Thursday, July 24, 2014

Food Prices are on the Rise - Plan Ahead!

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Dear Mary,

Below is an article we shared at Back to the Basics
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food prices are on the rise
Back when I first opened Mary's Heirloom Seeds I wrote the following introduction,
You may have noticed that the price on food, especially produce has been going up.  The quality, not to mention the nutritional value, has been suffering for quite a while.
Black Beauty Eggplant

Heirloom seeds or seeds that have been passed down for generations are far hardier and as some studies suggest, have more nutritional value than genetically modified (GMO) seeds.
I don't sell anything that I wouldn't grow in my own garden.  All of the seeds listed are un-treated, non-hybrid, open-pollinated, non-gmo, heirloom seeds.  Plants are grown using no chemicals. 
Anyway, I have been growing my own vegetables and besides the money they save me the flavor is WAY better than the vegetables available at the supermarket. It also makes me feel less dependent on the supply and I know what goes on my veggies.
I put together a few packages of seeds that seem to belong together and the individual seeds are available also.  Food prices are not going down and growing your own food, especially heirloom veggies, is a great way to save money and get more nutrition for your dollar.       
Happy planting,
That was 3 years ago. Food prices are still going up!  This weekend I shared a WSJ article  Attention Shoppers: Fruit and Vegetable Prices are Rising
For those of us trying to become more self-sufficient, we already know this!

From the article,  "The cost of fresh produce is poised to jump in the coming months as a three-year drought in California shows few signs of abating, according to an Arizona State University study set to be released Wednesday.The study found a head of lettuce could increase in price as much as 62 cents to $2.44; avocado prices could rise 35 cents to $1.60 each; and tomatoes could cost 45 cents more at $2.84 per pound. (The run-up in produce prices is in line with other projections showing that overall food cost gains are expected to accelerate this year.)"

The prices listed above are most likely an average.  Here in Florida, conventionally grown tomatoes are $3.99 a pound and almost TWICE that if you buy organic.

What are my solutions for the rising cost of food?  Well, I have several.  First...GROW YOUR OWN VEGGIES!  It really doesn't take a lot of time or effort to grow a basil plant or even salad greens. 

Arugula is an easy green to grow and takes approx 40 days.  It needs soil, water and sun.  Arugula can even be grown in a recycled plastic or wood container. No need to go out and spend a bunch of money.
At Mary's Heirloom Seeds you can purchase a packet of non-gmo, open-pollinated Arugula seeds  (300 seeds) for only $3.00!
Tomatoes take a bit longer to grow, about 60-90 days but well worth the effort.  Mary's Heirloom Seeds offers 11 different varieties of HEIRLOOM Tomato seeds 
Heirloom Tomatoes are so delicious and juicy!
Amana's Orange Tomato
Choose from Cherokee Purple, Emerald Green, Amana's Orange, Cherry and Beefsteak varieties.  Prices range from $3 to $4 for 25 to 45 seeds.  If you've never eaten an heirloom or homegrown tomato you are missing out!
SPROUTS are another way to get nutrient-dense "greens" without spending lots of money or time.  Mung Beans grow into Bean Sprouts in as few as 3-6 days. 
Mung Beans are my favorite! 

Check out Nutritional Info for Sprouts. SPROUTS can be grown in a glass jar on the kitchen counter. 
Sprouts don't need light or dirt...Just water!
If you decide to check out Mary's Heirloom Seeds here are a few tidbits...
All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented,  untreated, heirloom seeds.
Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.  
Seed Orders placed Monday-Thursday
are shipped within 24 hours, (except for holidays) 
Once your order has been processed.
Shipping on Heirloom Seeds is Free within the Continental US.

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