Hi everyone! For my food survival storage, I want more nutrition than I would even have during regular life – especially because my health needs may not be able to be met otherwise if the hospitals and doctors’ offices aren’t available.
One thing we know is that grocery stores have a lot of overhead and therefore have to charge us more than what products are worth to make a profit. We also know that fresh fruits and vegetables can be turned into canned or dehydrated food stores for our survival using a canning kit or food dehydrator.
So the best thing we can do is cut out the middle man.
What Is Local Food?
We’ve forgotten how to eat locally grown food that’s in season and it’s starting to become a big problem. Food has become big business and it isn’t unusual to find a vegetable, fruit, or piece of meat that was produced and processed on a different continent (with different regulations, I might add).
You can find just about any fruit or vegetable in your local grocery stores any time of the year – but that doesn’t mean the food was grown locally. Strawberries used to be a rare treat reserved for early summer.
Now, you can get fresh strawberries year around. The same holds true for tomatoes, asparagus, peaches and all sorts of other fresh fruits and vegetables. And you can usually find local farmers who let you take a basket out into the field and pick your own.
The Importance Seasonal Food in Survival Storage
One of the big advantages of eating local food that’s in season is that it’s healthier for you and much less expensive. This food hasn’t been picked before its prime.
Instead it’s picked close to the peak of ripeness and getting to your table or your plate (or in our case, the dehydration machine or cans) much faster.
This keeps more of the nutrients alive, resulting in food that not only tastes better, but is also better for you.
Where To Find Local Food for Your Food Storage
Your local farmers market is the perfect place to get started. Not only can you shop for a lot of your everyday food staples – including fruits, veggies, eggs, bread, but if you’re lucky, even milk, cheese and meat can be found there.
It’s also a great place to get a foot in the door with the local farming community. This allows you to work directly with farmers so that you can buy food for your food survival storage needs.
Buy Local Foods in Bulk
Buying in bulk is another great option. You can get a much better deal if you buy by the bushel or crate. You can then “put up” much of the food and use it throughout the rest of the year.
You can then eat when you want now, and use the rest for canning, pickling, or dehydrating for your future needs. If power is still on, consider freezing some of the produce that you turn into scrumptious soups or casseroles.