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March 13, 2009

Farmers' Market Cooking on a Budget

chili_stackSavvy eaters know they don’t have to sacrifice sustainably produced food in hard economic times. In fact, with a little extra time spent cooking at home, some shoppers might be surprised by how far they can stretch their farmers’ market dollar.

As nonprofit workers with ample access to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the CUESA staff figured there was no one more equipped to illustrate the money saving power of cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients. So, we thought we’d share recipes for meals we make at home that cost around $4-$6/serving, not including pantry items such as salt, pepper and oil.

Black Bean Chili
Christine Farren, CUESA’s Administrative and Events Manager

Sarah’s Roasted Chicken
Sarah Henkin, CUESA’s Market Chef

Crockpot Goat Stew
Ashleigh Collier, CUESA’s Volunteer Coordinator

Nettles, Rice and Veggie Soup
Julie Cummins, CUESA’s Director of Education

Arroz Con Pollo
Dave Stockdale, CUESA’s Executive Director

Braised Sunchokes and Brussels Sprouts with Christmas Lima Bean Ragu
Twilight Greenaway, CUESA’s Virtual and Visual Education Manager

Note: most of us are not professional cooks, and some recipes are merely the latest product of frequent experimentation. In other words: cook at your own risk and let us know how it goes!

Related Reading

A Dollar Well Spent
CUESA recently created an in-depth rundown of the value of local produce, including a variety of perspectives from Ferry Plaza farmers. Read more >

Survey Says
Local Harvest, a web site that allows eaters all over the country to learn about and buy locally produced food, did an interesting national survey last fall, in an effort to answer the question, “How does local food compare on price?” See their findings here >

Organize a Cook-off Day
A recent blog post on Civil Eats tells of a group of families who spend some free time cooking in bulk with other parents so they can free up more quality family time during the week. Read more here >


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »