As usual, I can't seem to discipline myself to write on a regular basis and some of that is just me and some of it is that no matter how organized I am there is simply too much to do on a farm. Two weeks of the last four were spent in a grading extravaganza to end the semester and then I had to play catch up on the farm work.
In regards to food, I'm finding that we have plenty. I'm rather proud of this six week mark because it means that I am doing something right in this whole "self-suficient/self-reliant" journey we are on. The pantry is still full and although the freezer is less packed than before we still have enough...more than enough.
At this point, my only problem is boredom and craving things I know I can't have. The whole blooming thing is complicated by the fact that can't eat gluten and am supposed to eat a low-histamine diet...much of what we have stored is high in histamine.
The freezer still has plenty that I can pull out (like the Tikka Masala above) though there is little variety to what is in there. Okra, shredded zucchini, eggs, pesto, onions, blackberries and a dish I can "eggplant and tomatoes" and one pound of beef I'm saving for something interesting...chili perhaps? or maybe a meatloaf.
Starting out we had pumpkins, Delicata, Kobocha, and Spaghetti squash, as well as, two cabbages fresh. When we ran out of lettuce, that was the source of our "fresh" food, but I was dying for a salad. The lettuce and spinach I planted is up, but tiny in the coldframes (and I didn't get super good germination either). Just when I was ready to crack and run to the store for lettuce my mom traded me some spinach from her garden.
Today, I'm making feta and envisioning a frittata made with some of the frozen eggs and onions, fresh greens and feta with roasted sweet potatoes on the side (we still have two sweet potatoes and one russet). We still aren't getting any fresh eggs, but we have milk a plenty...something like 6 gallons before I started the cheese this morning. (Tomorrow, I'll make mozzarella....and there is still paneer from last week). I could be making yogurt and culturing buttermilk and there could be chevre' too if I weren't so slow and unmotivated to do it.
Some other side effects of this experiment have been interesting. The compost bin hasn't needed to be emptied with any kind of frequency. In other words, there has been very little food waste. I suspect this is because we are so very aware of the finite supply that we are loathe to let anything spoil. I have been making meals around what is going to go bad first...the first in, first out premise of prepper's pantries. I've also contented myself with the being the "human 'garbage' disposal"...ie. I eat all the leftovers even when I'm sick of them. Lucky me, right?
Another side effect, is of course the money we saved this month. (Although there are items that will need to be replenished next month). It has brought a very new awareness to my spending habits....more on that at a later date.
The best part though, not having to go to the store. I LOVE not having to run errands. LOVE it. Y'all know I'd be a hermit if I could be...yet more motivation to make this little farm self-sufficient.
With only five more days of this challenge, I'm anticipating a continuation of sorts and I don't think I'll be buying much more than freshies like lettuce, carrots, apples, etc next week.