After a really tight financial summer, we’re finally making money again! To celebrate yesterday’s paycheck (which is almost double what we were making on a single income), we decided to go on a shopping spree of the grocery variety. We’ve been living off our pantry–a lot of beans and lentil soup. Time for something fresh!
At the Farmer’s Market, we picked up a bag of green beans, a box of mixed peppers (red, yellow, and green!), zucchini, Pace Farm pepper cilantro jelly (really good!), Greer Farms honey, and Greer Farms Strawberry Peach Jam (their Jack Daniels Vanilla Peach jelly is to die for–we already have a jar in the fridge), and a bag of fresh basil (which Sarah is addicted to). Pretty much all the farms are pretty local (as far as Texas is concerned), but we were excited to find that Pace Farms is in Hallsville, just one town over from us. Their jellies might make their way into our Christmas baskets this year.
After finishing up with the farmers, we headed off to Jack’s Natural Foods (also in Longview) where we picked up a few other necessities. Sarah is participating in an Elfster gift exchange in her mom’s group, so she needed supplies for that too. This exchange has to be handmade, so she’s planning on a pumpkin-scented chamomile coconut oil lotion to send along. We both love Jack’s and we just happened to have a 10% coupon on hand to use as well. We picked up chocolate Plant Fusion protein powder, Mung beans (12g protein/serving), Irish oatmeal (let’s be honest, we just wanted the awesome tin can it came in), aloe vera juice (for the lotion Sarah’s making), Tofurky sandwich slices, Tempeh (which they gave to us free), cream cheese alternative (which we won’t buy again–this one slipped by Todd’s trans fat radar), canned Redi-burger (which Sarah fears is a vegetarian Spam), and chamomile tea bags (for the lotion gift).