I had the chance to chat recently with Gen X mom Sarah Krause about "produce staples," asking her views on how she and other moms determine what fruits and vegetables get on the weekly shopping list.
Besides being an occasional contributor to the Fresh Talk blog, Sarah is a University of Kansas grad, one-time member of The Packer staff and currently a freelance writer for The Packer and other publications. She and her husband have three kids and live in Kansas City.
10:02 a.m. Tom Karst: Sarah, thanks for joining us today with more thoughts from our "Gen X" mom!
10:03 a.m. Tom: We talked about "produce staples" as a topic to address. What are some items that you consider fruit and vegetable staples in your household?
10:05 a.m. Sarah: In our household, our most basic produce staples are: apples, grape tomatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli and Romaine lettuce. These are things we always have on hand. I fill them in with other "lesser" basics, such as bananas, green beans, cauliflower, potatoes.
10:06 a.m. I talked with other moms and they agreed and added garlic, potatoes, and bagged salad, too.
10:07 a.m. Tom: Pretty solid lists. But I see you rate apples ahead of bananas? How do you create your list? Based on kids' preference versus your own?
10:09 a.m. Sarah: Apples have staying power over bananas, which I have to replenish way too often! Also, there are so many varieties that all 5 of us can easily find an apple we love.
10:10 a.m. All of the moms, myself included, were driven by our kids. We pretty much stocked what we know they will eat! Anything to get your kids to eat produce!
10:11 a.m. That being said, one mom friend who doesn't like cherries (don't know how THAT is possible!) doesn't buy them much for her kids. So I guess we do consider our own taste, too.
Tom: I'm curious what items you consider "snack staples" versus "meal staples"
10:12 a.m. Sarah: For kids or myself?
Tom: For the kids
10:14 a.m. Sarah: Ok -- snack staples for them include fresh produce items like carrots, apples, bananas, berries (like strawberries and raspberries), red pepper strips for my daughter, and then I always have applesauce and prunes on hand, too.
It can change seasonally, though.