I started out using pork chops I had stored up from almost a year's worth of play, then when most of those ran out, I began to rely upon my wheat farms. Initially I had two in the castle, one producing 39 wheat per harvest, the other 26, and the one next to the house, which produced 32 wheat per harvest. I recently added a 4th farm at my northern base, which produces 48 wheat per harvest. I can make 48 loaves of bread in all, so I need never kill another cow, pig or chicken.
Even if I run out of wheat, there's still chicken pens at each location. I have gotten well over 5 stacks worth of cooked chicken from my experiments with thrown eggs. Such a farm can get quickly out of hand - having over 30 chickens roaming in a given area can cause serious lag.
Plus I keep finding bread in dungeon and mineshaft chests. I've found as many as 10 loaves in one chest (which also had 6 coal and 3 iron ingots.)
I don't know how you people are finding watermelon everywhere. I usually hunt, especially because animals are everywhere with my high Mo Creatures spawn rate. But I'm working on a big wheat farm in my current save.
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