My uncle in the mid-West sends a weekly crop report. Apparently this year unless the crops are irrigated, they aren't getting much production from them at all. A lot of the milo isn't being harvested because it didn't produce. He also mentioned a corn field on a "deep well" as doing okay but it seems some of the shallow wells either aren't producing as much or not at all. They track the moisture by tenths of an inch and there hasn't been much and the temperatures have been astronomical.
There should be some seeds in the mail today, so perhaps later today I'll be planting scarlet runner beans along the fence lines. They should be pretty as well as have some lovely beans to eat. I think instead of a traditional garden, we will be doing a lot of edible landscaping here since the yard is smaller.
There are always the lima - cousin to the kudzu - beans. Technically, the ones I planted awhile back were a "Christmas Lima" since the beans are large white beans with big red splotches on them, but this plant made huge long vines that tried to eat the shed. They produce, though. Four individual beans produced over a five gallon bucket of limas. However, you then gotta find folks who want to eat lima beans. The festive red splotches turned gray-green to match the rest of the cooked lima bean. They were a bit tough, too, although the flavor was okay. I may try a different variety of lima bean since once they are established, they just keep producing for several years.
For stretching the food budget, we've gone away from the main-stream retail outlets. The Filipino vegetable and bakery stores have great deals on produce. Not as much selection, but inexpensive on what they do have. Buying directly from the folks who produce it gets a better product although not always a less expensive product, especially when buying things such as meats. Although, it is a lot less expensive than the same high-end meat would be at the grocery so I guess we are eating better at the same cost. We also buy in bulk and in the food co-op and pretty much only buy stuff that is on sale. It is a rare thing that we go out to shop with a shopping list of specific ingredients. It is also a rare thing that we purchase already prepared and ready to eat food.