Yesterday we broke our run of not buying food. It had been going really since late February of this year. So I guess we only made it 2 and 1/2 months. Two and a half months we went without buying food from anywhere or anybody. That’s pretty good. We don’t plan on really quitting and adding back a whole lot of grocery purchases. Really it’s just the grain that gives us a little problem. And that’s mainly the kids. The little kids really like oatmeal.
For example, my wife, oldest son and I will have ground pork, garlic and asparagus as a main meal frequently lately. The little kids don’t do as well with that. My youngest son likes fried eggs and dried yogurt so that’s good. And my daughter likes beef, roasts, and chicken. And they all like walnuts when they take the time to crack them. Strawberries, honeyberries and goumi are all abundant and the boys harvest and eat a lot of those. So really, it is just the oatmeal for my daughter, that and a little flour because she also likes this Mongolian meal called бантан. So that’s what I purchased – flour and oatmeal.
I had been planning to buy oatmeal. There’s an Amish store down the road a ways that sells 50 lb bags for around $30, but this time I just bought a few of the big Quaker Old Fashioned kind since I was at the grocery store. Maybe next year we’ll really stick it to the man and grow wheat and oats too. I bet we can do it. 11 years ago I read Gene Logsdon’s book about home grain production. We don’t need a whole lot. Maybe this year I’ll just keep track of exactly how much we need.
The real reason we broke our streak of not buying food isn’t actually the oatmeal it is because we’re entertaining city folks. We invited city folks to come pick strawberries and have a cook out. I felt like I had to buy cheese and a few beers. So that was the real impetus to my purchasing food from the grocery store for the first time in 2 1/2 months. But since I was breaking our streak, I figured I’d go ahead and get the grain. Maybe the new experiment is to see how much we spend on food from the grocery store, farmers market, restaurant or anything in a year.
We learned a lot in not buying food for the time that we did though. I bet we could have learned a lot more if we had kept going. Doing without things is always a very good teacher. I took some notes for the first 8 weeks. Maybe I’ll come back to them and write more about it. Right now though, I don’t have time. I should go set my beaver traps and clear the culvert. I don’t know if the weather will be conducive to swimming today but the water is always nicer when the beavers haven’t blocked the flow.