I'm part of a group on facebook called, "Riot for Austerity". It's about using less resources, being frugal, buying new, going without and doing this differently. (not that I'm very good at this!) One of the recent questions posed by the group moderator was "how is your winter pantry shaping up?" Normally, I try to grow a lot of our food, find things we don't grow or raise at our local markets or through individual farmers. I can, dehydrate, freeze, etc. Cook my own instead of buying processed junk. I enjoy it. I feel like I'm providing quality for my family. Our children are learning where their food comes from, how it grows, what the meat we eat looks like when it's still in a pasture! They're learning to cook at a young age (instead of their late 20s, like me). They think I make the best bread, pizza crust, and tortillas in the world! (only because they're fresh, I'm sure)
I've been trying to inventory our pantry and freezer and it's not as good as I had hoped. Not to make excuses, but this pregnancy has been kinda tough. I've been put on a modified bedrest a few times, instructed not to go out in the heat and humidity (too many contractions), etc. It made getting out in the garden nearly impossible when temps were in the 90s and bedrest meant no canning the tomatoes when it was time. (I asked the OB, I was told 'absolutely not')
So, this how things are shaping up for us. Good things: our freezer is packed full of local meat (lamb and chicken), local berries (strawberries and blueberries), sweet corn, and peppers. (the freezer sits on our outside porch and takes nearly no energy to run during the winter... we make up for it during warm summer months)
Okay things: I canned crushed tomatoes, peaches, jam, and pickled hot peppers... but not enough. (I would have been closer if I hadn't been put on bedrest during this pregnancy)
Better Luck next year: Our potato crop was a bust... and our popcorn didn't do so hot, either. Luckily, we still have a lot of leftover popcorn (it's a big source of snacks and lunches for us).
In progress: I found a local source for oats I need to call on and we have some wheat berries stored. I'm sure we need more local honey and maple syrup. (trying to phase out processed white sugar) I'll have to pick those up at the market when I stock up on apples (to dry, store, and sauce), carrots, potatoes and butternut squash (which I can't grow to save my life!).
But, our 3rd child is due any day now so some things are going to have to wait!