My weekend ritual is not complete until I take a trip to the Kailua Town Farmers Market on Oahu’s east side. I love meeting the people that are growing my food and letting them know how important organic, non-GMO food is to me.
A plant-based lifestyle can seem cost prohibitive if you try to do all of your shopping for organics in the supermarkets. I’ve found that the best way to stretch my dollar is to shop for seasonal, local produce.The savings can be up to 50% less than buying at the supermarket.
Here’s the breakdown of what I got on this shopping trip:
- 2 large non-GMO papayas $6
- 1 bunch apple bananas $5
- 2 bags lychee $8
- 1 Hayden mango $4
- 1 head green leaf lettuce $2
- 2 bags micro greens $2
- 1 bunch curly kale $3
- 3 Japanese cucumbers $2
- 1 bag green beans $1.50
- 1 Hamakua tomato $1.50
- 1 Sea Asparagus bento $8
One week worth of fresh produce Total: $43
I do purchase some items like organic frozen fruit and quinoa from the big box stores to get more bang for my buck, along with nuts, seeds and grains from the bulk bins at my local vegetarian market. When I shop at the supermarkets, I always have a stack of coupons and the weekly deals flyer in hand.Yes, I’m that person, so you probably don’t want to get behind me in the checkout line! I’ll share my tips on couponing for organics/vegan food in an upcoming post.
I hope you enjoyed this little slice of Hawaii 🙂
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