My girlfriend and I are doing our third summer in Vermont and this year we will both be working in the area and one of us will likely end up at a farm, making our food income immediately annexed. We also wanted to see if we could buy in bulk at the beginning of the summer to save money and I was wondering if anyone had any specific stores, or plans that incorporate food budgeting. I dont want to just buy a bunch of ingredients from Costco and I am looking for a kind bulk distributors. I know we could save a lot of money if we bought flour and cooking oil, but I was thinking about buying bulk meat from a farmer in my area as well. Any leads?
Often, I see ads on Craig's List from a local farmer that is selling whole/half hogs, or whole/half/quarter beef cows. You might contact your County Extension Agent, as s/he would likely know of local meat producers & dairies who would like to sell local. Check out local bee keepers, as many would love to put a hive on your land (in exchange for honey)! There is probably a local bee Assn, or the local college could offer help. Enjoy your summer, and eat well (and locally).