I keep a large pantry of staples that I have gotten at good prices so that I usually don't have to buy these items at retail. This, coupled with our garden and my sale shopping for perishables (we basically eat what's on sale and the best value) keeps us going.
"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."
Oh! That gave me another idea. Have you all heard of Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA Farming? You pay up front for a "share" in a local farm's produce, and during the season get a basket of fresh locally grown produce throughout the season! It helps the farmer out by giving them the money to buy seeds and other stuff during the non-harvest season. I am so glad we did it this year especially because of the rising costs of produce. I think that is because of the gas prices, so the CSA farming won't have that problem. Plus it supports local agriculture! :)
We go back north in about 3 weeks so I am avoiding the grocery stores. But today the produce man came to our resort and I just can't pass up nice fresh produce. Got half flat fresh strawberries, cantaloupe, baby watermelon, bananas, 4 Bartlett pears, romaine, tomatoes, green peppers, and fresh sweet corn that just came into season. At least the foods in the freezers are dwindling down, but my refrigerator is always full. Just cooked 1 lb. lentils this morn and will use lots of them. No wonder I spend so much time in the kitchen!!!
March's hydro bill was much higher than anticipated and I had no choice but to eat out of the freezer and the pantry all month long and not replenish anything until March 31. Well, I'm almost out of my nut milks so I'll have to buy another couple of cases at $24.00 each and I definitely need to restock my canned beans (for convenience only... I have lots of dried beans) and tomatoes, but I still have rice and pasta in the pantry, so I think I will only buy what I absolutely cannot live without and then continue my clear out.
My partner and I are buying a house together this summer and continuing to eat the stores I have here can only be a good idea.
Anyone else do this from time to time?
Vibeke ~ Health nut, green mama, plant eater, raw food enthusiast, reformed wino, environmentalist, compulsive recipe collector and lover of tattoos.
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