Everything about being a locavore can be summed up by The Jam:
1. Jam is (at least) twice as expensive at the farmers' market than it is at the grocery store.
2. Jam is (at least) twice as tasty at the farmers' market than it is from the grocery store.
3. Jam is (at least) twice as fresh at the farmers' market than it is at the grocery store.
This is the case with most foods we ate during the month. The food was more expensive by quite a bit, particularly the non-produce items such as the olive oils, jams, and almond butters. There were also significantly fewer choices since we were eating what was in season, within 100 miles. We went through 18 baskets of strawberries, at least a dozen zucchini, 15 cartons of almond milk, and a boatload of pears.
Despite the expense and the limited options, the experience was fantastic. We learned to make-do with whatever the farmers had to offer. We ate healthier by a long shot--nothing prepackaged or laden with preservatives. Best of all, the foods we ate were delicious, noticeably more tasty and more fresh than grocery store goods.
We even made our very own jar of jam during the month, a small batch strawberry jam that consisted of only two ingredients: strawberries and sugar. No high fructose corn syrup. No weird chemicals that you can't pronounce. Just plain old strawberries and sugar.
Yesterday, our locavore experiment ended, and we went off to the supermarket to get a few things that we had gone a month without: bananas, orange juice, macaroons. We passed right by the jam aisle, though, deciding that it is worth the few extra bucks to have simple jam that actually tastes like real fruit. Who would've known?