I Bought Apples. DAY 13 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge

It’s DAY 13 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge… and I finally had to break down and hit the grocery store.

Our pantry has been bare of canned fruits for a while now, and we’ve had all we can handle of freeze dried fruits. I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter how much variety there is… after a while you just crave juicy, fresh produce. Even though we currently have muscadines, huckleberries, and wonderberries growing in the garden, you can only have so much of the same thing. And it isn’t like we haven’t had fresh fruits over the past couple weeks, it just feels like it hasn’t been enough.

So yes friends. I did it. I went to the store and bought some fresh apples.

I might have also bought a carton of half-and-half for my coffee.

At first I felt a little like I’d be failing myself if I broke the rules of the challenge and went to the store. But the purpose of this challenge is to help me discover the deficiencies in our emergency food storage so that we’d be better off in the event of a real long term emergency… not to deprive my family unnecessarily.

The kids needed fresh fruit.

And I needed a good cup of coffee.

After this challenge is over I’m stocking up on canned fruits until next canning season.

I’m grateful that we have a lot of fruit trees, berry bushes, and grape vines planted around our property, but unfortunately the majority of them are still too young to produce fruit. It takes several years before fruit trees are mature enough to produce. We do get a good variety of fruit, but not nearly enough to sustain us. I’m hopeful that one day we’ll produce enough from our land to completely support our needs.


Here’s the breakdown of Day 13’s challenge meals:

Blueberry bagels w/ honey butter (bagels from freezer)

Apple slices and nut butter
dried cranberries

Lentil tacos

Roasted chicken and Mashed potatoes

Do you have any fruits growing where you live? What would you be able to forage or harvest from the land if you couldn’t get to the grocery store for fresh fruit?






15 thoughts on “I Bought Apples. DAY 13 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge”

  1. Hi, I just found your challenge. I have a suggestion for the 1/2 & 1/2. I have found both shelf stable milk and cream so you could stock both of those & mix your own 1/2 &1/2 from the pantry.
    I love your blog!

    • Hi Joy, If you don’t mind my asking, what is the brand of shelf-stable cream? I’ve been hoping to find some shelf-stable heavy cream that could be used for cooking and (ideally) also to make butter.

  2. Lessons learned, and plans revamped, are more important than a slight deviation from your original path. Learning what you need for the longer haul is what is necessary, and you are finding the weak spots that need to be shored up. Great job!!! Inspiring!!!

  3. Don’t feel bad about getting the apples and half-and-half When I was trying to eat just from my food storage for 5 weeks a few months ago, I got so bored with the limited variety of food I had on hand that by the 4th week I broke down and ordered a pizza delivered one day πŸ˜‰ I went back to the stored food right after that – feeling only a little bit guilty πŸ˜‰ . The main thing is that this challenge is helping you discover what gaps there are in your food storage – so it’s a great learning experience!

  4. I agree your purpose is to learn, not suffer πŸ™‚ don’t feel bad! You are helping the rest of us learn too as we follow along. I bet you enjoyed those apples and coffee! πŸ™‚

  5. This is a test. this is only a test, lol. Thank goodness it is a test. We just went thru Irma and I saw some defficencies in our pantry too. But now we have time to correct them.

    • LOL… so glad it’s only a test! I’m also glad you survived Irma. Gracious! We were fortunate that it ended up bypassing us (barely). It’s good that you were able to pin point what you were lacking in your pantry so that next time you’ll be better prepared.

  6. I am so thankful that our homestead has three thriving apple trees, a pear tree, raspberry bushes and blueberry bushes. I’m not sure our family could survive without fresh produce either. Think big picture: it’s half way through the month and you’ve only spent a few dollars on groceries!! Way to go!

    • Thank you, Laurie. I appreciate your words of encouragement, for sure. πŸ™‚ This challenge has been great for us in a lot of different ways. You’re very fortunate to have fruit trees and berry bushes in production! I can’t wait to have apples, pears, and even more blueberries. I’ve given up on our peach trees. We just have way too many pests and I don’t have the time to stay on top of organic methods of control. I’d love to focus on a larger strawberry patch next year. We love strawberries and really don’t get that many right now.

  7. This is a self-imposed challenge. I don’t see anything wrong with recognizing the deficiency in your food storage and then buying food from the store. In a real emergency, your family will be appreciative of the steps you have taken to make a well-rounded food storage that is reflective of what they like to eat. They’re kids, so they might not say it, but there won’t be quite as much griping about food.

    I personally have raspberries. I picked about eight yesterday. The spring harvest was heavy, but the fall one has been slow. With only about three weeks until first frost, I’m not expecting much, but I still have some in the freezer.

    A friend let me pick from her apple trees. I have about two and half bushels in the fridge. She has said I can go back for more which I will do once I put most of these up. We eat a lot of fresh apples through December and will rely on canned applesauce for the rest of the winter and spring. I think I might dry some slices for snacking too.


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