Ok - so we're still not going to the supermarket and it's been an interesting journey so far.

I've managed to find so many local providers - including some of the supermarket wholesalers - so avoiding the middle man.

This week the most wonderful find was a capsicum grower - beautiful brigtht red capsicums - then a friend of mine didn't like the olive oil that he had produced so we got it at a lovely price - it's peppery and grassy- just wonderful.

So I'll be preserving the peppers in oil soon.

I was sitting at a cafe the other day admiring the kumara chips that a friend was eating...mmmm..kumara chips... when low and behold - the distributor for them turned upto deliver- so I wrote down their number to investigate purchasing them for my family and whoever else wants them...btw - I will have plenty to spare so if you want them wholesale - please let me know! the company was very excited to hear about what we were doing and are sending a rep to see mem tomorrow.

so after a clean out of the freezer - to fit them all - I now have to jam some plums from last year that I had completely fortgotten about.

Apparently the wholesaler prides itself on undercutting gilmours - so the prices for preserving items wil be cheaper. of course it is always better to have the homegrown adn locally made stuff - but this would cover any absolute necessities that we may need and not wish to go without - all with out having to go to the supermarket!...<taps fingers together...excellent>

We've been busy shucking seds from our port albert cucumbers - the absolutely amazing flavour - their from the non bitter variety - just incredible and juicy. I will probably take the seeds to the ooooby stand at grey lynn farmers market.

I've also continued with the homemade cleaning products - of course getting the baking soda and vinegar from the wholesalers will be brilliant!

I stopped at a roadside grower who was selling lovely corn adn asked her about her old stock - she had tomatoes that were good for sauce but too soft to sell - so she happily gave me some of the items that she would otherwise have thrown away - aren't friendly pepple just lovely!

Currently the garden is producing copious amounts fo red cabbage - lovely with our gravy beef stew.mmm stew - adn Kumara chips....mmm... adn alot of passionfruit leaves - but not much passionfruit.

The herbs have been collected to make tea for winter coking and teas.

Now it's time to start organising the firewood and challengint he ongoing weed selection that we have.

I'm going to try my hand at making my own cosmetics and saving some more money. Ov course when you do stuff like that - you really need to share because I will always make more than I need - ah well - I suppose that's another barter item.

We're out of loose leaf tea now - so i'm off to barter some eggs for 2 packets - can't do without tea.

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Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on April 1, 2010 at 3:41pm
Thanks Pete- it'd be great to have more people not goin to the supermarket - I'm not sure how to add a photo though - if you'd like to talk me through it, I'd be happy to oblige.
Comment by Derek & Julie Craig on April 1, 2010 at 3:40pm
thanks Laura - that would be wonderful -are you in auckland? if you are - lets organise a time to meet. I have oil, beeswax, essential oils, filtered water - anything else I would need?
Comment by Laura King on April 1, 2010 at 12:54pm
Hello there,

just letting you know that I make my own skin care products so if you want any advice, recipes or website recommendations let me know.

Comment by Pete Russell on March 16, 2010 at 1:27pm
Fantastic blog! If you could pop a photo that is somehow themed to the the top line of this blog, I would happily feature it to the front page.
Comment by Angie Gibbons on March 16, 2010 at 1:12pm
Umm the chips sound great!

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