Wednesday

Food Prices?

It's not news and I'm not alone in warning you to stock up as much as you practically can. The drought is driving up food prices already. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Learn.

This is the year to learn to can and dehydrate. It's time to learn to shop the sales efficiently. Learn to use a price book. Learn to look in other places besides the grocery store for food. Learn to glean; to take advantage of free food; to use that food; to cook from scratch.

Learn where to get farm fresh eggs and how to forage for wild food. Learn to shop at farmer's markets and salvage stores.

When (if) things get back to normal, you'll be far ahead of the game.

Don't just think about it. Do it.

4 comments:

  1. The skill I'm most interested in learning right now is how to save (non-hybrid) garden seeds for future gardens. I've saved a few green bean seeds, and I'll be excited to watch them next year. I've always saved marigold seeds, but I'd like to learn how to do more practical food seeds. Do you know of any good website resources?

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  2. Stacie, seed saving is very important, in my opinion. Here is one site that explains a lot:
    http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/saving-seeds-for-next-season?page=0,0

    Then take a look here: http://www.seedsave.org/issi/issi_904.html You can probably start with #4.

    There are about three basic rules of seed saving. One is that there are some plants that cross with others so you have to know which ones and how to stop that. The second is that saving seed from fleshy vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes is different from saving seed from say, beans or peas.
    Third, timing is everything. Don't pick the seed until it's mature, but don't leave it past then because the seed pod may shatter.

    There is a lot of information on the web; just Google "saving seeds" and you'll find it. Good luck!

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  3. Those were both very helpful sites, thanks! I've bookmarked them for reference, and I'll be experimenting with saving more seeds very soon. Since I only planted one variety of pepper this year, I'll probably be okay saving those seeds. I planted hybrid tomatoes (Better Boy), so I don't think I'll bother with those. Oh, I'm getting so excited about it already!

    If we stay in our current house, I'm planning to buy a couple of apricot trees and a pear tree. Planting "perennial" type food is also priority for me. (And if I get those apricot trees planted, I'll be putting a food dehydrator on my Christmas wish list! I dried some figs in my oven recently, but it seemed like a waste of energy to me. We live in a humid climate that isn't very conducive to a solar drier.)

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  4. Besides saving money and ensuring that you have a supply of viable seeds on hand, saving seeds can be downright fun!

    I agree about wasting energy by dehydrating with a kitchen stove. An oven takes a lot of energy anyway. Fruit trees are a great addition to your food supply!

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