Showing posts with label preparedness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label preparedness. Show all posts

Aug 12, 2011

Prepper Challenge

Challenge, kids:

You have $200 in disposable income to spend any way you like on preparedness items. Any items. Presume you already have a basic amount of food, ammo, firearms, etc.

What do you get, and why?

Mar 9, 2011

Small World

I had mentioned that I needed to start putting away grain in quantity. I checked a few known suppliers for rough costs, and found that shipping anything resembling a quantity of grain was going to run into stupid money very quickly. (Stupid money: shipping costs significantly more than the grain.)

I've read that some Walmarts carry wheat berries, so I've checked those local to us. No joy. The local hippie market - which I have NEVER set foot into before - does carry wheat berries among other whole grains, to the tune of $1.50/lb or more. Not terrible, but a bit on the high side.

A bit more work found a local granary that supplies both the hippie mart and a local flour mill, and will sell directly to consumers. All their product is certified-organic, which I don't particularly care about either way, but even paying the premium for organic grains is cheaper than paying shipping from a larger mill.

Reading over their web site, I found that one of their suppliers is a farmer whose property I've hunted on nuisance tags for several years. When I went to pick up my order, MrsZ and the girl working turned out to have gone to college together - not close friends, but several classes together.

It's a scary-small world sometimes!

(For the curious: I bought 50# of hard red wheat and 25# of oats for about $75. They are out of soft white wheat until the next harvest, probably July or so. I will continue looking for local and hopefully less-expensive sources.)

Mar 3, 2011

Grain Mills again

I did some more research, and decided the GrainMaker was the right mill for us. Their website notes that there is a price increase coming March 15 due to a major increase in material cost. I called and asked what kind of increase they were talking about. Since it's their business to publish it, I won't, but suffice it to say it's a three-digit number.

They offer a layaway plan, and I asked if they would honor the current price if I ordered for layaway today... and they will.

So, the mill is ordered. Should be here in a few months (i.e., when it's paid off).

Now I've got to get started on putting away grain...