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May 3, 2018

From Carie's table

To the extreme

From Carie's table

By Carie Moore

As I purchased groceries yesterday, I chuckled and wondered if people would question the nutritional value of what is sitting on the belt waiting to be rung up. Even I have to admit it looks pretty extreme.

This is usually what my grocery purchases consist of this time of year:

  • Variety of fresh greens
  • Fruit Vegetables (fresh and frozen)
  • Case of eggs
  • Fresh deli meats
  • Turkey and chicken (ground and breasts)
  • Honey wheat flat bread
  • Almonds
  • Greek yogurt
  • Juice mix drink sticks
  • String cheese
  • Case of pop
  • Frozen pizzas
  • Cheddar brats
  • Hot dogs
  • Oatmeal cream pies, honey buns, doughnuts and brownies
  • Couple bags of chips
  • Frozen lasagna, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, corndogs, pizza rolls, and hot pockets
  • White bread
  • Processed cheese slices
  • Bologna
  • Other items from the hurry up and cook sections

When tractor time is here, quick meals or grab and go to the field lunches are the norm especially for the man of the house. The kids could have a supper that ranges from something I cook in the air fryer or the microwave to something in a plastic bag. I know those chips still came from potatoes a farmer grew, and sandwiches that some days seem endless came from a wheat farmer and meat and dairy producer. They still get a variety in their diet, even if it includes the drive through or a pizza stop, and that’s the important thing to me as a mom. These are all options for an incredibly busy season in our life. It’s not our everyday food choice, yet, I know during spring planting my kids aren’t going hungry and remain active.

Eating in the tractor

As a mom, a wife and a farmer, I’d rather feed my family what some consider a “poor choice” than not feed them at all.