Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
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In terms of any of the following categories (or more that you think are relevant to this site), who do you buy from at least once per year or so? If you buy from large retailers such as Amazon, don't list that but rather list what PRODUCT BRANDS you prefer.
I have recently purchased from Annie's Heirloom Seeds. I've also purchased Coconut oil and from Tropical Traditions and I bought Fermented Cod Liver Oil from Green Pastures Products, Inc.
Nearly every thing else we purchase locally buying directly from farmers or growing it ourselves. Clothing is slowly being converted to items I spin, weave and sew myself. I knit an average of a pair of socks a month and they last for many years.
We have bought organic heirloom seeds from Botanical Interest which were displayed in our favorite organic grocery market. Otherwise, I would have ordered them from Southern Seed Exchange. We have also bought gardening supplies from the General Store which is an Ace Hardware, Big R, and a local landscaping supply place. We subscribe to Mother Earth News, Hobby Farms, Countryside, and Organic Gardener. We purchase food from several really great farmers markets in towns nearby, and have two organic grocers we frequent as well. After trying raw milk, I decided I would wait to drink it until I was the one cleaning the udders. For now, we drink Organic Valley milk. We try to buy meat and cheeses from local farms as much as possible. Not sure where we'll end up getting our tractor or fencing and fencing supplies from. Wood burning furnace was kumba out of Minnesota. Animals will be purchased locally.
I always try to buy local or from a small business. When my garden isn't supplying me with enough produce I shop at the local Farmer's Market.
Trees: I've ordered fruit trees from Stark Bros. for years - always high quality.
Seeds: I primarily order seeds from Johnny's Select, Territorial, and Baker Creek. I've ordered from Parks and Burpee in the past, but they don't have as many OP seeds as the others, and are rather pricey. I save some of my OP seeds myself, like beans, but corn is too much trouble, so I order corn every few years.
Lumber and building materials: Lowes & Home Depot; local lumber yard when possible
Tractor: Case New Holland
Magazines: Grit, Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News