In our early years of gardening, we were able to eat fresh from our garden all during harvest season. Sure, there were often extra tomatoes to can, or broccoli to freeze, and even enough carrots to over-winter in the garden. The size of our garden has increased exponentially over the years and the goal now is to eat vegetables from our garden all year long. Yes, even fresh vegetables. Storing vegetables properly is essential.Continue Reading
No Running Water
There has not been a time when a beautiful lake has not been a part of my life. Growing up, my family spent every summer at a lake in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Swimming and hiking and wild berry treats were part of our daily routine.
That cottage is still in our family, but Mike and I also own a small place at another lake a little farther away. The cottage at Swago is much more rustic and does not have running water.Continue Reading
It’s always fun to get to check out a new book before the rest of the world sees it. And The Suburban Micro-Farm by Amy Stross was no exception. This gardening book really does cover it all, and there is plenty for both the beginner, and advanced gardener.
If you are living on a small plot of land, you’ll really appreciate Amy’s years of experience and wisdom in getting the most of every inch of your property. She’ll teach you how to build your soil, and to grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs.Continue Reading
Brian Thomas and Teri Page, the authors of The Backyard Bread & Pizza Oven eBook live off-grid with their two small children. They live in a tiny house with an outdoor bathroom, no running water, and just enough solar power to run a few appliances.
One might think that an off-grid life is one of deprivation. That food would be basic and boring. But the authors of this book prove that it’s anything but. With their homebuilt outdoor pizza oven, meals include home-baked bread, wood-fired pizza, roasted chicken and so much more.Continue Reading
More and more families are choosing to purchase beef directly from a local farmer. It’s important to them to know where their food is coming from, and how it is raised. For many of us, that can be an overwhelming task – we weren’t raised on a farm, and we don’t always know the terminology, much less what questions to ask.Continue Reading
The following article is written by Edwin Shank, one of my farmers. Be sure to visit Edwin’s website Your Family Farmer. He delivers milk, cheese, eggs, meat and more to numerous locations in PA, but even if you’re not in PA, the website has recipes for everything from cooking pastured meats to making kombucha. And be sure to check out ‘Fresh Thoughts’ where Edwin posts articles just as good as the one below.
Note: My husband asked me to remove the company name and product name from the post. I think you’ll understand when you read. You don’t need to know either to ask your grass-fed beef farmer about chemical herbicides, pesticides, parricides, antibiotics, larvacides, de-wormers and hormone implants.
Sometimes I feel like a double agent privy to inside information. Often it’s sensitive, potentially damaging information on chemical farming to which, if the “chem farm” folks were wiser, really shouldn’t allow me access. Especially since they should know who I am. You know, one of those lunatic, chemical-free, organic farmers! But they don’t seem to know. They keep sending the incriminating info straight to my desk.Continue Reading