Despite being very pregnant, I took my 8 children to the Plow Boy Produce auction, a local amish produce auction, to see if we couldn’t find a deal on some bushels of green beans. Last year, I was able to can a lot of our own home grown green beans but, unfortunately, this year the few green bean plants that survived the piglet garden invasion aren’t doing anything but wilting over and dying on me. In the end, we didn’t get any green beans at the auction this time…but we came home with other amazing deals!
We arrived as the big lots were being auctioned off by the wagon load. The Amish men and boys would drive their team of mules with their wagon load of food to be auctioned off through the middle of the large auction barn as people were standing on both sides eyeing the produce. The auctioneer would announce the lots of food that were being auctioned off, the minimum amount of bags or boxes you were bidding on and the starting price. Then the excitement started!
Finally, after my 10 year old bid on 100 watermelons and my 4 year old knocked over a bushel of cucumbers….some smaller lots came up for bid. When I wasn’t distracted by people tapping me on the shoulder asking if all those kids were mine and telling me stories about how they came from a family of 6 or 8 or more…I was able to bid on a ton of food for my family for very little money!
Here’s what we brought home:
- 5 bags of fresh sweet corn picked that morning and that were pesticide free and non-gmo for $6 a bag. That’s 250 lbs of corn!
- 20 lbs of tomatoes for $3.00!!! That’s $.15 cents a pound! Wow!
- Bushel of Italian zucchini squash (42lbs)
- Bushel of Round ball zucchini (42 lbs)
- 1/2 bushel of summer yellow squash (20lbs)
- Peck of purple hull peas for $3 (10 lbs)
- 6 lbs of potatoes for $1
- 10 pounds of yellow squash for $.25 cents!! (That was basically free squash! Everyone had enough squash I guess)
- Pint of cayenne peppers for $.15 cents.
It was an exciting day getting all that food for $48 bucks!
I’m hoping to continue to visit the auction this summer and see if I can’t stock my freezer and stocking my pantry with good, wholesome, non-gmo, real local food, for less!
This week I’m going to be blogging about how I’m putting all this food up in my pantry and freezer! Stay Tuned…I have lots to post!!!!!
Here are the links to the blog posts about how I’m preserving this food for my freezer and pantry: