LFM Eating Local Week 1 Meal Plan

by Emily on June 4, 2012

I am beyond excited to announce that Mommy Secrets and Mommy Made Green have partnered up with the Lawrenceville Farmer’s Market this summer! Each week I will be sharing my goodies from the market as well as the meals that I plan to make with them throughout the week. I will post these here on my blog as well as through email. If you would like to be a part of the weekly email full of insider info and recipes please sign up here. This email is different from our Mommy Secrets newsletter, so make sure if you want the recipes that you sign up for this newsletter as well.

I am so passionate about moms feeding their families healthy diets and a great way to get your kids to eat fruits in vegetables is to involve them in the process. Also, fresh fruits and vegetables taste completely different and MUCH better than supermarket produce. The produce at the market is often picked hours before you buy it, compared to days or weeks when you buy produce in the grocery store. Here is picture of Little Buddy loading up his Farmer’s Market bag this week:

 

And not only are you doing something better for your family but you are doing something amazing for other families! Buying local supports the local economy and helps other families support their families. Each farmer at the market has a story and I have really enjoyed getting to know those that have been there for several years. The last time I was at the market I was extremely pregnant with Munchkin man and this morning I had several farmers ask me if I had a little boy or a little girl, as he was home napping with Mr. Hero. Buying from people you know makes you feel comfortable with the quality of the product you are getting. Any farmer will be more than willing to tell you how they grow their food and some even have pictures. Little Buddy got to see pictures of a farmer on his tractor at one of the booths today and he loved it. Here are some pictures I took today of the different booths:

 

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Many are always ask me how I manage to feed my family of 5 a completely natural/organic diet on such a limited budget of $500 a month or less. One of the key factors to this is to eat local. I look forward to the Farmer’s Market each week in the summer and so do my little ones. They LOVE shopping at the market each week. Here is a picture of almost everything I got today for a grand total of $37! Below you find all the recipes for meals I plan to make this week with the produce I bought at the market.

4 Ears of Corn

1 Bushel of Peaches

6 small cucumbers

About 2 dozen sweet banana peppers

3 pounds of potatoes

1 pound of zuchini

2 green tomatoes

1 pound of pecans

1 pound of chicken sausage (not pictured)

We have some amazing summer meals coming up with the start of the market! Here are some of the recipes I am making this week:

Veggie Tuna Salad and Fresh Baked Herb Bread (using sweet peppers and then herbs from my garden)

Sausage and Zucchini Pasta (using chicken sausage, zucchini, and tomatoes- I didn’t get any red tomatoes this week because I already had some at home)

Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches (green tomatoes)- For this I simply slice my tomatoes and dredge them through Hodgson Mill Corn Meal I find at Kroger, sprinkle them with sea salt and pepper, and fry in a shallow pan of olive oil. I then serve on fresh bread with some hot sauce or dijon mustard.

Greek Steak Pitas (cucumbers) I have also made this recipe with ground beef and it is just a delicious

Grilled Sandwiches, Grilled Corn on the Cob,  Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions (corn, peppers, potatoes) This is a family favorite. We grill whatever meat we have on hand (burgers, chicken, steak, etc.) and then serve with the grilled corn and vegetables. I add peppers and garlic to the linked recipe above.

Homemade Granola Bars (pecans): another family favorite we make these on a weekly and sometime biweekly basis

And we can’t forget the peaches! Watsonia is the only grower of organic peaches in the Southeast. My peaches are currently sitting on my counter ripening a little bit, but I cannot wait to sink my teeth in them or make coconut peach ice cream with any that are left at the end of the week!

And lastly at the end of each week, if I happen to have a good bit of leftover vegetables I do one of three things:

  1. Freeze them for winter use
  2. Make Homemade Veggie Pizza
  3. Make Vegetable Gumbo Soup (Recipe will come later in the season)

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About

Emily is a mom on a mission. A mission to help other moms discover that being green doesn’t have to be hard, or expensive! She is a speaker, writer, and teacher on organic living and natural parenting.

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