CSA box week 12

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week 12

 

Another killer box from my farmer.  Beets and onions went into the stock pile.  Tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno peppers and onion became fresh salsa which I put on beans, rice and topped with avocado.  The blueberries I was so excited for!  The last time blueberries were in the box I gave that box away because I was on vacation.  They were delish!  I’m always so sad when blueberry season ends, it’s a long wait until they are available again.  Luckily for me I bought 30 pounds of frozen blueberries to get me through the winter.  I had already stocked up on raspberries and bananas and wasn’t sure I could fit it all into my freezer at once.  It wasn’t easy, but eventually it all fit.

packaging up for smoothies.  2 cups per bag

packaging up for smoothies.

My freezer from last month:  40 lbs bananas, 30 lbs blueberries and 10 lbs raspberries

My freezer from last month: 40 lbs bananas, 30 lbs blueberries and 10 lbs raspberries

Back to the CSA box, butter lettuce was such a nice change from the endless red leaf lettuce.  I made lettuce, tomato, sweet onion, avocado sandwiches with gluten free Portuguese buns from the farmers market.  It’s been about 7 years since I’ve sandwich in a bun, gluten-free baked goods have come a long way.  Next week I think I’ll buy some more.  More carrots, some of these I juiced, the rest went into stir fries.  Finally there was kale.  I actually didn’t know what it was!  I thought it might have been some sort of collard, but it’s flat leaf kale.  It seems all I ever see in the stores is curly leaf kale, I figured that just how all kale was.  I chucked it all into my morning smoothie.

Eating on the Cheap

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This is so well timed.  The month of September is Vegan Month of Food and Eco-Vegan Gal is doing a video series on how to be vegan on a budget.  (edit: try as I might to only upload the first video in the series, YouTube keeps changing it to a playlist.  It is showing the most recent video uploaded in the series).  Now let’s be honest, my food budget can be stupid, and it needs to be kept in check.  How much do I spend on food a month?  I have no idea, it could be $200 it could be $500 who the hell knows?  I eat primarily vegan, mostly raw low fat, mostly organic and 100% gluten free.  Essentially, I eat an expensive diet.  I’ve been trying to earn more money, but it’s not really working.  Maybe what I really need to do is spend less.

 

September first I’m changing my diet a bit and see just how cheaply I can eat.  This is what I bought for under $26.00:

IMG_0516Yay for the clearance section!  I got the apples, oranges and cookies 50% off. I’m thinking of making a big pot of chilli and a ton of beans and rice.  I also bought a bag of dried black beans, I have never made beans that weren’t crunchy, but I will figure it out.  It’s so much cheaper to buy dried beans, plus they have less crap on them.   Plus I have the CSA stockpile of potatoes, onions and beets to eat.

Self Sustainability

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After a couple hours spent in the my garden I was relaxing on the patio reading green-themed blogs. I found myself down a rabbit hole reading about stockpiling food. The blogger was living off the grid and had purchased this product :Emergency Survival Food Supply 275 Meal Pack

275 servings of dehydrated food. The user reviews on this product are very entertaining.  It sounds like there are a lot of people who are stockpiling food and they are very worried about the future.

 

It got me thinking about what I would do if I had to feed myself for a long stretch of time.  In my mind I’m in an episode of The Walking Dead.  I’ve fought my way into an abandoned grocery store and I head straight for the produce section and all the produce has long since rotted away.  I go to the canned foods section, but I don’t like canned veggies and the Alphagetti isn’t gluten-free.  Would I have to give up my vegetarian/vegan ways to survive?

 

Aside from dehydrating and freezing fruit, I’m a total failure in the food stockpiling department.  I cannot cook beans from dried to save my life.  I am a vegan failure! Looking around my garden I’ve got strawberries, raspberries, peas, zucchini, swiss chard, kale and lettuce growing in small quantities.  I could do a bit of scavenging, but I’d be a goner by the end of the week!

 

Am I alone in this?  Unless you live on property, we are so dependent on the food producers.  Although in theory it’s a green idea to be self sustaining, is it practical? Is it eco-friendly to hoard 20 years worth of food just in case?