Healthier Food Choices on the Homestead

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I worked six, twelve hour shifts at two different hospitals this week and it whooped me.  I have fallen completely out of the habit of working this much.  With only two nights off, I start another stent of shifts tonight.

With a few naps thrown in over the last few days, Neil and I managed to get some chores knocked out too.  Neil redid the entire deck with DeckOver and it made a huge difference.  What do you think?

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This product was relatively inexpensive ($35 a can) and did a great job.  The DeckOver was very thick and dried quickly, so you had to roll it on smoothly and rapidly, but we are thrilled with results.

The chickens and rabbits-who knew rabbits would free range and then go back to the Chicken Palace when it is time for bed-have been doing great.  Raffi sure enjoys the extra freedom.

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It has been a HOT summer.  The weather here in central North Carolina has been in the mid 90s for the majority of the past few months.  Despite the intense heat, our little garden has done pretty well.  Our cherry tomatoes have completely taken over the garden.  Some days we are harvesting a basket full of tomatoes a day.

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Our fig tree has also been growing like crazy.  I don’t know much about fig trees, so if anyone has any care tips, I would love to hear them.

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Over the last few months I have been on a journey of eating healthier.  I have been watching documentaries (Forks Over Knives on Netflix is super interesting!) and reading articles and websites.  I find it interesting that we live in a world where eating “real food” is no longer the norm.  A huge reason Neil and I live on a homestead and are slowly building a self sufficient environment is to have affordable, real food choices.

This week Neil and I joined a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  If you are local, check out Coon Rock Farm.  We will be getting a variety of fresh, natural raised chicken, pork, beef and veggies.  Prices of CSA tend to be a slight deterrent for folks, but if you look at it closely, it is absolutely worth it.  We spend roughly $60 a week on meat and produce when we go to the grocery store.  To enroll in the meat CSA, it is an up front cost of $500 for 6 months.  This breaks down to $83 a month or $20 a week.

To enroll in the produce CSA it is $500 for 20 weeks. This breaks down to $100 a month and $25 a week.  Utilizing the meat and produce CSA, we will be spending $45 a week on meat and produce, which is a $15 a week savings-that’s around $300 savings over the course of the CSA.  Not only are we supporting a local farm and getting chemical free food delivered to our door, we are saving a nice chunk of change.  Check out this site for more CSA options, EatWild.

Make sure you like Homestead Redhead on facebook so you can stay up to date with the yummy goodness we get each week from the CSA and all our other homestead happenings.

Until next time…

FINALSIGNOFF

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