I actually hate food shopping. It is boring and involves way too much unpacking, and packing for my liking. Pack stuff into the trolley, unpack at checkout, repack into trolley, pack into car, unpack car then finally unpack shopping into the fridge and pantry... See, lots of pack/unpack. Boring.
Our nearest food shop is 35km from The Farm. This is not a huge distance but obviously enough that if I forget something I choose to go without rather than do a special trip! I try and do one big shop once a week/fortnight and limit the little shops in between if possible. Obviously this doesn't always work but I figure it is worth aiming for. I try to buy a lot in bulk and also store a lot of non perishable food. Likewise we have lots of freezer space and again I try and keep lots of supplies on hand. This saves "emergency" trips into town and means I can cope with unplanned guests etc.
We have a fairly decent IGA in our closest town. It is now open 7 days a week. When I first came to town the shops all shut at midday on Saturday and if you didn't get there on time it was beans on toast for the weekend... Now we have a lot more shopping time. The IGA has most things and I try and make sure I shop there as much as possible because I want to do the right thing by local business. There is a small amount of gourmet food but it is basic. If I am planning a dinner party I often head in with a list for my first choice recipe and a fall back basic recipe so if what I need for my first choice isn't there I can still buy something. Fresh fruit and veg is OK but not brilliant. There is a fantastic butcher in town and I try and use him as much as I can. Sometimes we kill and dress our own sheep but it is quite time consuming and has we have got busier has happened less and less often.
Shopping in town is definitely more expensive than The City. If things are exorbitant in town I will vote with my feet and buy elsewhere. I have done this mainly with things like nappies. At one point I struggled to see how any retailer could justify a $20 mark up on a big box of Huggies just because we were 180km from a city...
Here are some photos of The Farmhouse pantry. I store lots of stuff and it is a quite big walk in arrangement. I love it. It looks super tidy in the photos. Please don't think I am an uber housewife. I just took the photos after a huge post mouse war clean out.
|General Household Stuff And Alcohol Stash|
Just for the record The Farmer is responsible for all the spices lined up very neatly. They are also in alphabetical order. He is a farmer. He has a thing about straight lines...
So anyway - there you go. Shopping on The Farm and a quick pantry tour.
I hope everyone is having a nice Valentine's Day.