Mom and I hit a couple of fruit stands and took a nice little drive out in the country. Not looking to buy so much as to check prices of what was available plus an excuse to get out of town. One fruit stand had closed down but is still running it’s winery and we tried out a couple of different wines. I want to get a bottle or two because it was very good, though I’m not a big wine drinker. Mom thought the wine would make good gifts for the holiday season and the winery was running a special if you bought 6 bottles or more I think they took off 10% or more.
The first little market we hit had great prices on apples and squash. We each picked up some red onions and I got some sweet peppers, but it was only a few of each. I think both Mom and I are kind of tired of doing any more food preservation at this time. We have plenty of projects to keep us busy without adding anything more to our to-do lists. Did a little research on the soap and possible candle making Mom wants to do with the beeswax. So far it looks like we will have a great product at a very competitive price. We are going to be small and home based for awhile, but we are hoping to have product ready to go for a few holiday markets.
Drove out to the orchards and stop by one more fruit stand and they had fruit woods in container that held about a quarter of a cord for $50.00. I could borrow Dad’s truck and start adding some hardwoods to my wood pile a little at a time. A big plus is it looks like the wood will fit in my stove with no additional cutting. I am not sure how much wood it will take to last a cold winter and the wood I have now burns hot and fast. If I could add some hardwoods, that would have a perfect wood pile for heating. I would like to have next year’s wood pile all ready to go before I need it next year. The fruit woods are very good for smoking meats and just plain ole BBQ cooking and I want to try making my own bacon and curing hams.
I can’t get to crazy planning ahead because the debt ceiling will hit again in Feb. of 2014 and who knows what kind of idocy the PTBs have planned for us. Getting the soap making/Beeswax business going has priority but I could afford to get a bit of the wood at $50.00 each month that would keep cash out go to a min. per month. At this point I am saving enough on the electric bill each month that $50.00 can be counted as part of my forecasted electricity budget numbers. In order to plan and budget properly I need the PTBs to come up with a long term solution rather than a 2-3 month stop gap plan. I doubt I’ll get that wish, so the next best thing is to stay as flexible and adaptable as possible. You may not be able to buy as much in bulk to get the best price, but you will have the cash on hand short term that can protect you from some of the PTBs stupidity.