Food Storage Friday Report
To be honest it was a slow week, and a bit of a whiny friday to boot.. the weather has hit a unnatural high, typically we are 2 or 3 above and we are well over 20, on sunday we hit plus 26c, and my farm and my head is all in spring.. hubby was working without a shirt, while we are still tromping though snow.. very odd indeed.
All my fruit tree’s made it though the winter, and are all budding out, this is a great danger to my coming food storage and to the possable cost of fruit this year, it is only mid march and if they are budding now, they will most likely bloom early as well, which means all I need is one good spring snow storm or even a hard frost, and my whole hard fruit crops will be done for the year. This happened to us and most everyone in the area two springs around on our grape vines, it really effected the price, those few that had fruit where able to charge up to 5x the norm and if you wanted it, you paid it.
As I said to Dh, its a good thing that the strawberries, rhubarb, rasberries and currents are such faithful producers, we started some of the spring work in the ever growing strawberry patch, looks like I should have about 150 or so plants to move over into the new rows, which in total should give me somewhere between 300 to 350 plants producing this year.
The pantry is holding up very well, while the jars are getting empty, and I would worry that many of the regular items would not (without very careful planning) make it though two garden season’s at this point, I can see that we will have no issue at all it holding us very well until the garden is producing well.
I am however having a issue with my stored flour and as much as I hate the idea of it, I think I am going to need to mix it with water and bake it into bricks and feed it to the chickens, it has gone off, despite being held in the freezers, and I am starting to think that my body is reacting to it, of course my cast iron tummy of a hubby is fine but I am really starting to wonder, I think I am going to go to grinding my own only for what I am using and or just having to cut out all baking/bread that I would need to use it in and see if it makes a difference.
If this is the case, what a waste!
Thank goodness for the amount of whole grains in my storage that are holding up just fine..
I took one of my big blue plastic waterbarrels (safe for food rated) and I placed it on top of a area of good stinging nettle patch and I am pleased to say that its doing it job well, and I have a nettle already a few inches tall, which will be soon finding its way into my fry pan, the daylilies are also starting to come up and I think a good stir-fry with some of their roots sounds lovely..