How local farms can help you save food, avoid shopping frenzy

Posted at 12:26 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 14:37:04-04

PUEBLO — If you haven't been able to cross canned goods or certain produce items off your shopping list, Pueblo farmers have a suggestion to ensure you never run out of what you need again.

Only recently did Mauro Farms catch a break from the shopping fiasco that emptied out grocery store shelves everywhere.

Folks quickly realized they could go to them to find things they didn't find at the store.

"Pinto beans, flour, sugar, eggs, cornmeal, oatmeal, onions, potatoes," said Carla Houghton, manager of Mauro Farms.
"That's the majority of the larger stuff people were calling about. Yeast, [too]."

At Milberger Farms down the street, you can find even more fresh produce.

"Onions, potatoes, pinto beans, your black eyed peas, all your dried beans, some frozen chiles," pointed out Shane Milberger, owner and operator of Milberger Farms.

But these farmers say, they can help you beat shopping frenzies by giving you food you can store ahead of time.

"Think about in the summer, when the vegetables are available, look into learning how to can some things," Houghton suggested.
"Possibly freeze more things than just the chile."

This way, you can find what you need right in your pantry.

"There's a lot of easy ways and methods to do some canning and freezing that they can stock up on things," Houghton noted.

"We have pantries and freezers for a reason," Milberger emphasized.
"[Shoppers] should come out to the farms and do more canning and more freezing so that if something like this ever happens again, we're all prepared for it."