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Farmers Markets and Survivalism

Food from faraway places will be the first to disappear after long-term disasters. Beyond the backyard garden, local growers and farmers will have all the available food.  

In "How to Buy Local Food," Leigh Erin Connealy's Health News reinforces the benefits of the local farmer's market but warns that some such markets don't adequately police fraudulent offering: "Spotting a fake isn’t always easy. The sign can say 'local,' and—while it pays to converse with whomever is running the stand—there’s always a chance that they’ll tell you what they think you want to hear."

Connealy advises that personally getting to know the farmers and their farms, perhaps buying directly, is the best insurance policy if the grocery-store supply-chain goes down.  Some farmers will even allow you to barter your hired-man-type help for some of the food. In the worst of times, you can hire yourself out as an armed security guard in the same way.

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How To Store Potatoes For 20-Plus Years

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If 20 years sounds like a long time to store potatoes, then it might surprise you to know that “fresh” potatoes in the grocery store are often 11 months old when you buy them. Modern developments in commercial food storage allow growers to store produce with a chemical (1-methylcyclopropene), which extends the shelf life of vegetables.

 

Of course, fresh potatoes won’t last 20 years, but you can dehydrate them to get that kind of long-term shelf life while maintaining nutritional value.




Now save carrots for 20 years with a dehydrator