I love couponing so much, I decided to become a teacher for Grocery Smarts.
I teach free classes and show you how to get everything you need at the grocery store and still leave $$$ in your pocket. I'll also teach you the best ways to get and organize your coupons. The best part of the class is when I show you how to match your current coupons up with the current local sales - getting the most bang for your buck!
April 30, 2009
A CSA is a partnership - between us and you, the
consumer. CSA members pledge support to a local
farm operation so that growers and consumers
provide mutual support, sharing the risks and
benefits of food production.
The farmer benefits by knowing in advance how
much food to grow, which reduces waste, costs and
time. An upfront payment in the spring will help the
farmer when most needed. The farmer in return
provides, to the best of it’s ability, a healthy supply
of of seasonal fresh produce throughout the
Members receive a weekly share of the farm’s
harvest. They also receive only the freshest produce
for the best value. Members of CSA’s also enjoy the
satisfaction of knowing the methods used to grow
their food and that they are supporting their local
Members purchase “farm shares” in the spring.
during the harvest, the food is delivered weekly to a
location within the community to be picked up by the
About our 2009 CSA Program
Our program this year will be 18 weeks. We will start
late June and run through October. (Weather
permitting it could be earlier or later) Members will
receive a weekly assortment of produce and fruits that
are ready for harvest throughout the season.We will be
using other local growers we know and trust for some
of these items. To ensure the best quality possible, the
produce will be harvested the same morning as
Monthly special events
This is the exciting part! We will offer monthly special
events held at Black Island Farms. They will include,
but are not limited to:
Work days- come help transplant cabbage or work a
Educational seminars, concerts, or magic show. Each
will be hosted in our pole barn with, cow train rides,
pumpkin bounce house, farm animals, and hay rides
through out the farm. A dutch oven dinner will be
offered at an additional fee.
How to become a member
Read and sign the application on the back of this
brochure and return, along with payment. As soon as
your payment is recorded, you will get an e-mail
notifying you that your account has been activated,
and give you more information about your first
What do we offer?
Ornamental red peppers, Dwarf Sum
And a opportunity to purchase additional
tomatoes for canning.
Roasted Chili Peppers
25# Bag Storage Carrots
25# Bag Storage Onions
25# Bag Storage Potatoes
Fall Decoration Package:
Mini straw bale, corn stalks, assorted
pumpkins and gourds.
Family Pass To Black Island Farms Harvest Festival for
up to 6 people. Opportunity to purchase tickets for
Monthly Special Events
2009 Black Island Farms CSA Sign Up Sheet
Daytime Phone __________________ Evening Phone
Half Share $200 ______ Full Share $400______
A letter with the exact address and start dates will be
mailed out at a later date. Please
choose from one of the following approximate pick up
locations: (Check One)
(We are looking for volunteers for each pickup site.
Volunteers will be compensated.)
Tuesday (Pickup after 4:00 p.m.)
____Woods Cross ____Centerville ____South Ogden
____ 12th 14th E Ogden ____Syracuse
Thursday (Pickup after 4:00 p.m.)
___Avenues ___1700 S & 1700 E ___3900 S & 3200 E
___3500 S & 850 E ___West Jordan ___Parleys Way
___9th S and 10th East
Friday & Saturday Special events: Special events will
be announced in the newsletter, along with sign up
We cannot be responsible for missed pickups.
Arrangements can be made to double your full or half
share for the following week with at least one-day
Any questions or comments please feel free to give us a
call.: Dorathy Law: 540-7932 Brandon Law: 940-2817
Please fill out the above form and mail along with
Black Island Farms
P.O. Box 100
Layton, Utah 84040
April 28, 2009
April 26, 2009
April 24, 2009
Having said that - I hit the jackpot today! My jaw just about dropped to the floor when the Albertson's cashier told me how much I just saved. Here's what I got (you'll have to wait to see how much I saved.....)
19 boxes of General Mills cereal
5 Betty Crocker cookie mixes
2 boxes of Bagelfuls
6 boxes of Betty Crocker fruit snacks
1 can of Pam (I should have purchased this in purchase #2 below)
1 pkg of Chips Ahoy cookies
4 boxes of Fiber One toaster pastries
3 cups of mini Chips Ahoy cookies
1 8pk of Coke (it's in the next picture)
Because I had so many boxes of cereal and nothing else would fit in the cart, I paid for this and took it to my car and came back in for more. In total I paid $49.46 and saved $111.68. If you're familiar with this sale you'll know that for every $10 you spend on Kraft items, you save $4 at the register. I saved $32 plus all my coupons.
