Our year unchained is already 1/12th complete! If you are just checking in, you can read the initial post and guidelines for the challenge here:
The fruits of this endeavor can already be seen throughout our home. Our kids are happily devouring every meal that I serve them. We have always fed them whole and well, but they still have their favorites. I have been looking for pushback mostly from our youngest (8). Would she pick the collards out of her stew or choose to just eat around them? No. Every drop…then seconds. They happily declare where each ingredient came from…remembering when Aimee dropped off the sausage or the bitter cold day that we packed the refrigerator full of freshly harvested cabbage before the impending freeze. They remember. This commitment is changing them as much as it is stretching me.
We didn’t really know what this year would look like financially. We knew we would spend less…but quality, local, organic ingredients cost more and for good reason.
Here is our January breakdown:
Mennonite Farm = $49.00 (Milk & Butter)
No. 9 Farm = $17.00 (Greens, Squash, Herbs)
Charlotte Mennonite Market = $54.00 (Wheat Berries & Jam)
Country Pantry = $35.34 (Local Pecans, Honey, Eggs, Spices and Olive Oil <—although, not local…a predetermined concession)
Sweetwater Valley Farm Cheese = $37.33
Lasater’s Coffee = $28.90
Lewis Johnson = $60.00 (Amazing Smoked Sausage!)
Green Door Gourmet Farm = $17.40 (Collards and Habanero Ketchup made in Lebanon, TN)
Tennessee Grassfed = $265.00 (1/4 cow divided by 3 months)
Giving Thanks Farm = $194.00 (eggs, chicken, pork)
Grand Total for January: $757.97
You can find the information for each one of these sources under the Community Resource Guide.
We expect the first 3 months of the year to be the heaviest financially….until the weather warms and our own garden harvest begins.
Meet Duke. He is just as excited for green pastures….