Friday, September 15, 2023

Finding Deals: Stocking and Storing for Winter 9/15/23!


My wild sunflower in the garden!   I counted 18 blooms on one stalk!  So fun.  Sunflowers make you happy for sure. 


The onions I grew this year were pitiful.  So small you would have to peel at least two maybe three to make it like a normal onion.  I blame it on the drought we had at the beginning of the growing season and then the neglect while we went away and when I came home. Yep, I completely just shut down for awhile.

We have enough little onions to last maybe a month or two then that's it.  So, when we went to the Mennonite Market and I saw a 10 lb bag of onions for $4.99, I grabbed them up.  Yesterday. I took them to my daughters cool basement to store along with my small garlic I harvested. That should last me awhile.

My point is when you find a deal buy it.  Sometimes there are failures in the garden and you just can't grow it This was so much better than buying a little bag of 3 lb onions for $2 or $3 dollars at my grocery store.  Make sure to start looking for those deals now!  

You can find some great deals on onions and potatoes this time of year.  Our potatoes in the garden are great but if I needed some to feed a family for the winter I would get those 50 lb bags of potatoes that are unclassifed for around $15.00.  Unperfect potatoes -no one will care!  They used to be $10, shoot I remember when they were $8.00, but you know how that goes.  We used to buy these all the time but now with just us eating the potatoes, we don't need so many.

Look for those deals at your local farm or stop at the farm stores on you way up north to see the colors in Michigan.

We love apples.  They go fast around here.  Although we finally have a producing apple tree, 8 apples are just not going to last long.

We found a peck of fresh apples for $6.00 while we were at the Mennonite store too.  We find that the apple orchards here are very expensive to buy from, they are more for entertainment.  Don't get me wrong that's fine but when your looking for a deal, look at other venues and buy there.

Are you stocking up?  Stocking up for the winter is one way to help keep the rising costs of groceries in check.

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Lana said...

Great buy on those onions! We are stocking up, too. We can get 25 pounds of apples for $12. They post what they have on Facebook so when I see our favorite we will be going to get a bag. I think we must be watchful and keeping everything stocked. I just feel like something is coming this winter.

EM Griffith said...

Great tips, Vickie! Wish we had Mennonite stores where we are, but we do have some local farms. This is definitely the time to stock up (when/where you can) on foods to last through the winter months. --Elise

Cheryl Kimbley said...

I so love sunflowers - yes, they are just smiles on stems!!!
Great price on onions!
Sometimes it just pays to watch the deals and get stuff than trying to grow in harsh conditions.

Belinda said...

What a great deal on the onions. I need to stock up on those for the winter too. Those and potatoes. Our local apple orchard is packed full right now and I would love to go get some of those as well. Your sunflowers are beautiful, I just love them they are so bright and cheerful. I’ve been enjoying your free books on Amazon on your Facebook page. I can usually always find a good one. I hope you have a great weekend, Vickie.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I feel the need to stock up more too Lana. I need a great deal like that on apples-I'll be looking!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Elsie, Your right got last through the winter months as much as we can. Someone told me that the good reason for chives was that when you ran out of onions at least you could pick spring chives and have that flavor. I think that's about right.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Cheryl, I think I should have just bought them. For the price of these onion plants it may be better than trying to grow them. Thoughts for spring. I love that smiles on stems!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Belinda, I'm so glad your finding books you can read on my facebook page. I have to remember to download them as I find them. I have done that so many times and missed my own deal. Ha ha. Havea good weekend.

Rhonda said...

Those little bags of onions used to be $.99 at the grocery store. They are in the three dollar range now in Oklahoma. You got a great deal on your 10 pound bag.
Your sunflower is so pretty and happy looking!

I’ve been stocking up on some non-food projects this week. For just the two of us, we are pretty stocked on food even with winter coming.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Rhonda, so true there are so many things besides food to stock up on. It's good to be well rounded that's for sure. Have a great weekend.

Chef Owings said...

I just picked up Bartlett pears, honeycrisp apples and ginger golden apples at a Mennonite store. Paid dearly but it was half of the orchard price. I bought a couple acorn squash, a couple large onions (sandwich size) and garlic that was the size of a nickel from Amish. She was only charging 25 cents for the garlic since they were so small. Didn't know why they were that little as her earlier ones were more normal size. I still have potatoes to wash and put in basement. Tomatoes are still turning ripe and I am down to only needing pasta sauce.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Sounds like some great deals to me Chef! So your orchards are high too. Glad you found your deal on apples. I know you'll have a great weekend now.