This is day three in our quest to find out if organic foods are really affordable or if they are something reserved only for the elite. If you didn’t see my post yesterday, go and take a look. We had three very square meals (even steak for dinner) and it only cost $6.77/person for the entire day! That is what I call affordable.
Now on to day three. I am guessing today will be even cheaper. I helped with calf chores tonight and decided to make dinner a left over event. Let us run the numbers and see.
Breakfast: Homemade Oatmeal Pancakes (see breakdown below $2.29 ), milk (organic $4.50/gallon) and fried apples (organic 3lbs for $4.99) and maple syrup (organic $20.00/32oz).
- 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal (organic $1.33)
- 1.5 C milk (organic $0.42)
- 1/2 C sugar ($0.13-not organic, I buy Crystal because it supports MN/ND sugarbeet farmers)
- 1 tsp baking powder (organic $0.03)
- 2 eggs (local $0.29)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (organic $0.09)
- Oatmeal Pancakes (we ate them all) $2.29
- Milk $1.25
- Apple $0.62
- Maple Syrup $0.63
- Breakfast Total $4.79 or $1.20/person
Lunch was tacos with all the fixings: Zweber Farms ground beef ($3.75/lb), taco seasoning (not organic $0.75), soft tortilla shells (organic $3.03/8), avocado (organic $2.18/each), sour cream (organic $3.19/16oz), romaine lettuce (organic $1.89/lb), cheddar cheese (organic $4.98/8oz), Milk (organic $4.50/gallon)
- Ground beef $2.81
- seasoning $0.75
- Shells $1.89
- sour cream $.40
- Lettuce $.24
- cheese $1.87
- Milk $1.25
- Total for lunch $9.21or $2.30/person
Dinner is easy. The boys ate over at Grandma and Papa’s. I had left over tacos ($2.30). I had made double batch of taco meat, so I will add my meal to the total.Tim had left over steak from last night and since I counted his steak last night, I won’t add it again here.
Today’s grand total? $16.30! Can you believe it? So who are all those people out there that say buying organic food is too expensive and unaffordable? I am starting to prove that if you choose to eat organic food, you don’t have to break your pocketbook. Organic food can be affordable.
I really believe that the trick is to skip the processed foods. Organic cereal, deli meat, chips, etc. can really be expensive. We do buy chips to have as a snack, but I am also a huge popcorn fan. I can buy organic white popcorn for$1. 42/lb. This will last me two weeks if I eat popcorn everyday. A bag of chips costs us $3.60 and will last us three-four days.
Notes from the farm: No babies born today. We have several mothers in waiting. I hope to take some pictures when their cute little calves arrive. Today we also had AWESOME weather. It was 65 degrees, sunny and a gentle breeze. We cannot ask for more in March. They are talking rain/snow on Saturday, but it is expected this time of year. Now is a time for waiting on our farm. Waiting for calves to be born, waiting for fields to dry up and waiting for grass to grow.
Have a nice night!
Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com