Not being a CSA (community shared agriculture) subscriber this summer greatly changes the way I grocery shop. I continue to shop regularly at farmer’s markets but I also develop a habit of weekly visit to Whole Foods. The nickname Whole Paycheque is not without reason especially if one takes advantage of their prepared food department. Fortunately, my preference for home cooking means my purchases are mostly limited to vegetable, fruit, dairy, meat, and fish. If you know your prices and wisely avoid the overpriced items, it is not necessarily the money pit it may appear at first glance.
It’s funny how my eating habit is so driven by my shopping habit. The Whole Foods weekly sales flyer comes out every Wednesday and they usually have special three-day sales running Friday to Sunday. Every once in a while, there are door-crasher special Friday one day sale. What does it all mean? It means I can usually buy MSC-certified fish and good quality meat at reasonable price on weekends. For this reason, I eat meat or fish on weekends and maintain a vegetarian diet on weekdays.
Last weekend was a perfect illustration of this change in my eating habit. I’ve been taking full advantage of the wild caught salmon this year and immensely enjoy sockeye to coho to keta as the season progresses. At regular price, it would be a splurge purchase but it is so much cheaper to eat food that are in season! I bought a gorgeous glistening piece of keta salmon so I planned a whole meal around it for Sunday dinner.