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noordinaryspider wrote

First I'd reconceptualize that as $10 for the supermarket and $19 for the farmstand. If I lived in the city I'd say "produce section" instead of farmstand.

Depending on cooking equipment and facilities, I'd start with the $10 and get rice, flour, potatoes, legumes, etc. with that--something sustaining and nourishing that you can fill up on without worrying too much about running out. I'd do my very best to stay within budget but not beat myself up too much if I had to settle for $17 or $18 instead of the full $19 for the farmstand.

Okay, back in the car, drive, take deep breaths. I'd be polite but honest with the farmstand workers and try to time my trip to coincide with Market and when there would be a lot of leftovers that didn't sell. I'd crack a few jokes about how "Your chickens eat better than my kid!" but respect the farmstand's space and priorities.

If it was the produce section, I'd look at the "marked down for quick sale" bargain bin before even noticing what else was on sale or else check the dumpster first.

Cabbage and beets are usually more bang for the buck nutritionwise than designer hipster veggies. If the $29 was for just me for as long as possible, I'd take the "Meh. It's fuel for bodies, not entertainment" approach but if I were also responsible for small children, seniors, or romantic partner I'd probably say, "I'm not hungry." or "That looks stale." so I could get away with getting a dollar or fifty cents worth of some sort of treat or comfort food for my loved one.

This is assuming that the $29 didn't need to last longer than the produce would survive with the refrigeration/freezing devices that were available under the circumstances.

Obviously it wouldn't last anywhere near as long if you didn't have conventional (rental) housing and some knowledge of the area so this is just a general go-to idea. Meals are great if you do them, but I'm assuming crisis and "Can I have a food too if there is enough?" paradigm.