AMERICA EATS

Not very well, I am afraid.

“These are the top 10 items sold at grocery stores for the 52 weeks ending June 14, 2009. They are ranked by dollar sales.

1. Carbonated beverages
2. Milk
3. Fresh bread and rolls
4. Beer/Ale/Hard cider
5. Salty snacks
6. Natural cheese
7. Frozen dinners/entrees
8. Cold cereal
9. Wine
10. Cigarettes

Via GROCERY – Bitten Blog – NYTimes.com

Question: I assume many of our readers are growing some, most or even all their own food.  How has growing your own changed your eating habits?  Care to share what’s in your basket?

Comments(11)

  1. Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife says:

    Yes, we’ve eaten more pumpkin since we started growing our own. This was a challenge since I don’t care for dishes that sweeten pumpkin, and my husband can’t stand squash when it’s fibrous and stringy. We work around these food aversions because it’s important to us to produce our own.

    We eat (lettuce) salads mostly in spring and fall, hardly any in summer or mid-winter. Fresh tomato season is only about four weeks long for us. The rest of the year we eat our smoked and dried tomatoes, or the sauce I can from homegrown. We eat more root crops, especially beets. And our meals, especially in summer, revolve not around what we feel like eating, but around what needs to be used up.

  2. Heather says:

    Of the items on the top selling list, we had four in our basket the last time I shopped (diet Coke, milk, bread, natural cheese). In addition to that we had only yogurt, veggies and fruit in the basket. My goal when shopping is generally to have nothing in a box in my cart – as non-processed as possible.

  3. DoubleD says:

    We grow 100% of our vegetables and approximately 40% of our fruits (excluding items eaten at restaurants which is infrequent). We try to choose locally grown items for everything else but do purchase them. My grocery cart typically has:

    meat & fish
    dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese)
    icecream (yup that is our “treat”)
    eggs
    fruit (to supplement what we grow)
    cereals – granola and raisin bran
    pasta
    tea and coffee
    sauces and seasonings – thai pad sauce, peanut sauce, soba soup base, sweet chili sauce, spices, etc.
    personal care items

    And I purchase in bulk our whole wheat, dried beans, rolled oats, corn meal, rice, sugar, and unbleached flour. It comes in large buckets from a regional distributor. We grind our own wheat and use it combined with unbleached flour to do most of our weekly baking.

  4. Cipollina says:

    We eat fresh sallads almost every day even in winter now from just a few plants tucked in here and there in the garden (or popping up by themselves, as it were…). The tomatoes are finished now, even the green ones, but there are a few peppers still, and various greens. A couple of days late (tradition says Day of the Dead), but I am just about to sow some favas. We also have edible weeds – among them is found sorrel, yarrow, sallad burnet, and a huge never-ending dandelion.

  5. Rhonda says:

    SPROUTS! My tiny garden is gone for the season but we are sprouting fools right now! We’ve got alfalfa, lentil, radish and broccoli going right now. Our kids love them. They’re the only kids in their class that took sprouts, homegrown beets and homemade yogurt for lunch today and they can’t wait to dig in!

    I bought a bunch of heirloom seeds from Freedomseeds and I can’t wait to get started on next year’s garden!

  6. Laura says:

    I am new to this whole idea, and am not producing as much of my own food as I would like yet (especially now that the summer garden is kaput), but my goal at the grocery store is to purchase only *food*. Hamburger Helper, canned soup, Lunchables, soda… these are not food. I purchase produce, and this is usually about half my cart. The rest is meat/fish (not much, since we’re flexitarians, but a small amount of organic/free-range/grass-fed), tofu, pasta, and dairy. Also flour, yeast, etc. if I’ve run out.

  7. Austin says:

    This summer, I got a good amount of salad, kale, peas, and herbs out of my balcony garden. This winter it’ll mostly be kale and chard. My homemade covered, raised bed on the balcony does wonders for yields, especially in colder weather.

  8. Kira says:

    We have a small plot at a community garden. This summer we got about 45 lb of zucchini from just one plant (bush type to save space). Zucchini went into everything – pancakes, muffins and frittatas. Right now we are still eating kale and Swiss Chard from our little plot, despite a number of frosts in Southwestern Ontario. Neither are things we would normally buy in the store, but we are finding good uses for them and eating better as a result. We have been making green smoothies with the kale, and making eggs poached on a bed of greens (among other things) with the Swiss Chard for breakfast. We were able to grow over 130 lb of food from our little plot including peas, cucumbers, eggplant, zucchini, beans, beets, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard and peppers. Our summer was unusually cool, so we did very poorly with the okra and eggplant.

    We try to minimize processed food, so the only things on our shopping list that would show up in the top 10 are milk and cheese. We gave up on bought bread and cold cereal a while back. I make our own granola.

  9. Angie Robinson says:

    We get produce from a CSA and it’s changed our diet dramatically. We eat a huge variety now. I just look in my box to see what I’ve got and make something. It’s forced me to learn to cook fresh food. We eat almost no processed food anymore. I consider that more of an industrial product than food and avoid it.

  10. Chookie says:

    Well, only 1,5,7 and 10 are REALLY bad 🙂

  11. isupereco says:

    haha.. man.. that’s awful. Of course, since it’s done by dollar value cigarettes and beer would naturally float closer to the top of the list, but that’s still pretty depressing. Most of our income spent at grocery stores is actually spent on things other than the food needed to sustain life. Compare that to African countries where they struggle just to buy rice.

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