(I wrote this article years ago – it’s the number 1 post on this site during these Winter days and worth another repost)
How often do you go food shopping for your family? Once a week? Do you stop by the store a few times a week?
Here’s how we get our groceries for the week (or two or three) here in our Valley. Come on along with me for a shopping trip.
And I can’t forget to bring back the recyclable glass containers from the kitchen pantry.
Instead of taking the car and driving to the grocery store, I’ll go down the stairs to the cold room.
OK, we’ll definitely need some veggies so let’s get some beans for starters.
And some carrots, we love carrots!
We keep them in a pail of dirt and we trim the greens off low. Every now and then, we mist the dirt to keep it a bit moist. We could also use sand.
Look how nice they still look. They are firm and they taste fresh and very sweet.
When I pulled the potatoes out of the garden, I sorted them right there in the field.
All our potatoes to be used as seed in 2010 are sitting in separate bags on shelves in the cold room.
Keep your onions in a different room – they don’t get along too well with some other veggies in storage.
Now that my bags are full, it’s time to head back upstairs and put the groceries away.
See the nice large chicken on the left? I pulled him out of the freezer.
1 pint canned carrots to use in stew or soup
2 pints canned beets
about 5 lbs potatoes
2 quarts applesauce
2 pints Saskatoon berries
1 small jar Zuccini Butter (for on toast)
To have some goodies when company comes over for beers or a glass of wine:
2 jars red salsa and 1 jar green salsa
1 jar pickled garlic scapes and 1 pint pickled beets
More food for meals for us:
2 pints tomato sauce
1 pint pizza sauce
1 jar smoked trout
1 jar salmon
1 dozen eggs
1 quart pea soup
1 more dozen eggs
a good whack of garlic
a bunch of onions
Add to the above the fresh goat milk that we get from one of our Valley friends and that should do us for at least a week. There is no need to go to town.
And if I need to get more groceries, I’ll just go back downstairs to our cold room.
The bonus for us is that, by Growing what we Eat, we Know what we Eat!
Healthy, Nutritious, Organic and Very Inexpensive!
(By the way, I took these pictures the last week in December.)