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Grocery Free August (And Maybe September!)

Nick working in our garden.

Last year, we set a goal to take the month of August off from going to grocery and big box stores - a Grocery Free August! And, much to my surprise, we were successful and it was much easier than I had anticipated! So this year we are out to do it again and see how long we can go into September as well!

What does it mean to do a grocery free August? No small or large trips to the grocery store. It means more time in the garden and selecting which cut of pork, beef or chicken we will be eating out of our freezer. It means getting creative with our goat milk to make our own dairy products. It means using Minnesota Grown’s website to find local farms raising the things that we don’t to make sure we continue to have variety in our diet and support other local farmers. It also means going to a local boutique for a new outfit instead of ordering online or going to a big store.

And before I loose you, don’t worry, this isn’t just a challenge for those of us with farms or big gardens. You can do it too! We simply are sourcing everything from local sources if we cannot provide it for ourselves. A great resource is Minnesota Grown that I mentioned above or comment below and I might be able to connect you to what you are looking for as well. For example, my garden is a few weeks behind, so I will be relying on my good friend Laura at Thompson Family Farm to supply us with lots of fresh veggies. Also, this year our cow is not in milk right now, so we plan on venturing up to Autumnwood Farm to get some delicious milk! And of course, if you need pork, chicken, eggs, dog food, or soap, let us know!

For full transparency, we will stock up on some things before August starts and I’d recommend doing the same. We will get bread flour (for our bread maker), some easy pasta, and other such items.

Now there are always some exceptions to this rule. Any immediate home and/or family medical needs take precedent, so we will do as we see fit there.

This challenge isn’t about being perfect. It’s about learning to find things in your area that you may have never tried before. It’s about making connections with our food and the people that raise it. So please join us this month and reduce the number of times you go to the grocery store or big box stores.

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