Locavore Living on a Budget
As a college student, I am no stranger to penny-pinching and coupon clipping. Unfortunately, also because of my less than spectacular budget, I have become a close personal friend with ramen noodles, ninety-nine cent deals, and a plethora of prepackaged and fast food treats. I, like many others trying to cut costs, have been cornered into the market of cheap food. This, I have found, has been one of the simplest ways for up-keeping an unhealthy lifestyle as well as cheap living. With this need to live cheaply, I have sacrificed the benefits of consuming fresh, local food. Upon microwaving my 200th bowl of late night Easy Mac, I began to ask myself, “Is there any way out? Can I avoid this? Can I eat local, healthy, fresh food on a budget?”
The answer? I am still not sure. Some argue that high quality food should rightfully be more expensive, but without any other choice, can I find my way around it? Whether it is possible or not, this blog series will serve as a log of my summer endeavors. My goal is to eat completely local at least once a week for under ten dollars a day. From making homemade preserves to finding food-stamp friendly farmer’s markets, I hope to test out all of the tricks of the trade and maybe even discover some of my own. Hopefully, I will learn some new things, share my struggles, and have a good time with my food.
Submitted by Sasha Laferte