I can't say when the sight of my pantry full of food started to make me feel richer than money in the bank. It was a process of unlearning all the things that my society told me.
Sharon Astyk, Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation
I can relate to this. Not only in terms of a sense of security in case times get tough or a natural disaster strikes, but also in the sense that I am able to help more folks with food from my storage, than I could buy for or donate money to at any given time. This has in fact happened. I have been able to give a week's worth of groceries to friends and family in need, when I never could have afforded to buy that much for them.
Just like with saving money, a little here and a little there adds up in the end. But while saving money seems out of fashion these days, the Independence Days Challenge is heartening in that more and more folks seem to be interested in having well stocked pantries once again. Obviously, myself included.
Here's the little bit I did this past week:
1. Plant something –
- replacement Junebearing strawberry plants
- tomato seedlings
- sweet pepper seedlings
- sweet basil seedlings
- butterfly flower (weed)
2. Harvest something -
- wild onions
4. Waste Not–
- mulching with leaves and cardboard
- line drying clothes
- Stocked up on canned items: mushrooms, mandarin oranges, & chicken
- Bought an extra can each of black olives & tuna fish
- Bought a rhubarb plant. Not sure where I'll put it yet!
- Same ol' same ol', just blogging about it
- Fresh broccoli and dried cranberry salad with poppy seed dressing. Very tasty!
- Opened the last jars of strawberry jam and tomato sauce (for pizza, always for pizza)
- Finally tried my lacto-fremented turnips. Delicious!
- I have 5 lbs of organic raisins in storage so I made sourdough raisin muffins. Trouble is, DH isn't all that crazy about raisins. The muffins were really tasty, but it looks like I'm going to have to find something else to do with them! Does anyone have a good recipe for raisin pie?