I haven’t been around much for several days. I work Wednesdays mornings and since I went to a food auction on Tuesday I have been spending the rest of my time chopping, cooking, freezing, and dehydrating.
Here’s what I got –
12 yellow summer squash – $1.00
3 long neck pumpkins – $3.00
1 cantaloupe – $0.60
4 dozen brown eggs, many tiny – $0.45 x 4 – $1.80
15# rainier cherries – $6.50
40# organic bananas – $8.00
7 bunches organic carrots – $4.00
15 dozen fresh brown eggs medium/large free range – $15.00
2 – 5# bags baby carrots – $7.00
2 – 3# bags organic granny smith apples – $2.00
12 – 3# bags organic granny smith apples – $7.50
4 pints organic grape tomatoes – $3.00
12 – 2# bags organic onions – $7.00
6 containers organic spinach w/ blueberries, quinoa and balsamic – $4.50
13# heirloom tomatoes – $4.00
TOTAL Spent – $77.15 (includes a $2.25 fee since I didn’t have enough cash and paid with my bank card)
Here’s what I have done with it so far –
Gave some to a friend.
My sister bought some off me.
6# bananas quartered for smoothies
16.5 cups banana puree, frozen for baking
Dried about 2 pounds bananas
Have some for eating
marinated some squash for the grill
made stewed tomatoes and yellow squash
making pumpkin butter with the pumpkin
using the eggs for eating
froze an egg strata
made mini spinach and onion quiche to freeze
cherries – froze 8 cups for baking
– froze 1# for smoothies
– made 2# for dessert
– dried approximately 2#
apples – will make apple sauce and apple butter
– drying apples
grape tomatoes – dried 2 pints
– 2 pints for eating
Onions – chopping and freezing some
– french onion soup – several batches to freeze
Heirloom tomatoes – tomato sauce to freeze – 4 quarts
I also bought blueberries elsewhere and dried and froze them.
I still have lots of work to do – the apples and pumpkin are sitting in my dining room still. Tomorrow is another fun day.
If you want to check out a food auction now is the time to do so. With summer harvest’s creating an overload of fresh produce there are so many great deals to be had and prices tend to stay a bit lower in the auction.
We go to Root’s Market in Manheim, PA. Their auction starts at 1 PM.
Some tips –
Wear comfortable clothes – summer it’s warm, winter it’s chilly.
Take something to eat and drink. You will be there a few hours and aren’t going to want to get up in case you miss a deal.
Try to go ahead of time and check out prices in the market. Sometimes they are cheaper there than what gets driven up at auction.
Take grocery bags to put food in.
Take coolers with ice and have LOTS of space in your vehicle.
Taking kids? take activities – portable DVD player, coloring books, small toys, snacks.
Have fun! If you go, let me know what you thought.