A lot of people like to say, "It's just too expensive to eat so much fresh food!" After browsing through the greens section of the grocery stores I can see why! A bag of turnip greens costs $3, a pack of summer squash and zucchini for $3, lettuce, carrots, root veggies etc...by the time you load up your cart for the week, you're spending $30 alone on produce!
Increasingly I've been doing my shopping at the many farmer's markets in my area (Clearwater, FL). Just yesterday I went to one at the local fleamarket (Wagonwheel) and there were a ton of Vietnamese vendors there, all selling unidentifiable greens, vegetables and fruits for dirt cheap. I bought a huge bunch of sweet potato greens (which I didn't know what the heck they were at first), 4 ginormous carrots, a bag of navel oranges, asparagus, a small bag of red potatoes, and a small bag of shallots, all for around $8. I could have bought more but didn't have enough room in my tote bag. They were also selling whole fish on ice there, bags of mussels and shrimp, but I'm always a bit leery of meat that's been out in the heat for half the day (despite being on ice). Baskets of colorful peppers, eggplant, apples, potatoes, onions, melons, avocados, crates of ginger root, you name it. Dirt cheap.
If only these places sold meat, I think I'd be set! Unless there aren't any markets (doubtful), how can anyone bother with going to places like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's? Unless of course they carry something specific...I'm also trying to buy/eat more local stuff, and the climate down here in FL is perfect for so many foods. Blowing my money at Publix or Sweetbay is just stupidity, IMO.