Learning to Double Your Vegetable Dollars Is the Secret
“I’d like to buy organic vegetables, but they’re so expensive.” Ever catch yourself dreaming of more affordable organics? Try this on for size: What if, every time you purchased an organic vegetable, you actually got not just one but two or three vegetables? No doubt that would make the economic equation a lot more attractive.
Here’s how to make that his kind of magic happen: Waste Not. For example, in last week’s Farmers’ Market Excursion class, we made beet relish, using a gorgeous bunch of organic red and golden beets from Red Wagon Farm. The bunch cost $4.00, but
- we made enough relish for two meals,
- the next day, the beet greens were the centerpiece for another meal, and
- the following day the beet stems went into a lentil soup.
In other words, that’s four meals’ worth of vegetables for $4.00, or $1.00 per meal for amazingly delicious, don’t-harm-the-environment, don’t-harm-me, super-nutritious vegetables.
Bear in mind, too, that this was no ordinary bunch of limp beets with scraggly tops. They were firm and dense, the tops lush and huge and the stems plentiful. Every part of the beet was rich with flavor–leaving the taste buds completely satisfied and providing plenty of vegetable nutrition. Could anyone really argue that $1.00 per meal is “too expensive” for this caliber of vegetable?
“You get what you pay for” is a universal law. Pay little and you get little. Happily, it works the other way, too, however. Pay a fair price and you get a fair–often more than fair–product.
Now that you know the magic that makes organic affordable, begin learning how to use all parts of a vegetable. Join us for our last class on beet relish at Isabelle Farm on Thursday, July 26. Then check out the next blog for a quick way to use beet greens. For the stems, just saute and toss them into your favorite lentil soup (which could be a canned variety, too.)
Filed under: Cooking, Green Kitchen, Healthy Eating, Saving Money, Uncategorized, Vegetable-a-Month, Waste Not-Want Not | Tagged: affordability, Beet Greens, Beet Relish, Beet Stems, Cost of Good Food, Cutting Grocery Costs, food waste, Grocery Shopping, Organic Vegetables, Was |