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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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At one time everyone ate local. Now it's trendy again and that's a good thing. Here in New England the number of small farms is actually growing. Young people are getting into farming. I like having local produce, eggs, and meat. When the farmer's market is open they get most of my grocery dollars.

As much as I love local foods, there are some things that just are not available locally. For me, citrus fruit is a big one. We've got other things like pears and apples, but a nice ripe orange has always been a treat. One nice thing about wintering in Florida is that eating local down there means citrus. Nothing beats picking fruit right off the tree and popping them in my mouth.

Another thing sadly lacking in the local foods department is coffee. Worse than that, there are no local plants, as far as I can figure out, that contain caffeine. There is an old French Canadian tradition of starting the day with a shot of home made whiskey, but coffee works better for me. Unfortunately, coffee comes from a long ways off.

Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world. Even in a petroleum scarce world, it would still pay to transport coffee by sailboat. After all, that's how it used to travel. Coffee is a excellent trade item. People want it and it ships well, no refrigeration needed.

I bet citrus could travel pretty far up the coast in the hold of a sailboat before going bad. Of course, if that's how it was shipped, it'd be a rare treat for most people. It wasn't all that long ago when getting an orange in one's Christmas stocking was a big deal. Those days could come back again.

Even if there was a world wide oil shortage and major shipping shutdown, some things could still get though the old fashioned ways.

-Sixbears

11 comments:

  1. There's a new business enterprise for you...

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    1. There's no telling what adventures the future will bring. :)

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  2. You are a woodsman.You should know about American Ginseng. Genseng is a Adaptogen that anti-stress and wakes you up and gets your motor hunning without the stress of coffee. And it grows in woods and can be transplanted to grow in your plot in woods.

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    1. I know about it and have used it. Sadly, I still like the buzz of coffee.

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  3. Maybe you can grow a couple of dwarf citrus trees in moveable containers. I'm in south Texas in RGV (big time citrus crops) and know nothing of container growing but it may be worth investigating if you enjoy citrus that much.

    https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/tips-and-advice/growing-dwarf-citrus/in-containers.html

    For us, apples would be a very scarce item in a grid down scenario.

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    1. I'd probably just learn to live without. It would take too much care to try and keep them alive though the winters.

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  4. I'd like to skipper one of those trading schooners!

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    1. Wouldn't that be the life? Bet the GPS system would also go down so it'd be old style navigation.

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  5. Six Bears I would like to send you a private email message. Would you post your email address?

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  6. THERE ISA TREE IN PENNSYLVANIA AT LEAST THAt the indians called the wake up tree.
    somehow a brew was made of some part of it. it is caffeinous. what the species name is i know not.
    i read about it somewhere years ago.
    if you research it you may find something easily now that there is an internet.
    deb h.

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