Contributed by RL [caption id="attachment_2877" align="alignleft" width="150"] Freeze dried 1 Year Food Pak[/caption] This past week we had some free-lance writers visiting us at Rainy Day Foods. They were fascinated with our process of and the fact that we take freeze dried, dehydrated and dried food and package them into 6 gallon buckets and can them into #10 and #2.5 cans for long term food storage. The free-lance reporters from New York decided to come west to see and experience our part of the country. This visit was enlightening for all of us here and for our New York guests as well, or at least we hope. The concept of storing food for later use is very foreign to them. The writers live in an apartment above a store that has all of their daily needs. They have never been without power for an extended period of time and when there is an impending storm the media gives them a week heads up to get ready so they do not have any real problems. We spoke of winter and snow removal, snow gets deep in New York as well as here, that requires plowing which is done by the city of New York by driving snow plows up the middle of the road throwing the snow to the sides and burying the cars. So it takes a little time to dig the cars out but all is good. Then the plows come back when everyone has moved their cars by shoveling the snow back into the street so they can get out then the snow plows return and push the snow back where the cars had been parked. So why have a 1 or 2 person 72 hour kit when things square up in a day or so? Why have a 2 month food unit for those possible longer events? Some reasons are weather related events but others range from economic to personal belief and faith based. Of course you hear of those who get injured or laid off for extended periods of time who could have used a standard 1 year unit to help out. ( In this world today we never know what is coming next; snow, flood, war, power outage, drought, accident, reversal of our status quo (job loss), disease, earthquakes. Its all here for us to see by just reading and watching the news. We buy car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, health insurance and save money to help us in our times of need, if and when, they occur. Why shouldn't we also insure ourselves with food storage. It's easier to get and maintain. Think of the peace of mind if we had a Freeze Dried Deluxe One Year Unit to back us up in a dark hour of need. ( Most states are advising that everyone should keep at least a 3 day supply of essential food and emergency supplies because they need at least that long to mobilize in order to get to us when disaster strikes. Even here in the valley there are days in the winter that one may not be able to travel from one end to the other because of the strong winds and white-out conditions that can happen during a winter snow storm. Most homes have a secondary heating system in case the power goes out during one of these storms. The story is often told by the locals of how a storm moved in one winter and the roads were blocked for a week! Neighbors with snow machines ran to town to get supplies for other neighbors who had run out of some basic supplies. Do we need food storage? What do you think? Even today our country, and the world for that matter, is in a drought due to the heat this summer( which drought appears to get worse with each passing day. Are we prepared with stored water or even a lockdown bucket? Here in the United States we are not immune to drought. ( Of course we have seen drought before and really never know how long it will last. Droughts have always lead to higher food prices and production cost for farmers and ranchers just like a snowball effect. Being prepared goes back a long way. Aesop wrote in his day about the “Ants and the Grasshopper”; ”One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat. "What!" cried the Ants in surprise, "haven't you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?" "I didn't have time to store up any food," whined the Grasshopper; "I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone." The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust. "Making music, were you?" they cried. "Very well; now dance!" And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work. Morale: There's a time for work and a time for play.” As life happens every day we never know what is going to happen if we can get or receive help, in our hour of need which will always remain a question “... if ye are prepared ye shall not fear” Good advice for each of us today. 'Til next time RL