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
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?