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Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

My post about the difficulties of the logistics of family meals and feeding well got a lot of comments. Particularly as so much of the discussion and scolding parents get around feeding and “obesity” assumes so much:  about finances, access to transportation, a working and large enough fridge, cooking and reading skills. As I wrote, “It’s one thing to say, “eat 5 servings of organic, local fruits and veggies!” and, “get thee to a  farmer’s market!” But, the reality is, not all families own a min-van, have a covered garage, week-end mornings free to wander among the stalls at the market, or even a large fridge and freezer to store foods etc. When we blame parents for making kids fat or skinny, and admonish parents to shop and cook organics when most Americans live in a fresh food dessert, when 1/6 Americans now live below the poverty level (with a higher proportion of children), when soda costs a fraction of what organic milk does, we are often missing the picture, and missing the opportunity to affect change.

So, we’ve been enjoying our experiment in apartment living, but it definitely changes how I shop, etc. On the top floor, I have to get all the groceries up. (In another way, having the luxury or underground parking, with no snow to contend with makes it easier…)

Our grocery cart that was featured in the old post on logistics, bent again and is out of commission. (I overloaded it and ran over a tennis shoe, it worked for awhile again, until I overloaded it again and the steel bent like butter…) So, here is what I am now using to get my groceries in the door. It doesn’t look as cool, but it works. Hey, you do what you gotta do, right?

What are your tricks for buying, planning, or getting food on your table? Thought folks might like this little update 🙂

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  1. Jay

    Online grocery shopping helps a lot, very common here in the UK. We do still do one shop during the week, but it makes things a lot easier in terms of reducing that shop to just the stuff that needs to be fresh. It was a godsend when I lived in a top floor flat having them bring it up. But it is slightly more expensive I find, more because you can’t e.g. buy one carrot but have to buy a whole pack of them, than because the prices are more expensive.

    • katja

      I’ve tried locally here, but the selection is so limited! Maybe in a bigger city, but I can’t get so much that I want that it doesn’t save me time… I have a sitter who once a week gets some things from target so I hit the local coop about every 5 days… Would live to do online shopping!

  2. Lisa

    Thank you, Katja, for bring up this important topic. Considering the logistics and the different levels of privilege we all have w/r/t income, time, space, etc…. is very important when we look at why we eat the way we do. It’s also funny how one thing changing can lead to a whole cascade of adjustments!

    I am very lucky in that we have plenty of money for groceries, a car, easy access to farmer’s markets and organic foods, and a local farmer we get our meats and eggs from. Since we get our meats quarterly, I do have to plan a bit ahead about how the meat is used. The first year was sorta messy, but now I have it down to a science 🙂

    Where I am more challenged is with time management. We both work full time, and if we want to eat ‘from scratch’ then I get up an hour early to do dinner prep for that night. Which has meant getting up at 5 AM, but now that we have a dog I have to get up at 4:30 to get a walk in with him.

    Having that time in the AM makes a huge difference for me, because after a day at work – even if I slept until 7 AM – I am pretty wrung out. When we get home I get dinner on the table and then I am done for the night. My husband takes care of clean up, homework and our daughter’s bedtime.

    These “farmer’s hours” have meant that I really limit any evening commitments or activities during the week, but the trade-off is worth it for our family.

  3. Amber

    My only problem is that some stores in my neighborhood have a “no cloth bags, carts, or backpacks” policy in place which limits where I go to buy groceries because I don’t have a car at the moment. If I just need a few items that can fit in a few plastic bags from these stores I will shop at these places, but for bigger shopping I can’t go to these stores. Since I live in California, I have a feeling the stores with this policy for have a hard time ganging enough customers when then this summer the state wide law banning plastic shopping bags goes into affect as many people in this area have no car.

    • katja

      Wow, I’ve never heard a “no cloth bags” rule. I have seen signs that say not to shop into your own bags, which would look like shoplifting, but never that you can’t use them… How can that be? So you can’t even bring the bags in, and fold them up in the bottom of the cart while you shop?

      • Marielle

        My local grocery store used to have this rule, but they allowed customers to drop off their bags near the cashiers at the front of the store. You could go get your bags again while you were checking out, and load up your groceries. Maybe the stores will let you leave your bag with a cashier while you shop?