Here’s a picture of one of our raspberry beds for those looking for ways to include fruit in their yard. This bed is between the driveway and our vegetable garden. Raspberry vines do not take up much space, and the black raspberries in this bed are thornless.
We found this fence post plus another one in our yard when we moved in. Both are being used for raspberry supports. The cross piece is where my husband attached small eye hooks for the metal wire. At the other end, he used a piece of scrap metal to create the needed tension since the wire fence bends easily.
These raspberries easily run $4.99 in the store when they’re in season. I have 5 or 6 bags left in the freezer from last year, plus several jars of canned juice. I just need some time to make more jelly.
Recently Kitchen Stewardship had a post on the Dirty Dozen as part of her Mission Monday. It was so helpful to hear someone else talk about their choices for their family in terms of nutrition and the budget. I was feeling a little bad for buying the New Jersey strawberries yesterday. However, since they are local compared to the ones coming from California and Florida, and it’s hard to find large quantities of organic strawberries within a half hour drive of home, it’s the best choice I could make for my family. Strawberries are in season, and I do want my children to eat healthy foods.
I’m still struggling a bit with the cost of meat, but the comment posted yesterday was very helpful. I think it’s one of those areas that I just need to keep working at until we find something that works for our family. In the meantime, I’ll trust in the promise of the meal blessing that God will protect my family while I keep striving for better food at a price we can afford.