Tag Archives: raising your own food

Homesteading–chipmunk style

I flipped the page on The Mister’s Northern Woodlands day calendar one-day last month and found myself staring at a diagnosis for my condition. It turns out I’m part chipmunk. “Chipmunks will store as much food as they can, sometimes much more than they could possibly use. They don’t have a stop button.” Right at […]

Bartering with jam

“I can’t feel my lips,” said The Mister. He was sitting across from me at the small kitchen work table, indulging in a midmorning break from farm chores and enjoying a slice of toast. Although toasted homemade bread is just fine by itself, it had occurred to him to up the ante when he remembered […]

The most challenging thing about growing your own–it’s not what you might think!

 The idea of growing and preserving your own food is intoxicating. Instead of buying packaged foods shipped from halfway around the globe, you can just stick some seeds in the ground, watch the plants come up, and there they are—the beautiful fruits of your labor. And then later in the season, it’s so exciting to […]

Glad for a change of scenery–but only for a while.

This is the time of year for wrapping up the harvest, putting the period at the end of the six-week-long sentence during which we sustainable-living types in Maine put up an entire year’s worth of food. That’s pretty astounding, when you think about it. Fifty-two weeks’ worth in just over a month. It crams a […]

Embracing the end of summer

I was out on a quiet walk in the back woods with Honey the Golden Retriever when a sudden loud noise shattered the morning stillness.   We both stopped dead in our tracks, taken aback by the unexpected sound. It took me just a fraction of a second to realize it was the honk of a […]

Late blight in central Maine

We had hog heart paste tomatoes planted again this year. The lady selling seedlings at the farmers’ market assured me in 2014 that once I tried hog heart, I’d never want anything else. She was right. So right, in fact, that we had four full flats of them planted in our main garden. The Mister […]

What’s in YOUR freezer?

  I don’t pretend to know what normal people do, having left the land of mainstream so long ago that I barely remember the topography.   I certainly would not presume to be an expert on what they keep in their freezers, either. But if I had to guess, I’d venture that it’s not the same […]

A Tale of Two Crucifers–or, how I wish I had fed my kids better food!

“Mom, did you know there are two kinds of kale?” I was talking to my son on the phone, who was enthusiastic about discovering new foods through his newly purchased farm share at his local farmers’ market. I indulged myself a slight sideways grin that I knew he wouldn’t see from his end of the […]

How to Spot a Prepsteader

“So what are these for, again…exactly?” asked The Farm Girl, her voice trailing off in what might have been an effort to conceal her amusement. “They’re for, uh, you know.” Her face told me she didn’t know. We were looking at two big square containers, each about three feet across and four feet tall, made […]