Over the years we’ve made, remade and tweaked our basic “grocery list” of things we can’t grow here on the urban homestead and for the most part we pretty much stick to the list week after week, month after month. When I say “stick to the list” we don’t buy outside the list which helps save money and keeps our simple basic diet in motion.
Now, this is not to say we cannot improve – there’s still more we’d like to remove from the list! Throwing away the entire list would be awesome but we have to realistic! We are smack dab in the middle of the city and there aint any wheat fields — well, at least not yet.
The list includes staples like grandma would have had on her shopping list: things like flour, oil, spices, salt, cheeses and vinegar which are the primary items on our grocery list.
Only when it’s canning season does the list change a bit to include more of certain canning essentials.
What you will notice absent from the list – eggs, meat, over processed, frozen or even canned foods. Instead we, try as best we can (with some exceptions – yeah, we aint perfect!), to purchase the ingredients and make our food/meals from scratch.
Also you will notice there are no produce except for that of onions and potatoes which we purchase only when necessary. 95-99% of our produce (fruits, veggies, herbs) we grow ourselves, barter with our local contingent of Freedom Gardeners We have this little saying, “If it aint growing in our backyard we don’t eat it” – plain and simple.
Another thing you will notice is “dual uses items” – items that you can use both in the kitchen and around the household for cleaning like vinegar, baking soda and or making your own toiletries.
Why do we do this?
Well, we have this motto that our family uses a lot “What would the Ingalls do” and we try and transcend that in our everyday life (sometimes successfully and sometimes unsuccessfully)
By eating down the list we opt to eat more from our backyard/frontyard or homepreserves in our pantry with a little “help” from the general store.
Eating locally and with the seasons it brings about a whole new meaning to the saying “give us this day our daily bread.”
How has you or your family eating habits changed, care to share?
Are you connnecting with your community via barter, swaps, etc? Are you growing more, preserving and making things from scratch?