We love bread from the fancy bread store.
It’s called Country Grains Bread Co., and they make some of the best bread around… just the best stuff and without all the time and effort. I love supporting another small business owner. Sure, I can make bread, I can. But you know, once I found this place I thought… why should I? I can visit here once or twice a week, get AWFULLY great good bread and it’s about the same cost if I did it all myself, AND I don’t have to messy up my kitchen and all!
Now you might say… oh my gosh! I can make bread cheaper than $7.25 a loaf! But you see…. they have day old bread, every day. And it’s half price. And many times, it’s buy 2 get one free. And they have a punch card program as well. So I usually get my breads for about $3 a loaf. Which is a wonderful thing.
No preservatives, nothing weird, just flour and yeast and good stuff…. it’s awesome bread. And makes you feel good. And it freezes great.
Now you might be wondering… well, that’s not a good thing for homesteading, you need to make everything yourself and all that stuff. Well, that’s more self-sustainable living, and I’m not quite into that. As an urban homesteader, and in fact any homesteader, I believe that it’s almost impossible to become totally self-sustaining. Sure you can try, and you can greatly reduce your dependance on many resources, but in the end, you need tools, iron, metals, medicines, and so much more.
My thoughts are to live as simply as possible, yet to also barter and trade for the things you can not do yourself. Most homesteaders of the west did not worry about being “green” and their carbon footprints. No way. They were trying as hard as possible to eek out a living and make a place for thier children’s children. They sought inventions and labor saving devices, they wanted technology. It’s just that they had to make do with their own resourcefulness many times because there just wasn’t a Walmart or Home Depot around the corner.
And you can bet they supported each other’s small businesses… such as a baker or a candler, or spinner, or something with a knack for raising pigs or whatever. The doctor was not out tending his flocks and fields… no, he was using his skills in a trade and bater process for those other things he needed to survive. The blacksmith was not planting fields of corn… he was smithing. And neighbors helped neighbors with the tough chores and things that needed many hands.
Taking a piece of land or a old abandoned moby and making it new and vibrant again. Bringing you cost of living down and being comfortable with it, and saving and investing in your future. Making use of what you are given and using trade and barter to help your fellow man. All good stuff in my book.
And that’s why our bread comes from the bread seller.
I wonder if they need some new printing and graphics, or maybe a nice website?
Oh my gosh… they don’t. Hmmmmmmm…. Stay Tuned!