I like to ponder how I would make different decisions if I was truly
forced to be self-sufficient. My scenarios range from the
fantastical --- we fall back through a time portal and are hacking our
living out of the wilderness --- to the prosaic --- we simply can't
afford storebought goodies.
If I was counting on our
own stores of fruit to get us through the winter, though, strawberry
week would go. Especially in a year like this one where an early
bloom combined with a late frost wiped out the first berries,
shortening our usual month of strawberries to more like two or three
weeks. Even with unlimited fruit at the grocery store, I wouldn't
treat myself to so many berries now if I didn't have the option of
storebought winesap apples from the fruit stand to get
me through the winter.
Our chicken waterer keeps the flock healthy with POOP-free water.
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