Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Pioneer Challenge

The Alexander family has embarked on a new adventure: The Pioneer Challenge, in which we are trying to see how long we can go without buying groceries! We canned and froze a good amount of produce from the summer so we'll be eating that, along with the "reject" chickens. We are keeping a short list of the few items we may have to purchase throughout the duration of this challenge.

Occasionally, our customers have asked if we only eat food off of the farm. We actually can't afford to eat a lot of our farm products because it is worth so much more to us to sell them to our customers. Often, customers will comment about how wonderful the hams or sausage or other items are, and we are thrilled to know it's delicious because we haven't ever tried it!

We are on Day 3 of this new challenge and, so far, we've actually been eating better than usual! Last night we had baked chickens, butter beans, and buttermilk biscuits, tonight I'm planning to use the leftover chicken in chicken & dumplins and frying some of our okra, and tomorrow I'm hoping to make a brunswick stew. Also, we have french toast, homemade cinnamon raisin bread, and rice pudding for breakfasts, and our wheat bread for lunch. It will be fun to see how long we can continue!

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