Preserving Food For Your Pantry and Freezer

It’s summer time and that means it’s time for preserving food for my pantry and freezer with all the good, garden produce available.  I love going to the local produce Amish auction.  It’s an amazing place to find bulk food for great prices in my area! 

The Plow Boy Auction is open from May to October each year.  The auctions are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 pm until around 5 to 6 pm.  The Amish bring their wagon loads of produce to be auctioned off.  The food is auctioned off in lots of all different sizes, some very large and some small.  Many CSA’s (community supported agriculture) groups, farmer’s markets and others attend to buy a large amount of produce for pennies on the dollar!  Many other home canners and serious pantry builders also buy large quantities of auction produce and bring it home to freeze and can up! 

Here’s what I came home with from my last produce auction trip and how I used it to build my pantry and freezer stockpile: 

$48 for hundreds of pounds of fresh garden produce!

  • 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 (42 lbs) $.10 cents a pound!
  • Bushel of Round ball zucchini (42lbs) $.10 cents a pound!
  • 1/2 bushel of yellow summer squash (20 lbs) $.10 cents a pound!
  • 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

Here are a series of posts on how I preserved the bulk food I bought from the Amish auction and the market:

  • Buying Local Produce:  The Plow Boy Auction
  • Preserving Food:  Freezing Corn
  • Shredded Zucchini and Freezing Corn
  • Preserving Food for the Pantry:  Canning Peaches
  • Canning Squash, Zucchini and Tomatoes
  • Canning Peach Jam
  • Canning for the Home Pantry
  • 2 comments on “Preserving Food For Your Pantry and Freezer

    1. Thanks for sharing this…I went there today and bought lots of good things to start “stocking” my pantry…  Thanks for the encouragment…I needed it!  Looking forward to putting things away for the winter!!

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