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Where to buy (good) food on a budget?

cmm3 | Mar 12, 2011 12:13 AM

Hi, I am trying to incorporate a better diet. Currently I live on all carbs.

Where can I get the best value in Boston/Cambridge (without a car) area for meats, produce and/or vegetables/fruits/greens?

I have been looking into CSA shares but I am not sure how much I need (and I have a regular size freezer, and I worry that I won't have enough space). Also, I prefer to know what I am getting, to some extent...

The food does not need to be organic, but I would prefer certain things organic (e.g. milk, butter, chicken breast). I hope that the food would be at least "natural" quality (or similar... I know a lot of it is marketing).

We have flexible schedules and can commute on the T to find what we need.

If possible, I would like to spend under $300 a month for all food purchases. The lower, the better.

I do have a lot of space to store food that does not need to be refrigerated or frozen... I *can* purchase another freezer if necessary (I would thoughtfully consider this if I need a large CSA share). But I would prefer not to have to purchase a freezer.

My plan is to take 3-6 hours every 5 days to cook food, to last those five days (whether I need to freeze it, refrigerate it, or whatever, that's fine). So I am looking to buy meats (chicken and red meat), produce (milk, some cheeses, eggs) and vegetables/fruits that will allow for this. I am open to all suggestions on foods to make (on the list is pesto for pasta and salad, meatballs and sauce, stews/soups and salads that won't go bad after a day or two).

I am very new to this type of cooking/lifestyle so I appreciate all the help you will graciously offer!

Thank you.

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