In this answer trying to explain what it meant that the Hab was designed for a 31-day mission Valorum points out the book says:
The surface mission was supposed to be thirty-one days. For redundancy, the supply probes had enough food to last the whole crew fifty-six days. That way if one or two probes had problems, we’d still have enough food to complete the mission.
Ok. 31-day mission, 56 days of food in a bunch of supply probes. Got it.
But given how valuable time is on the surface of Mars, and what a pain in the neck it is to carry crates of crap around on Mars while wearing their suits and going in and out of the airlocks, why did the crew drag all 51 days of food back into the Hab instead of stopping after getting their 31 days? Or maybe 32 or 33, in case anyone got extra hungry after a meal or two?
(Extra credit: So ... in the movie, where were those landed supply ships anyway? The crew surely didn't bury them like it did the RTG. If they're all out of sight from the Hab, well ... they really didn't want to drag 51 days of food back to the Hab.)