Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Feast: Local and Organic Style

As I've mentioned in previous posts, a group of local bloggers have teamed up to bring you a variety of holiday posts to save you time, money, and hassle. Even better, today's tips help you plan a delicious Christmas feast with local and organic foods. This post from Hannah from Frugally Farming Family (mother of seven!) makes buying organic a priority and still stays within a budget. She is an inspiration.

This tip may sound like a given, but it saved me lots of money and helped me share organic goods for our Thanksgiving feast:
  • Before you go shopping, check your pantry, freezer, and fall garden for items on your list.
Though I did not host a Thanksgiving meal, I contributed Sister Schubert rolls bought for 75% off with sales and coupons and a squash casserole I had frozen from our vegetable garden's bounty. As a hostess gift, I brought homemade strawberry jam from berries we picked in Maryville, homemade salsa from our garden tomatoes, and a package of organic blueberries we had picked at another farm in Maryville. We enjoyed the berries for breakfast, and they were most impressed. The blueberries still tasted like we'd picked them yesterday.

Make sure you check out her other tips and recipes. Hannah has also done the leg work for the coupon match-ups with sales for December at Earth Fare. Here are the best deals she sees:

  • 8 oz. Gluten Free Deboles Pasta for $1 each with coupons
  • Organic Olive Oil 3 liters $19.98
  • 32 ounce Muir Glen Soup $1 after coupons
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day 16 oz. Lavender Dish Soap $1.99 after coupons!

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