2021 Preparedness - Dual Focus: Week 28



Food - Week 28: Fruit


We’re in fruit season - so it’s time to get canning, freezing, and storing fruit. If you don’t know how to can or just don’t have the equipment now is the time to ask for help. If you don’t have fruit trees post a message on Facebook and /or email your contacts and ask if they have anything they are willing to share. If you still don’t have access to fruit try a Farmer’s Market or ask your local grocer if they would be willing to order some cases just for you. I often do this with cucumbers for pickling. They will usually give you a better price because they know none will go to waste, so no loss to them since they won’t need to throw any away they didn’t sell.


This week store 5 (14oz.) cans or 5 pints of fruit per family member.


General Store - Week 28: Seeds


We all need to be prepared to grow our own food should the need arise. There are a few things that will grow in a matter of days or weeks and provide needed vitamins and mineral when fresh foods are not available.


Other things will take longer but many can be stored by canning or dehydrating or even storing in a root cellar (or cool dry area). I hate to think of a scenario that would require us to do this but I know they have happened before and they will happen again.


My son was a missionary in Croatia shortly after the Bosnian war and I sent him seed packets for people he met who had no means to obtain fresh vegetables. Seeds purchased today can be stored in the fridge or freezer and will be great for next year. Spend a little more and get heirloom seeds and as you eat your veggies you can harvest the seeds from them and save them for the next planting so you will always have seeds for a garden with no more

expense.



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