Summer's bounty

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It's that time of year again! Between my purchases from the fruit stands and harvesting from the garden, I am spending a lot of time "putting food by" (as our grandmothers called it). It can be a little overwhelming, especially on the days like today when I do more than one type of food, but in the end, it's all worth it.

I had a discussion this morning with a lady I know who also gardens, and in the past, has canned. I asked her if she was canning this year and she replied that she just couldn't afford to this year, not with the price of canned goods as low as they are. I commented that it can be really expensive if you don't have a free or cheap source of food, but I imagine that I will always keep canning, even if the price of the local produce I buy goes up.

When I can my own food, not only am I being self-sufficient and putting food in storage to feed my family over the coming year, but I have control over what we eat. We're not eating fruit that was shipped from overseas or worse, canned in a factory in China. I have control over how much sugar or salt goes into the bottles with the food, and I know where the food came from, and I often can speak the the growers themselves (if it's not myself).

In the event of a trucking strike, I don't have to worry that I won't be able to buy fruits and vegetables and the grocery store, because a lot of what we eat is stored under our beds. We'll have fruits and vegetables to supplement our store of grains and other basics.

So even on the days when being pregnant with baby number 5 at 31 wears me out a lot more than being pregnant with number 1 at 21, I trudge on through and force myself to "put the food by." I'll be glad I did.