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Shopping List: Plant-Strong Summer Challenge Week 1

Here's the shopping list for the week one of the new plant-strong variation of the Cook for Good Summer Challenge. It shows my cost here in Raleigh North Carolina, which will give you an idea of what your cost will be. Here's the menu for the week.

The prices are for all organic items except for those marked with an asterisk, where I either couldn't find an organic version locally or where the price difference didn't pass my sanity test. Three times more for organic sugar? Do it if you can, but it's not in my budget.

Shopping was harder this year: my store-brand organic peanut butter was not available. Neither were bay leaves in bulk or organic white whole-wheat flour. Many prices crept up about 10%. Beans and carrots stayed the same. Some prices dropped: sugar, olive oil, onions, and salt.

item category bulk? price each total cost quantity
baking soda* baking   $0.59 $0.59 8 ounces
brown sugar* baking   $1.19 $1.19 pound
cashews, raw baking   $6.99 $6.99 12 ounces
cocoa* baking   $2.59 $2.59 8 ounces
flour, all-purpose baking   $4.69 $4.69 five pounds
flour, white whole wheat* baking   $4.69 $4.69 five pounds
sugar* baking   $3.44 $3.44 5 pounds
walnuts baking Y $10.99 $10.99 pound
yeast, rapid rise* baking   $1.99 $1.99 three pack
wheat germ* cereal   $2.69 $2.69 pound
coconut spread cooler   $3.99 $3.99 10 ounces
apple sauce fruit   $2.99 $2.99 six four-ounce containers
dried fruit, raisins fruit Y $3.19 $3.19 pound
beans, black grains Y $1.69 $3.38 2 pounds
flax seed, ground grains   $4.99 $4.99 14 ounces
rice grains Y $1.69 $1.69 pound
coconut milk grocery   $1.99 $1.99 16 ounces
honey grocery   $4.69 $4.69 8 ounces
peanut butter grocery   $4.69 $4.69 18 ounces
rotini, whole wheat grocery   $1.39 $2.78 two 1-pound bags
tomatoes, crushed grocery   $1.99 $3.98 two 28-ounce cans
tomatoes, diced grocery   $1.99 $1.99 28-ounce can
vinegar grocery   $3.69 $3.69 16 ounces
yeast, nutritional grocery Y $6.69 $1.67 4 ounces
oil, corn oil   $4.99 $4.99 16 ounces
oil, olive oil   $5.99 $5.99 16.9 ounces (liter)
avocado produce   $1.67 $6.67 4 avocadoes
basil produce   $5.00 $5.00 8 ounces
bell peppers, green produce   $2.99 $4.49 3 peppers (1.5 pounds)
carrots produce   $3.99 $3.99 five pounds
corn* produce   $0.50 $1.00 2 ears
garlic produce   $0.69 $1.38 2 heads
ginger produce   $5.99 $4.49 12 ounces
green beans produce   $1.99 $5.97 3 pounds
lemons produce   $0.99 $1.98 2 lemons
onions produce   $0.99 $1.49 1.5 pounds
onions, purple produce   $1.99 $1.00 8 ounces
peaches* produce   $2.99 $7.97 8 peaches
pears produce   $2.49 $9.96 four pears
potatoes, sweet produce   $1.99 $3.98 2 pounds
squash, summer produce   $1.99 $5.97 3 pounds
tomatoes produce   $4.00 $2.00 half pound
bay leaves* spices   $0.75 $0.75 half ounce
chipotle pepper spices   $5.69 $5.69 1.76 ounce bottle
cinnamon spices Y $0.56 $0.56 half ounce
cumin spices Y $1.19 $1.19 half ounce
oregano spices Y $1.12 $1.12 half ounce
salt* spices   $0.43 $0.43 28-ounce package
vanilla spices   $5.69 $5.69 ounce

Reader Comments (1)

Prices have gone up....I went to visit my son in Clayton, NC and made a vegetable lasagne dish....we shopped in Lowes as he is not that close to Whole Foods. I paid $2.49 for one red bell was wrapped in cellophane like a present...which at that price it almost was! Why is it so difficult tofind organic veggies in all supermarkets? We are being fed GMO veggies by most markets. So, if you are a vegetarian you have to worry about that instead of the meat issues but I guess it is by far better. Now with the draught it will impact on things. Corn may become a gourmet delicacy. Pray for the farmers in the midwest and some rain for their crops!

Jul 16, 2012 | Registered Commenterfrann
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