1 box Ritz crackers
6 boxes Orville Redenbacher popcorn
3, 4pks of Hunts pudding
10 Marie Callendars pot pies
5 Frozen Healthy Choice meals
2 bottles Hunts Ketchup
2 boxes of Betty Crocker Stickerz (these should have been purchased with purchase #1 above)
2 bags David's Sunflower seeds
As you can see, I made a few mistakes in the sales - that's another reason I don't like bringing my kids. I get easily distracted. My second purchase was $45.12 and I saved $63.39. I also earned $10 towards my next shopping trip. In total I spent $94.58 and saved $175.37. I walked out with a little spring in my step and a smile on my face.
I had a few extra coupons especially for the ConAgra sale. If you receive the Salt Lake papers, there was an insert for Smith's a few weeks back. These were manufacturer's coupons and a lot of them were on this weeks Albertson's sale. Also, if you happened to pick up the May edition of All You magazine from WalMart, there were a few coupons in there as well (it's not too late to get one from WalMart).
April 21, 2009
If you haven't checked out the lists yet - here's a link to PYP and Grocery Smarts.
Happy shopping - if you get some great deals, I'd love to hear about it or send me some pictures and we'll brag about it!
April 20, 2009
After you watch it, I would love your feedback - What do you think?
I'm definately no expert at co-op's, but the last post seemed to generate a lot of interest. So I thought I would post some resources for Utah co-op's.
1899 S Redwood Rd, A4
Salt Lake City, Utah
*has many different food pick up locations (Ogden to Provo)
Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op
*follow the directions in the previous post
If you don't see a convenient location - it's definately worth contacting the website to see what you can do about getting one where you live. I know the people from Bountiful Baskets (the one I tried) said that they are opening up new locations depending on the demand.
April 18, 2009
(quick explanation of what a co-op is: It's a group of people who choose to purchase food as a group to save money)
This was everything I got, below are some closer pictures.
2 bags of green grapes
1 lb of strawberries
1bunch of bananas + 2 extra (I love them green, so they last longer)
1 pineapple (a little green so I can let it sit for a few days while we work on the other fruits and veggies)
8 Fuji and pink lady apples
2 large cucumbers
2 bunches of broccoli
3 heads of Romaine lettuce (I will need to use these fast - they won't last very long)
3 yellow squash
8 red potatoes
So here are the details - I am so glad I did this. I've been wanting to try out a co-op for a long time. I will definatley do this again, until my garden grows.
I went to http://www.bountifulbaskets.org/. Once there, the site is a little confusing - they mostly serve Arizona right now and are just opening up in Utah. (A little background: the people who provide the produce also deliver to restaurants so they are selling restaurant grade produce)
Look down the left hand column until you find Co-op Offerings.
Click on the picture and it will take you to another page where you choose your pick-up location, and what you'd like to order.
Submit that information with your credit card number and print your confirmation page (also good to bring with you in case they ask you for it)
Here's a couple of additional things to note:
1- This co-op is only every other week. So the next delivery will be on May 2nd.
2 - On May 2nd, they will open another site in Roy, Utah (North Park - I can give you directions if you need - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment). Currently they only have 3 sites, Brigham City, Clearfield and Roy (next time).
3 - You are not committed to anything, if you want to participate, you sign up each week.
4 - The first time you participate you are charged and additional $3.00 for the baskets they use to seperate the orders for everyone - these baskets are not to keep, they are for the organizers of the co-op to use each time.
5 - I also paid a $1.50 handling fee and I'm not sure if that is everytime or not.
6 - I paid $15.00 for the produce I picked up (with the addition of the basket charge and handling fee, $19.50 total)
7 - I had the option to also purchase a 40lb box of Washington Pink Lady apples, an Italian Food pack (which was more veggies - I saw mushrooms, but didn't see what else this package had), a 5 pack of Honey Wheat Sandwich bread, a 3 pack of Raisin Cinnamon Round loafs, and a 4 pack of European Rye Oval loafs.
8- I was also told not to be late. Even if you've paid, they will leave if you don't show up on time. Arriving early definatley had it's advantages of being one of the first to pick and being allowed to get a few extra's. It's purely volunteer and some had been there since 5:00 am setting up. My pickup was at 7:00 am.
Each week will bring new and different produce. You never know what you will get and how much - I guess that's why it's fun. I get to try new things or things I would not have picked up at the store.
I hope you found the details of my experience helpful. I had always wondered how these got put together and now I know. Hopefully I'll see you there next time!
