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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Put Up or Shut Up

So, y'all noticing food prices?

In our area, milk is up $.40/gallon.
Bread is up $.50/loaf.
Don't get me started on beef prices. {{{{shudders}}}}

Reports are that Walmart raised their prices across the board last month, an average of about 6%, and I can see it. And it's not just Walmart. With few exceptions, gas being the major one, we're seeing prices rise everywhere. Combined with the prices of heating oil and goods like clothing, it's one of those scary 'perfect storm' scenarios.

::~::Inflation, enter stage right::~::

The way I see it, you have 2 choices: put up or shut up.

If you haven't already, you can start putting up food. Homegrown, local, whatever. Can it. Freeze it. Dry it. Store it. Root-cellar it. Ferment it. Do something! Anything!

Right now, gardens, farm stands and orchards are somewhere near the height of their glory. Tomato patches are brimming with ripe fruit. Record corn crops. Ohio apple orchards are reporting early harvests due to the July/August heat and rain. Now is the time to take action.

Make some tomato juice.

Can beets.

Freeze corn.

Dry apples.

Can pears.

Just do something!

Of course, you have one other option: do nothing. Just relax and sit back and watch as food prices continue to tick upwards. And if you choose to be the grasshopper instead of the ant, that's fine. But do me a favor; don't complain about it this winter if prices have gone through the roof and you have to choose between food and paying the electric bill.

Those are your choices: put up or shut up.

Myself, I choose to put up.

What's your choice?
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Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Amen!! Great post!! (I'm puttin' up, btw!!)

Ed the Pilgrim said...

Here in the upper reaches of the Ohio Territory we have many fields of tomatoes this year. 34 quarts of stewed, 20 quarts of juice, 20 quarts of sauce, all from "culls" ones that didn`t make the grade. Many landowners will allow you to take all you want so thay don`t have to deal with the mess...

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