're really expensive. And since I have access to the co-op and farmers' market all year, I don't really need them. If you have any more questions, feel free to e-mail me at Organicwife@anorganicwife.com and I will help you as much as I can! :)

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