The savings are unbelievable, & I've yet to purchase something that was quality-compromised in any way.
Same here. My local grocery only gives 30% off, but that is better than full price. If I use or freeze it right away, it's always been good.
Pre vaccination I shopped during early morning senior hours, 6am, and that early, the meat guys had not yet had time to put the discount stickers on the 'old meat'. I missed that shopping perk. But more recently when shopping a bit later in the morning, I'm finding good discounts again.
This morning when looking for another discount turkey (there were none), there were some lovely T-bone steaks at 30% off - but starting at $17 per pound base price, those were a no-thank-you.
Coastal Southern California, zone 10, avocado belt, still in a drought.
Post by heirloomfan on Nov 29, 2021 15:42:16 GMT -5
In the past we also bought turkeys or ham after the holiday, often they would mark them at about half price, but haven't seen that this year. We do buy 'mark down meats' and don't think we have ever had a problem. We bought a large roll of freezer paper and freezer tape and I immediately wrap what we won't be using right away and it goes in the freezer. We also have a seal a meal and use that to package for the freezer as well. Right now with shortages, a lot more challenging to get the discount deals though.
This picture is from around 1919 and the remains are still standing. It's located on the grounds of the mental institution my grandma worked at from approximately 1968 to 1988. When my grandma started working there, the hospital was mostly self-sufficient and included a working farm which provided meat, eggs, milk and produce. At some point all of that changed and all food was imported by the time the old hospital closed. I often asked my grandma about the greenhouse and she told me that the majority of plants and flowers on the grounds were started in it. She also told of the occasional banana of pineapple that would be pampered and brought to fruit as well. I'd love to see it restored but considering the close proximity to the street, I fear vandalism would be an issue.
My question is why can't more hospitals/institutions go back to being more self-sufficient? Yes I know it may not be feasible to keep animals, but growing a majority of vegetables used is doable.
Edit: I know this isn't much of a possibility in urban areas, but the majority of hospitals in this area have a good amount of land.
emmsmommy, The Veterans home where I used to work was like that in it's beginnings over 100 years ago. The idea eventually went by the wayside. They grew all their own veggies, had a few animals, etc. When I worked there, the residents would grow veggies and sell them to the dietary department. I think that has gone away too. Regulations, etc. about food safety. It got so strict that even staff couldn't bring foods from home to share. Sad.
It would be nice to see the one you pictured restored!
This picture is from around 1919 and the remains are still standing. It's located on the grounds of the mental institution my grandma worked at from approximately 1968 to 1988. When my grandma started working there, the hospital was mostly self-sufficient and included a working farm which provided meat, eggs, milk and produce.
Uh oh. martywny 's gonna get a case of greenhouse envy and have to one-up that greenhouse.
Post by gardendmpls on Nov 30, 2021 9:07:42 GMT -5
Queens County Farm Museum preserves a farm with an interesting history. Started as a family farm in 1697, by 1908 it was the second largest farm and highest dollar value farm in Queens County. It became a large truck farm. In 1926 it was sold to the State and became part of Creedmore hospital:
"New York State purchased the farm in 1926 for Creedmoor State Hospital to use for rehabilitation of patients, growing fruits and vegetables for the kitchen at the hospital, and for growing ornamental plants and shrubs for the Creedmoor campus".
When I visited the farm museum, they said that at the time the theory was that working the land, being outdoors and growing and eating vegetables would improve the patients mental and physical health. The hospital knocked down all the original buildings except the farmhouse. They did build a large greenhouse, and I believe the one I saw there was a renovated version of that. Couldn't find a picture, though.
Post by breezygardener on Dec 1, 2021 15:04:20 GMT -5
I was disappointed to see that the few frozen geese at our Martin's supermarket have been snapped up. I hope they're planning on bringing in more. It's weird how they brought in a gaggle of frozen geese during the summer. Who the heck roasts a goose in summer??!! Especially here in nowhere Virginia.
I don't have room to store one in the freezer, so can't buy one any earlier than a week out from Xmas, so will have to ask in another week or so to see if they're planning on bringing more in for the holiday. Otherwise it probably will be a duck for us.
**My body is a temple - unfortunately it's a fixer-upper.**