I’m not feeling all warm and fuzzy about this year’s harvest. The USDA just declared a disaster 26 states because of drought and they are never ahead of the power curve but always playing catch up. I have quite a few folks on my blogroll that had a terrible time of it last year just getting feed for the critters. Driving 500-1000 miles just get some hay if they could afford the gas or putting down animals early to prevent any suffering.
Idaho is having a problem with a new disease that is making out taters unattractive but not affecting the taste or food quality. But this state sells most taters for french fries, hash browns and potato chips and most folks won’t pay or eat potatoes with black or brown spots on them. Still a small problem but it does have folks concerned. The heat is lasting a bit longer than is good for our wheat crop so we may see a fall off in production. I ‘ve not heard of any problems with the fruit orchards and I know my own little apple tree looks to be doing well and my walnut tree is growing like mad and has nice size nuts already formed. The grapes are growing like mad and I have plenty of leaves but we still have a while to see how the fruit turns out.
I think it is a good time to lay in a few more long term food supplies. I’m doing good on rice but I feel a need for more flour, beans, sugar, oils/fats and yeast. I’m looking at getting some more whole grains because I think with my little power pak I’ll get next week, I will be able to grind using power and not muscle energy.
I’ve seen some great buys on meat and I’d like to add some more to the freezer. You don’t often see wild caught salmon for only $2.00 a pound at Albertson’s grocery stores. I found out my local Winco stores honey is actually local honey from here in the valley. While there seems to have been a quality drop in my local Winco’s meat and produce, they still have good value on bulk goods. I’m cheap, but I’d rather go without or pay extra for good quality meats and fresh veggies.
I focused on getting some junk silver this last month. But this month it feels like food should be the focus! I’m still getting the little water barrel and power pak. I’m still going to get the little backup propane water heater next month as well as some tanks. Perhaps because the food prices have come down quite a bit since earlier and it seems to me the best place to get the most bang for your buck.
I wish I could explain it better or that it’s more than “women’s intuition” but I can’t really say it’s more than a gut feeling like my 4 month gut check. So far even if I’m wrong it usually works out for getting the best price on stuff as well as getting food stashed away for the long term.
Use logic on what you store but also trust your gut feeling! You know where you are at for prepping and if you feel something is lacking and it is bothering you I think it’s your brain has put lots of different data together that you are not logically aware of, but your gut knows.