Spend just $35 for local, organic ingredients for five meals

Posted Monday, April 30th 2012 at 4:55pm

Far too often I hear people say “it’s too expensive to buy local/organic food.” I agree, it’s definitely not cheap and it's not a feasible option for everybody. But, what if I told you there's a way to shop for local, organic and seasonal ingredients to prepare five healthy meals for just $35 a person?

The way I see it, and you may not agree, it's either spend a few extra dollars to eat healthy/ well now or go broke anyway paying off medical bills later on. Yes, I'm lucky that I can afford the luxury of investing in organic/local produce (lots of times at the sacrifice of new shoes I don't need or that daily $4 latte) but I know not everyone can say the same. Note: I’m not here to get on a soapbox about what I think is better or worse for you, I am just here to present an opportunity to you so here it is:

At no cost to you, The Turnip Truck Urban Fare in The Gulch is offering classes that are free and open to the public. The classes focus on shopping for and preparing healthy meals on a budget. The Turnip Truck’s prepared foods manager, Molly Martin, will educate us on how to shop locally, seasonally and still stay within a limited budget. $35 for five meals for each person is great. That's how much it breaks down to at the grocery each week anyway and my groceries aren't always all local or organic.

Ms. Martin’s been with The Turnip Truck Urban Fare since it opened its doors in 2010. She also headed up local restaurant Tayst’s green program, that helped them receive a three-star rating from the Green Restaurant Association - she knows her stuff, and she’s going to share what she knows with you for free!

So not only will you leave knowing how to create five delicious meals on a budget, you will also receive a 10% discount on groceries you purchase during the class AND, and, a $5 gift card towards groceries for the next time you’re there to shop.

The first class is on Thursday, May 10th at 6pm followed by another on Saturday, May 12th at 10:00 a.m. Because the classes are free and space is limited it’s best if you register in advance and I’ll have the contact information at the end of this post.

Upcoming topics (and dates) are:

- Shopping and Eating Gluten-Free - Thursday, June 14th at 6:00 p.m. & Saturday June 16th at 10:00 a.m.

- Good Digestive Health - Thursday July 12th at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday July 14th at 10:00 a.m.*

Register soon so you don’t miss your spot! Find out more about The Turnip Truck at TheTurnipTruck.com.

What: How to Buy & Cook Five Local, Organic & Seasonal Meals for $35 per person
When: Thursday 5/10 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 5/12 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: The Turnip Truck Urban Fare in The Gulch
Register/More information:
kathryn {at} theturniptruck {dot} com

Big ups to Yelp Nashville for sponsoring the classes! Oh, if you’re a Yelp! member, you’re eligible to win a $100 gift card to the store. Details on that here.



Tabitha owns a boutique social media company that serves local businesses in Nashville. She is also an avid eater of food and lifestyle blogger. You can find her recipes and favorite things on her personal blog, Life à la Mode. The views expressed on Her à la Mode are not necessarily those of Southcomm or its publications.

Shop and eat local for a lot less than you think it costs!


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I'm a vegetarian and I've been one for the past 5 years. I'm tired of my friends always saying that having a vegetarian diet is expensive. i buy most of my groceries from the local farmers market or http://www.buymerchant.com/. This article is going to help some people understand how easy and cheap it can be to eat healthy food.

I have a family of four with two girls, ages 5 and almost 2. We need to keep grocery budget around 100/week. We like to buy organic fruits, like the ones from http://store.isons.com/berry-plants veggies, and milk. How do you do it? How do you manage to find great organic ingredients on a budget? Examples and lists are all helpful.

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So i'm eligible to win a $100 gift card to the store, thanks for this info!

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