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Going Beyond Grass Fed Beef

Going Beyond Grass Fed Beef

csa vegetables 300x220 Going Beyond Grass Fed BeefI’ve written before about the benefits and cost savings by buying grass fed beef from a local farmer. Today I want to expand a bit on that.

First, you should recognize that you can find far more than just beef from local farmers. It’s not all that hard to find other good meats such as chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, or even goat. All of which will be head and shoulders above what you get at the store quality wise.

Not only can you find good local farmers who raise common livestock, but you can even find some more rare meats such as ducks, bison, or ostrich.

And don’t forget about the old staple … eggs! But again, as with meats, don’t limit yourself to just chicken eggs. Ducks have good eggs, and if you can find that ostrich farm … give those a whirl too!

A great place to find good local producers is at Eat Wild.

Now on to other food products. Vegetables and other plants! Here there’s a couple things to keep in mind. First, you can simply switch your buying decisions from the supermarket to a farmers market and benefit your local producers that way, as well as getting a better product for similar or even better prices.

Second, you can also (note I said ALSO!) sign up for one or more local CSA programs. The neat thing about this is you’ll end up with seasonal fruits, vegetables, and greens that you might have never even heard of, let alone used. It’s a great way to expand your horizons and learn what grows well locally. You’ll end up with favorites that you want to grow yourself!

Finally, one of our all time favorites is the ‘pick your own’ type farms. This is generally something that’s limited to fruits and berries, at least in our neck of the woods. Our general plan here is to go and spend a few hours picking, until the kids are tired, and then buying a bunch of the pre=picked stuff. All in all it’s still way cheaper than the store, and quality wise it’s superb. This is where we get most of our canning fruits.

New and Noteworthy for Today, April 30, 2012

Here’s a bunch of links I saw today that I thought you might like. Action v. Reaction, thoughts on tactical patience Freedom, unreasonable Freedom. The Known The Unknown and Fighting Back Bill Black: Our System is So Flawed That Fraud is Mathematically Guaranteed – Blogs at Chris Martenson Of Stickers and Boomers REFUGE: Perspective onContinue Reading

Prepping with Garage Sales

Prepping with Garage Sales

So as summer approaches, so does garage sale season. One of the local burbs here has a spring garage sale weekend that everyone waits for. So it’s an especially high density of garage sales in one little area. Always a good time… Garage sales are a great way to get solid items for prepping onContinue Reading

New and Noteworthy for Today, April 27, 2012

Here’s a bunch of links I saw today that I thought you might like. How to Become a "Stalker" in Oregon: Criticize the Police Accountability in the Obama Administration | Wizbang Peak Dow, Peak GDP and Peak Oil Sandbags: Unconventional Tools for Functional Strength "Three new rules for US Presidents" How would you deal withContinue Reading

Are You a Parent or a Friend?

Are You a Parent or a Friend?

Today’s post has little to do with preparedness, and won’t be particularly relevant for you if you’re not a parent or grandparent. So I won’t be offended if you skip it and join us again on Friday. I read a rather disturbing article today about the latest and greatest substance abuse craze among kids inContinue Reading

New and Noteworthy for Today, April 26, 2012

Here’s a bunch of links I saw today that I thought you might like. Ever the victim…. I Hate It When I’m Right (TSA) – MarketTicker Forums Dershowitz: Zimmerman Affidavit Is A Crime – MarketTicker Forums In The "Duh" Department (Online Privacy) – MarketTicker Forums Oh Great — Power Plants, Chemical Plants, Etc. At RiskContinue Reading

A Bloody Lesson About First Aid Kits

A Bloody Lesson About First Aid Kits

As one of my hobbies I am a baseball umpire, which is entertaining enough as is. But today I had a fun experience that taught me a bit of a lesson. While I was getting ready for a high school game this afternoon, I managed to slice my finger up pretty good. I didn’t noticeContinue Reading

New and Noteworthy for Today, April 25, 2012

Here’s a bunch of links I saw today that I thought you might like. Obama Loves America… When It Agrees With Him | Wizbang “The patterns clearly show that the money went to the places the Democrats represented” | Wizbang Harvey Organ: Get Physical Gold & Silver! – Blogs at Chris Martenson Get Ready forContinue Reading

Dealing With That Overwhelming Feeling

Dealing With That Overwhelming Feeling

One of the hardest things to deal with when prepping is the feeling of overwhelm and dealing with the fact that there’s too much to do and not enough time. And this is something that’s not just limited to prepping, but is pretty common in other parts of life as well. We experience that overwhelmContinue Reading

New and Noteworthy for Today, April 24, 2012

Here’s a bunch of links I saw today that I thought you might like. Korea to Begin Broker’s Auction of 84,417 M1 Rifles Destined for USA Democrats Set to Break Spending Cap Agreement | Power Line The State of the Race — What Might Change? | Power Line Actions Speak Louder than Words Weird, WhoContinue Reading

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