June Snapshot: How much did it cost?

We’re halfway through the Unchained Challenge!

I’ve waited all year for the ease of summer eating. We’re in the sweet spot of summer. We can consume what we pick each day….A basket of beans and cucumbers, a handful of tomatoes, an armload of kale.

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I bring in two baskets of vegetables each morning. In a month….I’ll measure that in buckets per day. Nothing could have prepared me more for summer canning than a winter without a grocery store. I understand the value in putting aside the time to preserve.

FullSizeRender-19I love this Pickled Beet recipe from the Prairie Homestead.

Here is our June breakdown:

Farmer’s Market = $10.00 (Blueberries)
Bard-Roc Farm = $8.75 (Sweet Potatoes)
Tennessee GrassFed & Jolly Barnyard =  $215.00 (Beef) *      
Trading Post = $177.93 (Local Honey, Homemade jam, Oats, Bulk Spices, Potatoes, Gouda Cheese, Coconut & Olive Oil, Vinegar, Nude Dough Bread, Schlabach’s granola/cookies)
Lasaters = $28.31 (Coffee)
Giving Thanks Farm = $180.75 (Chicken, Pork, Eggs)
Dotson’s Produce (Cliff’s drill weekend in Tullahoma) = $100.96 (10 quarts of honey)
Country View Market = 49.02 (Wheat Berries)
Milk Share = $42.00 (12 gallons)
Grand Total for June = $812.72

*We ran out of beef as soon as June began waiting for our half beef share to be processed through Jolly Barnyard. So, we ordered a quarter beef share ($399) through Tennessee Grassfed to hold us until processing could happen. Cliff picked up our Jolly Barnyard share last night, which totaled $1534.00. Together, (1933.00) they should last our family about 9 months which breaks down to $215.00 per month for grass-fed beef.

You can find the information for each one of these sources under the Community Resource Guide.

Have a great week!

Lisa

May Snapshot: How much did it cost?

Hey friends!

My garden is a little weedy and a few vegetables need to make it to my refrigerator after an intense week….Vacation Bible School and a home remodeling project happened simultaneously, but it is well.

Even when I’m exhausted from the busyness of life, a retreat outside usually gives me the perspective change that I need. There is serenity in tying up tomato plants covered in small green fruit while watching the bees flock to each bright yellow bloom, even pulling weeds is gratifying. I enjoy the business of food. 😉

There are new surprises everyday……some challenges, mostly joy:

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This garlic flower is unique and dear to us.

My husband brought home a bulb from his grandmother’s garden a few years ago, long after she passed away. It had reseeded itself through the years in the rocky mountains of West Virginia. The beauty of this robust plant reminds me of her each time I pass by…..enduring and true.

Here is our May breakdown:

Nature’s Promise Farm = $23.50 (Asparagus, Mushrooms, Broccoli)
Bard-Roc Farm = $20.50 (Honey, Sweet Potatoes)
Country Pantry = $58.02 (Oats, Spices, Local Beef)
Trading Post = $187.26 (Local Honey, Homemade jam, Oats, Bulk Spices, Asparagus, Sweet Potatoes, Gouda Cheese, Coconut Oil, Beef)
Lasaters = $28.31 (Coffee)
Giving Thanks Farm = $325.77 (Chicken, Beef, Pork, Eggs)
Food Initiative = $12.00 (Strawberries)
No. 9 Farm = 106.50 (A whole lot of Strawberries!)
My Neighbor = $18.00 (Eggs)
Milk Share = $21.00 (6 gallons)
Grand Total for May = $800.86

This was our biggest month of the year thus far and for good reason – STRAWBERRIES! We’d been looking forward to this harvest for months. I froze a reasonable amount for the winter months and ate the rest leaning over the counter with 4 other happy faces nearby…May was sweet!

You can find the information for each one of these sources under the Community Resource Guide.

Have a great week!

Lisa