April 16, 2009
1 8 pk of Coke
1 loaf of Country Oven bread
5 bottles of Softsoap (these were $.64 each w/coupons from SS 3/29 - expires 4/18/09)
2 bottles of Kroger Alcohol
1 bottle of Kroger Hydrogen Peroxide
1 gallon of Minute Maid orange juice
1 box Kellogs Apple Jacks (each box of Kellogs cereal was $.68 w/coupons from RP 4/5 - expires 5/17/09)
1 box Kellogs Pops ($.68)
1 box Kellogs Fruit Loops (.$68)
4 bottles Suave shampoo/conditioner (3 bottles were $.30 each w/coupon from RP 3/1 and one bottle was $.88 - expires 5/24/09)
10 cups of Yoplait yogurt
6 Totino's pizzas
5 Grill Mates seasonings (FREE w/coupon RP 3/15 -expires 5/31/09)
1 head of broccoli
1 box Kellogs Raisin Bran Crunch ($.68)1 box Kellogs Special K blueberry ($.68)
1 bunch of bananas
2 bags Don Julio corn chips
1 Pillsbury cresent rolls
1 bag of grapes
I paid $48.14 and saved $22.14 (that's 45%). I purchased 48 items, so that was about $1.00 per item. For not having gone shopping in a while - this was a pretty good trip to the store.
Want to share your great deals? Email me at email@example.com and I'll post it!
*** Stay tuned, I signed up with a co-op and am getting my first delivery of fruits and vegetables on Saturday morning. I will post pictures and details when I get it. ***
Check out "In the Trenches of Mommyhood." Tonya found the information she was looking for on this blog. Tonya ended up printing her blog and was very happy with the results!
So for all of you that are interested, the deal gets even better. Check out "In the Trenches of Mommyhood" for all the sweet deals she's offering as well a chance to win a Target gift card.
Thanks Tonya - this is a great deal, especially for everyone wanting to preserve all their hard work they've put into their blog!
April 15, 2009
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Thanks Tracie for the great link!
If you're interested, here are a few details:
This is 10 oz or larger Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast for $1.39 lb.(These are not injected with water or broth before freezing like most chicken breasts. So they won't shrink to half size when you cook them. You get true weight.)They are packaged in 4 – 10 lb bags per case. (40 lbs per case.)That will be $55.60 a case, plus 6% Idaho Tax = $58.94 a caseOrder deadline: April 15th.Delivery is April 20th evening in Lehi, Ut and April 21st morning in Preston, Id. (Other drop off locations can be added of 10 cases or more)(To store: refreeze in smaller qualities: Thaw out, place individually on non-stick lined cookie sheets, freeze, and put into freezer bags. Or can with chicken broth.)
Current Local Retail pricing (As of April 3rd, 2009):
April 1, 2009
1- The store will be packed!
2 - It will be hard to find a parking spot
3 - Grocery carts will be hard to find - if you see one in the parking lot - snag it.
4 - Please bring your patience.....the lines will be long
5 - The lady at the customer service desk also advised getting there at 5:45 am.
With these things in mind, here are some great deals!
Golden Ripe Dole Bananas 3lb/$.99 per lb
WF 24 Pack Drinking Water $2.88
Quart Strawberries $.99
Family Pack Boneless Extra Lean Beef Stew Meat $2.49/lb
Meadow Gold Fudge or Orange Dream Bars 4/$5.00
8-9.5oz Cheetos, Crunchy Cheetos, or Fritos Corn Chips 3/$5.00
Family Pack Bone in Pork Shoulder Roast $.99/lb
White or Wheat Farm Bread 24oz 4/$5.00
C&B Maddox Turkey Steaks $7.99
WF 15 Roll Towels or 36 Roll Bath Tissue $6.77
Asst Tony's Pizza's 6/$10.00
Rogers One Dozen Large Eggs $.99
Boneless Beef Whole Rump Roast $1.89/lb
Assorted Armour Sizzle 'n' Serve Sausage $.79
Kent's Bakery One Dozen Asst Jumbo Muffins $3.99
Family Pack Boneless Beef Swiss Steaks $2.29/lb
10lb Bag Extra Extra Extra Diet Lean Ground Beef $1.99/lb
6oz Asst Meadow Gold Yogurt 3/$1.00
Kent's Deli Black Forest Ham $2.99/lb
Nabisco Asst Oreos 2/$5.00
One Dozen Fresh Glazed Donuts $2.49
WF 2lb Medium Cheddar Cheese $3.99
Kent's Deli Honey Roasted Turkey Breast $2.99/lb
Asst 24oz Don Julio Tortilla Chips $1.79
Armour 2.6oz Asst Lunch Makers $.79
Family Pack Bone in Pork Shoulder Steaks $1.29/lb
Farr's Asst 1 Gal Ice Cream $4.99
Cow 16oz Butter Quarters 2/$3.00
Kent's Deli Italian Roast Beef $3.99/lb
Boneless Beef Rump Roast $1.99/lb
Kent's Deli 5lb Bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese $10.99 each
20lb Box Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Tenders $35.80
Pepsi Asst 6 Pack 24oz Bottles 4/$10.00
(I went to this sale last year and while I was working my way through the store, they were marking things down even further than the published price).
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