Despite her family's hesitations, there is evidence that the sluggish economy, rising food, fuel prices and uncertainty about the future have triggered a movement toward conservation and self-sufficiency.
As a result of the recession, people are staying closer to home. In March, U.S. airlines saw passenger traffic fall by 10 percent, and Americans have driven fewer miles for the past 14 consecutive months.
The National Gardening Association says 7 million households will plant vegetable gardens this year, up 19 percent from last year.
Breault gets most of her food from Cedar Hill Farm, a local farm in Bennington, Vt., tended to by Lisa MacDougall and Chuck Currie.
"We try to grow everything from artichokes to zucchini," Currie said.
MacDougall gave the rest of the farm's grocery list. "Strawberries, eggplant, red peppers, leaf lettuce, spinach, onions, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, celery, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage."
Since ABC News sat down for an interview with Breault earlier this month, she was laid off. That means she'll have to cut back even more -- eliminating some of the few frills, like juice, she still indulges in.
"I get myself a treat every once in a while," she said. "I don't feel guilty about it, I just think I don't need to do it anymore and that'll stop with my job loss."
Breault sees unemployment as a good thing -- an obstacle that will force her to become even more self-reliant. Eventually, she hopes to sustain herself entirely from fruits and vegetables grown on her own lawn.
"It's been probably the most difficult years of my life, but I feel like I've come through and I'm really in a good place," she said. "I'm happier, I'm healthier, I feel better, I have a good relationship with my grandchildren. ... I'm in a much better place now."