Wow, thanks for all the great replies so far! It's good to know that what I'm doing is on track with other wise mommas' choices ;)
Today, I hit up 3 grocery stores and got:
5# dry udon
5# red rice
5# sweet black rice
5# brown rice
abt20# dry beans including red, white, black, adzuki, mung, garbanzo, red lentil
2 big jars honey
3 bottle olive oil (I know can spoil, but our garage is cold even in summer, and it solidifies in cold temp, so I'm not too worried about it)
4 whole chickens, frozen ($7/each! natural)
6# feta (I freeze it and notice no texture problems)
big bag of turbinado sugar
I felt like some crazy food hoarder, but I want to stock up on the staples now and get to a place where we only need freshies by the week.
I'm going to go back and get more frozen whole chickens, because that is a really good price, and we do have the space in our chest freezer. Also will get big jar coconut oil (will keep in fridge) and lots of sea salt. Oh! and Pomona's Pectin and lemon juice.
vinegar: cheap white for cleaning, raw acv for eating, would like a stash of balsamic and rice, too
tea herbal, black, jasmine
baking soda, powder, yeast
Our garden is in the soil, but it's my first year, so I'm not going to count on it for feeding my family, just for supplementing and hope that we have a bounty crop! We're growing lots of beans and greens and a couple of salsa plots. I'm also trying for purple potatoes, but as I said, I'm not going to have huge expectations for the garden since this is my first year.
I'm hopefully getting chickens this weekend! I don't know how we're going to put together a coop, but it will work out. Our urban chicken limit is 6. I don't know if we'll get the full 6 or just 4, but we do go through a lot of eggs, so I think more is better in this case.
Checking out some leads on a herd share for milk and going to follow up with farmers about getting a side of beef or other meat. We are also paying for a CSA share even though it's pricy upfront because we went through the same farm last year, and it was awesome!! We ended up paying about $35/wk but taking home easily $75 worth in produce every week.
It feels good to know that we are getting lined up on food for the coming year!