The Drought and Our Food

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I’m sure that everyone is familiar with the fact that over 50% of the United States. I’ve seen several news reports that indicate we can expect grocery prices to increase 3-5% on average.

I’m noticing that even many of the things I buy from local people are increasing. My grass fed beef is going up, I fully expect to have an increase in my cow share (I pay room and board on a cow that I share with others),  buying feed for our own chickens has went up lots as has the small amount of hay that we buy to use for them. Plus we’ve even had a hard time finding hay! I did not receive the wheat I ordered with my last Azure Standard order and wonder if I will receive it next time.  Also something interesting is the big game hunting tags here in Wyoming, the radio has mentioned several times that all big game leftover tags are ‘sold out’.  Fortunately, my husband and daughter both got their antelope draws and there are still plenty of doe tags for antelope and deer so we can fill up our freezer. I do have to wonder though if the drought is part of the reason the tags sold out so quickly.

Have you noticed similar increases in your area?  Do you have a plan for altering your diet with the price increases/shortages or will you just adjust your budget to accommodate for it? 

At this point we don’t have a definite plan but do have a few ideas.  And I am happy that we have some food storage.  Buying food in advance is a good hedge against price increases and shortages. We are also fortunate to live in an area where we have a good amount of deer and antelope to put in our freezer and/or pressure can.  We are in the process of using up the rest of last years game and chickens in preparation for refilling.  We are raising ducks and chickens also (for eggs and meat) which we had started early before we knew there was a drought.  Even though the cost to raise them has increased significantly we’ll still have a good amount.  The bad thing is I had hoped to increase the size of our laying flock this year and now think that might not be a good idea.  We’ll have to decide just how many chicken and ducks it will make sense to keep over the winter.  So that is pretty much where we are. No firm decisions yet, mostly just a wait and see time.


Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at


  1. Andi

    I have noticed it too… however I was hoping to increase our grain and have not done that yet… please share with us your ideas!

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      Hi Andi,

      Hope you and your family are well! I’ve thought of you often.

      I hate to admit that my ideas are limited. But I’ll share what were are planning in future posts. In a nutshell, the plan is to diversify. Hopefully that way we can at least get some of what we need. At this point it doesn’t just seem to be a price issue but also an availabilty issue. If it is bad now I wonder if it might get worse later…

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