I have spent quite a bit of money over this past week as we transition to buying most of our fresh food from the Recliffe Jetty Markets. Lovely Hubby had done a slightly smaller shop last Wednesday as we had done quite a lot of shopping at the markets. I think within the next week or so the money side of things will balance out once we do the majority of shopping at the markets to cover a whole week.
There are still quite a few items that we will have to rely on the Supermarkets for, like butter, flour and baking ingredients, vinegar (for cleaning) oats for my homemade muesli, soy sauce, rice bran oil, ingredients for homemade laundry liquid, vegemite, rice, noodles and I am sure there are countless more items that we use on a weekly basis that we will be unable to buy from the markets.
Anyway we will see how this little adventure goes. The fruit and veggies from the markets are most definitely better quality and much fresher, the meat seems to be the same price as we were paying before from our little independent butcher, except this meat is free range, so I think that is a win. The nuts are a little more expensive than at ALDI but we have been getting a bit of a discount when we buy a few bags so I think it is about the same (I will have to do a more thorough audit on prices to satisfy my frugal soul) It still means going to the supermarket for some items but ultimately we would love to do the majority from the Sunday market. We get down there early and are home having breakfast by 8, so we still have the rest of the day at home to get our jobs done.
What we bought
Shopping from ALDI and Woolworths. The meat from our local independent Butcher didn't make it into the photo. Lovely Hubby bought Pork Belly and Collar Butt to make Char Sui and Sui Yook. I also did an extra bit of shopping from Coles on Saturday for baking and making yoghurt (not pictured)
Meat, free range eggs, nuts, fruit and veg and some beautiful fresh croissants from the markets
I love my fruit bowl to be full of beautiful fresh produce
What we spent (it's a lot, you might need to sit down, I know I did)
Coles-$36.52 (Not pictured) Powdered milk, milk, frozen raspberries, filo pastry, feta cheese, quinoa, dates, pumpkin seeds, raw cashews, bread and laundry liquid (I am going to be using this as a base for my homemade laundry liquid)
Neli Coffee-$10.00 Swiss Water decaffeinated coffee
What we ate
Wednesday-Lamb and Rosemary Sausages with mash and coleslaw
Thursday-Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry with steamed basmati rice, yoghurt, chutney and papadums
Friday-Pan fried pearl perch with a big tossed salad
Saturday-Home Made Lamb Souvlaki Pizza with Tatziki and Spinach
Sunday and Monday-Lovely hubby made Char Sui and Sui Yuk, he actually made it on Saturday while he had the BBQ up to heat when he cooked the Pizzas
Tuesday-Crab, Tomato and Basil with Angel Hair pasta.We were gifted some sand crabs and lovely hubby cooked and cleaned them for this lovely dish. Sand crabs aren't as hard to clean as Mud crab but it still took him 2 hours to clean all the meat from this gifted crab. So lucky!
Over to you, do you shop at local markets? Do you find you spend less or more by shopping at your local market?