Food Inflation and the Supply Chain

This past year my annual food cost have risen around $600 to $1,000 dollars during 2021.

For some this is not a real financial burden. However for me being on a fixed income a 7% or 8% cost of food increase is a burden and must be dealt with the best way(s) I know.
To this end I have been collecting unused canning jars from friends and family members and buying what I can’t find free with the goal of doubling the amount of fruits and vegetables I can to carry me through the cold non-garden months.

My vegetable garden space has doubled from past years and I am adding a few more fruit trees to my tiny orchard. Much to my dismay and sticker shock my normal list of vegetable seeds are 3 and in some cases 4 times the price from last spring. I’ll do much more seed saving this fall.
Planted Hybrid seeds do not come back true to it’s mother plant, they tend to revert back to one of it’s parent plants. Often this is not a good thing.
Heirloom plants are open pollinated and do come back true to it’s mother plant and as such are the best choice if you plan to save seed for next years vegetable garden.

Small bare root fruit trees and many grape vines if you can find them at all have shot up in price from about $25 dollars last spring to $45 to $75 dollars each this spring planting season. Almost every fruit tree variety I have been looking for is simply not available this season.

For the first time in many years I harvested and processed 2 bucks and 4 does to supplement my meat supply this year.
I am in the process of cleaning, repairing, painting my old rabbit hutches. I haven’t raised meat rabbits for about 10 years, however it’s time to get 3 or 4 does and a buck. Properly managed each doe will produce 3 litters a year averaging 6 kits per-litter. Growing to a butcher weight of about 5-6 pounds each in 6-8 weeks. Yearly each doe will produce 25-30 pounds of healthy, low fat, great tasting meat.

Happy Safe 2022.

11 responses to “Food Inflation and the Supply Chain

  1. We’ve experienced the same thing in our area here in southwest Virginia. I raise meat rabbits and highly recommend it. Although for me, I don’t find they reach weight until about 12 weeks and I tend to harvest some later at 16 so I can use the hides for crafts. It also makes a great roaster that can feed my family of five for one dinner. I’ve seen the increase on trees too and I’m looking into smaller family run orchards for alternatives to buy stock, as well as keeping an eye in local Facebook groups. My disability has us on a fixed income too and it can be do hard. I think we are on the right track though, falling back to some of the old ways of money saving and self reliance.

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  2. Oh, those are steep rises!

    Good luck with the rabbits.

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  3. We are doing much of the same. more deer in freezer this year as well. bigger garden and more fruit trees.

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  4. It’s good to be as self-sufficient as we can. City people are not as able to do that and are quite dependent on the big machine running smoothly. In times like this, I’m glad I have my little garden and fruit trees.

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  5. Going Batty in Wales

    I hope your plans work out for you. Living on a fixed income is no joke.

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  6. Sounds like you have good plans in place. I try to save seeds, but should do more. I do buy heirloom or organic open pollinated seeds but have noticed the really expensive prices. Yikes.

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  7. The cost of inflation goes well beyond the cost of food. It’s shipping, gas, repairs, lumber, clothes and so much more. The older I get the less I m able to garden and then there are health costs. Inflation is a bad deal all the way around.

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  8. As someone getting ready to retire early. I have seen the prices going out of control. I have made cloth napkins, bought more tea towel and made cleaning cloths to replace paper towels. When I saw paper towels selling for $35 for 6 rolls I knew I had to stop using them. I only use them now to blot meat. I have all my fruit bearing plants, trees and asparagus in pots so when I move I can take them with me. It reminds me of the late 1970’s. I remember then the home mortgage rate was around 20%. People will need to hold on tight and change their spending habits. I share with others what I have and they in turn share with me. We need to face this as a community and help each other thru it.

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  9. Thanks for the tip on heirloom seeds ! I’ve been saving some of my seeds as well ,I’ll mark the ones that aren’t heirlooms that way I’m not shocked when a plant isn’t what I thought it would be.🙂

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  10. Every week I go to the store, the raising prices are are despicable!!

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