Then & Now: The Care & Feeding of Turkeys

A friend recently gave me a facsimile copy of a fascinating little book that was published in London in 1780. It is The Farmer's Wife; or The Complete Country Housewife by Alex. Hogg. The book contains instructions for managing all types of poultry, hogs, and honey bees; as well as recipes for sausages, hogs-puddings, wines, "cyder," beer and [...]

By |2017-11-22T13:26:50+00:00June 13th, 2015|Heritage Livestock|0 Comments

Why Local Fruit is Awesome

Here are reasons why I love local fruit: It's delicious!  It just makes sense that fresh-picked, sun ripened fruit is going to taste better than fruit that was picked early, packed and shipped thousands of miles.  Local farms can also grow more delicate, but flavorful, varieties that may not be able to withstand shipping. It's healthy.  We [...]

By |2017-11-22T13:22:21+00:00June 6th, 2015|Homesteading|0 Comments

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year… Strawberry Season

When you eat seasonally, you begin to look forward to simple pleasures such as fresh picked asparagus and sun-ripened strawberries with childlike anticipation.  And for us, the ripening of the strawberries also marks the beginning of the season of "putting up" when we squirrel away food for the coming winter. We have hopes of expanding [...]

By |2017-01-30T16:44:56+00:00June 5th, 2015|Homesteading, Recipes|0 Comments