I'm fairly proud of this. We're officially "mostly" off the supermarket grid baby! Yeah!!!!! It's been a lot of work, but well worth it.
Yesterday I fiddled around in the garden and harvested some more vegetables that were ready to go into the freezer. I've been working for the past 7 years on building my two veggie gardens and getting the soil nice and balanced for an array of plants to thrive in. It's been a labor of love, but very much well worth it. We live in a high desert climate, so it's a very dry growing season and there are tons of rocks in the ground (much like Ireland). We used the tractor quite a bit when we first started our gardening project years ago, by stripping the planned areas down where we wanted the gardens to go, and then filling them back in with some nice new fertilized top soil. Craig and I invested in a big old used rototiller that we put to work every fall and spring cultivating the soil.
This year the neighbors asked me to take over their raised bed garden as well! I was honored, and of course said yes. I get a half share of the veggies grown in that garden as well. Yippee!!!
So that covers most of it. We've got veggies and fruits in the freezer, and meat and egg proteins available walking around on the farm. All that we've got left to cover is the dairy - but I've got a plan for that too. There are two very cute little Alpine nanny goats in the pasture that probably wouldn't mind sharing some of their milk and cheese.... (I can see that my next birthday present will most likely be a small hand-held milking machine...) Also, my dad has a colony of honey bees - so I like to bum some fresh honey off him every once in awhile too. It's awesome for honey-roasted ham, jerky (yeah, I make that too!) and also adding a spoonful to a cup of hot steaming Early Grey tea on a cold winter day.
Anymore, about the only thing that we go to the grocery store for is: toiletries, detergent, coffee and tea, Craig's crackers snacks, and a gallon of cow's milk.
We're making an attempt at being a healthier household that steers clear of the Monstanto goo that's floating around out there.