I pick up a produce CSA once a week, a meat CSA once a month and go to the farmer's market every week. I find myself at Trader Joe's at least twice a week and at Whole Foods a few times a month. A run of the mill standard grocery store is within walking distance of our apartment, so if the husband has the car for the day and I just need one ingredient or a small run, I'll walk there. I also have a tiny balcony garden I tend to.
All in all, I'd say that I spend around five hours a week simply PROCURING food. (Not cooking, eating, etc. - just procuring.)
Is this about average for other PaleoHackers with families to feed? How many hours do you spend simply procuring food?
Never thought of this, but an interesting question. We live in a very rural area. I probably use 2 lunch hours picking up groceries during the week, and I use a full morning on the weekend driving 20 minutes in the other direction for our local butcher and a big box store, probably about 3 hours there total. Oh, and another 1/2 hour for our fruit / veggie store back up in the "big city"... Sometimes we do the farmer's market on the weekend (probably two hours every other week)...
So, I guess I'm in the 5.5 to 6 hour range. Wow, that seems like a lot. But worth it!
I was just thinking to myself how much time I spend procuring food for my dog. He is on a raw meat diet. The best deal for poultry is buying in bulk (under a $1 per/pound) he needs about 1 -2 pounds per day of food. Food is to consist of what would be 'natural' so bones, meat and liver. He also needs his share of red meat, the cheapest being pork at the restaurant supply store about 30 min away. I then have to cut up everything or take it out of the plastic, put on a try in the garage refrigerator. This has saved his life. He was close to being put down due to a degenerative disease called Wobblers Disease. He was 10 years old when I started this, and he is doing so well on this diet. I think I have added another good year of a quality life for him as he was bed ridden when I started this.
I spend so many hours getting food for my family of 5 as well. 20-30 min each trip probably 2-3 times a week, to various places. I am going to start getting some things from a CSA but that is still more drive time but reduces the trips to the grocery store.
Just starting myself I definitely notice the additional time it takes to find decent food. A little more effort into planning and finding these items is needed. Luckily TJ's is 2 mins away and theres a produce stand with organic stuff even closer. Im doing ok for now but I would like to branch out and try some local grass fed meats if I can afford it. I spend probably about 2 hours a week or less myself.
I hardly spend any time shopping - maybe 15 minutes a week? I work at Whole Foods and get a discount so I mostly shop there these days, after my shift. I eat the same simple meals each day and buy the same things each week (just different meats and fish depending on price). If I am cooking for others I meal-plan and write down my shopping list, so there are very few last-minute runs to the store.
Spring through fall I spend 3-10 hours per week working in the garden. It provides an inconsequential amount of my daily calories (until we harvest potatoes in the fall), but is my only source of fresh organic produce and lots of nutrients from our good soil.
I spend at least 2 hours a day on the average, growing food in my garden, during the growing season. I do not use a rototiller; all the digging is done by hand, by me. I consider this to be a big part of my daily exercise, plus I am getting sunshine! I spend maybe 2 hours per week grocery shopping. So 18 hours per week from maybe March thru October, less during the winter months.
Usually two hours or so, but every month or two I make a 1.5 hour drive up to Annapolis so I can go to Trader Joe's & Whole Foods to stock up on things that are too pricey or unavailable where I live (grassfed cream, Kerrygold, almond butter, etc).
I'd say only about two hours a week. We order our pastured meat in bulk on a yearly basis, so that is already here in our deep freeze. Local organic fruits, veggies, and any extra pastured meats all come from our local farmer's co-op. I order once a week online and pick it up on Saturday morning. After picking up my co-op order I head to Whole Foods for a few things. Once a month I order online from Azure Standard and have to go pick that order up at a local drop point.
Once I found sources for everything I needed/wanted, I've found procuring food to actually take far less time than it used to.