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.
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.
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:
Yay 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.
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 :
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?