Even homesteaders by groceries. At least all the homesteaders I know do 😉
I thought it might be fun/useful to share our homestead grocery haul. It changes month to month of course, but this is a pretty good glimpse at our normal monthly grocery list.
My goal each month is to keep our groceries as clean as possible (meaning non-processed, organic, non-gmo), and to keep my trips to the grocery store minimal.
Right now we aren’t producing our own food, since we’re living in a townhouse. But I believe homesteading is about a mindset more than anything else. With that in mind we get our monthly grocery haul from 4 main sources right now:
- Our local CSA Farm (community supported agriculture)
- Butcher Box subscription
- Azure Standard
- And our local grocery stores
We make monthly orders from Azure Standard and Butcher Box, both of which I’ve been very happy with. Then we get weekly produce from our CSA and fill in any gaps at the grocery store – usually with the pick up option. Because, hey, I’ve got better things to do than navigate the grocery store 😉
Besides all this saving us a lot of time, we also enjoy Butcher Box, Azure Standard and CSA because we get to:
- buy healthy food options not available in our local grocery stores
- save money on healthy food options
- save time by buying monthly in bulk
- save money by avoiding impulse buys
- support family farms and family businesses instead of corporations
- save sanity by avoiding the weekly wild goose chase for the best deals and healthy options in town
- Oh, and if you currently have animals on your homestead, Azure Standard also has non-gmo and organic animal feed for cheaper than your local feed stores, and they have ingredients to make your own animal feed if you choose.
I love the ease of ButcherBox. It sends me a variety of clean pasture raised meats from small family farms each month. Now, ideally, I’ll admit, I would go seek out locally raised meats. However, that’s very time intensive, and outside of our budget. ButcherBox enables us to have access to pasture raised meats in a wide variety of cuts unavailable at our stores and at a price our family can afford. One box is generally enough meat for our family for an entire month. And you guys, it comes right to my door. Winning. Not to mention the quality of the meats we’ve received is out of this world. I feel like it’s Christmas Day when Butcher Box arrives. (get $30 off your first order here)
I use Azure Standard for pantry items, because even homesteaders need staples. Azure Standard is basically a healthfood bulk buying co-op. You join a local drop off point, place your order, and then pick it up at the drop off point from the drop off coordinator on a specific day of the month. It’s so easy and convenient. The prices are usually cheaper then what I can get at my local grocery stores too.
Here’s a sampling of what we get month to month:
- peanut butter
- coconut oil
- arrow root powder
- cacao powder
- non-toxic personal care
- healthier treats (crackers, granola bars, carob, cacao nibs, etc)
This leaves produce for our CSA. I get a nice variety of produce each week from a local farm, and it’s generally enough produce for us for an entire week. A CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture farm, where the community pays up front for produce throughout the season. This guarantees customers for the farmer, and helps them pay for farming expenses throughout the season, as well as helps them know how much to grow. It’s a great synergy between the community and their farmers.
In the summertime when we have tons of access to u-pick farms, we tend to get most/all of our fruit from those. And then basic extras to fill in any gaps from our local grocery stores. Where we tend to buy things like herbs, fruit, tortillas, and the occasional sweet 😉 Because hey, nobody is perfect!
Our goal is to one day produce most of our own fruit and veggies, all of our own dairy products, and some of our own meat. But, we’re several years away from that still since we just moved. While we’re saving for our own farm, I am incredibly grateful to have access to such healthy grocery options. When we started on our health journey 10 years ago, options like this were not as readily available. We’re really grateful to have them now to make our life more convenient, healthy, and save us money each month.
Was this a helpful peek into our grocery haul? Let me know in the comments!
And if you want a live look at our groceries each month, be sure to follow me over on Instagram, I share my grocery hauls in real time in my IG Stories 😉