The Greenbacks Gal Agrarian Line

Did you see it? The new upscale Agrarian Line from a major retailer who shall remain nameless but begins with a “W” and ends with a “Sonoma”?

I am thrilled to see the real food at home movement has caught the attention of a retail giant. This is big peeps! We are no longer considered the fringe society. We are now mainstream. Happy Day!

The prices associated with becoming mainstream? How shall I put it? Well…chic but expensive comes to mind. And yet, I want them. They all look so pretty and perfect. So what’s a frugal gal to do?

INTRODUCING: The Greenbacks Gal Agrarian Line

Get the look and feel at a fraction of the price!

SPROUTER KIT

Start with seed sprouting. Instead of paying $17 for a kit…let’s not. You can sprout your own seeds with no special equipment required! Here I show you how to grow sprout microgreens. My current favorite seeds to sprout?

Cherry Belle Organic Heirloom Radishes or Gourmet Baby Greens Organic Heirloom Mesculan

In fact, check out all of Botanical Interests heirloom and organic seeds. I’m betting you’ll find something you’ll love for just a few dollars.

FRESH HERBS

You don’t need to pay over $12 for a fresh herb plant. What should you pay?

Fresh herbs

Add about .50 worth of burlap:

Basil in Burlap

TA-DA!!!! Not only did this cost me under $5, but I didn’t pay a shipping fee either. Winning!

KOMBUCHA AND FERMENTING SUPPLIES

Kombucha Starter Kit

Cultures for Health has a Kombucha Tea Starter for only $11.99. And if you don’t really know what you are doing, you can get their FREE ebooks when you sign up for their newsletter.

HEALTHY KITCHEN GADGETS

Food Mill

I found a Stainless Steel Food Mill on sale for only $34.95 at GreenCupboards – an eco-friendly retailer. That is a $15 savings! And they also have the Tribest 7 jar Yogurt Maker for only $39.95

Yogurt Maker

That’s another $10 in savings.

{Confession time here – I’d buy any of the KitchenAid accessories and not even blink at the price. Best gift my hubby could have bought me!}

CANNING AND PRESERVING

Ball Mason JarsI’m a fan of classic Ball Mason Jars – Made in America. They can be purchased almost anywhere. Why would I pay more for a foreign brand? If you can’t find them, you can purchase them through Target, they are eligible for FREE shipping if you spend $50.

BTW – Mangoes are cheap right now. It’s the perfect time to make my Mango Lime Jam – just beware of the hidden dangers of canning.

RAISED BED PLANTERS

GBGal Garden Onion Starts

I’ve got some suggestions on ways to save money on your garden. And I’ve used Craig’s List for Cheap Plants. However, I’m new to gardening, so my best resource for ways to save on gardens has been you my readers! You can see the start of my garden here- and I’ll be updating you on our quest to grow our own organic food soon! In the meantime – check out this Upcycle Idea for your garden. It’s my most popular post – and you can do it for FREE!

BOOKS

They have picked some of the BEST books ever for their Agrarian Line. I own so many of them. However, one I would add would be:

The Garden PrimerThe Garden Primer is one of my favorite gardening resources. To me, it embraces what I need, “Keep it Simple Stupid.” It has really great instructions that are easy to understand.

And, if you aren’t familiar with the cookbook they recommend -Super Natural Every Day – it is the cookbook from the blog 101 Cookbooks. Heidi has tons of FREE recipes on her site.

Honestly? Now that I’ve made this list, I feel like perhaps The Greenbacks Gal has been agrarian all along.  Think about it…I have raised beds – they want to start selling raised beds. I sprout my own microgreens – they have sprouting kits. I feel in love with canning last year – they have a whole section devoted to canning and preserving. What a minute…Super Natural Every Day is sitting on my cookbook stand right now…. MAKING MYSELF PARANOID NOW!

Seriously, “agrarian” is not what I ever thought I do here. But if they want to label it so, that’s cool. The difference will be – I think agrarian means a more frugal, down-to-earth lifestyle – not a trendy, expensive one.

What do you think?

And just FYI  – I’ve started a Real Food Resources Pinterest board I hope you’ll want to follow.

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Comments

  1. I made a sprouter out of a plastic parmesan cheese jar (drilled a 1″ hole through the bottom and put a tulle screen under the lid- so I could just rinse straight through it. It worked pretty well for me (though making that hole was not easy) for the past few years, but this year, I used the Gardens Alive coupon to by a sprouter. Since we’ve been eating more sprouts this year, the larger sprouter is working well for us.

    Also, I make yogurt in my crockpot (I make either 1/2 or 1 gallon at a time, we use a lot of yogurt) and let it culture overnight in the oven with the light on. I put a thermometer in there to check it, and once it’s warmed up, it’s just about 110 degrees. No need for a yogurt maker or even the towels & cooler anymore.

    Yay for cheap garden building! :-)
    It pains me when I read about the hundreds of dollars people think it costs to build a garden. A little effort and it can cost so very much less. I’m still holding out hope we’ll find a house soon and still get to garden this summer. Otherwise, we’re growing what we can in pots and shopping Farmer’s Market again. Growing at our rental house is tough b/c there’s a lot of shade.

  2. Amy – I hope you know I was talking about YOU when referring to great garden advice! :) I’m going to have to try the parmesan cheese jar – very clever. And I still haven’t made my own yogurt – but I really need to make that a goal of mine. Perhaps this summer? Andrea

  3. Why, thank you so much. I’m glad I could be of some help. :-)
    Just FYI, on that sprouter (which one day I will add to a post to my poor neglected blog), I used a hole saw to cut the bottom. I thought I could just use an exacto knife, until I tried it (though I may have run the containers through the dishwasher first and thickened the bottom- the dw shrinks them some), I don’t remember now, other than it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

    I had never considered making yogurt until a couple years ago, I saw a couple blog posts about it and directions in a magazine all in a couple of weeks. We use yogurt as part of the dogs’ diet (and I eat some of it too) and when I saw the crockpot directions, I decided to try it. I’ve made it on the stovetop too, but I prefer the lazier crockpot method, though it takes a lot longer overall. If you’ve never had homemade, I’ve found that it’s not as thick (unless you strain it) and the texture is not as perfectly smooth as store bought, but the flavor is better and you can play with the culturing time to get the flavor you like better. I can make a gallon of yogurt with organic (not ultrapasturized) milk for the cost of the milk and about $1 when I use a starter packet. I save 1/2 cup of each batch for the next batch, and use a starter packet every few batches. You can get the starter at Whole Foods for about $6, it’s in a yellow box with the eggs, at least that’s where it used to be at the one on Powers. :-) I picked a lot of wild blackberries & blueberries last fall and I made many many yogurt-berry smoothies for lunch this winter.

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