Sunday, July 5, 2009

Food for thought.

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

These days food seems to be at the forefront of my mind. Whether it is driving six hours to see Food, Inc., obsessing over my garden, ritual trips to the Farmers Market, wanting to put every last scrap to use, or planning to store enough to eat local/organic produce all winter long.

My wonderful husband gave me a pressure canner for my birthday; I am adding ten beds to my garden for a fall harvest; I am ordering a worm bin for winter composting; I attended workshops on seed saving, year-round gardening, and root cellaring; I have been pouring over books on preserving the bounty; and this week I ran across some web resources worthy of adding to my super-hero arsenal.

I was lucky enough to see Food, Inc. and encourage anyone remotely close enough to a showing to go. I had planned on doing a post about it, but when I read Katrina's post at Kale for Sale, well, she took the words right out of my mouth.

I live right next door to a large Pick Your Own strawberry patch. In June the smell is heavenly, heavy and sweet. I have been happily picking away; enjoying fresh strawberries, Strawberry Ice, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry topping on ice cream, Strawberry jam, and now thanks to Abbie over at Farmer's Daughter, Strawberry Fruit Leather. This is great for those who prefer to make jelly and have a lot of usable fruit pulp left over.

This winter I checked out Mel Bartholomew's All New Square Foot Gardening from the library and instantly became a fan. My in-ground garden is already sectioned into raised beds, so it was not hard for me to get behind this method. The ten new beds in progress will all be above-ground square foot gardens. Then this week I stumbled across and became enthralled. What a find!

Along the same lines was another great find. I think I got from one to the other, but do not remember how or in which order. This site is chocked full of information. In addition to the main blog, "fun with food storage", there are three sister blogs divided into "plan it", "buy it", "eat it". For anyone new to the world of food preservation - like me - their newsletter is a treasure trove of information.

Anyone else have food storage/preservation links to suggest? I want to gain as much knowledge as possible before the fall harvest.

7 comments: said...

I envy the fact that you live next to a patch! Great blog - am looking forward to reading many many more posts.

Farmer's Daughter said...

Glad you like the fruit leather! My husband can't wait for peach season to try peach leather.

The Mom said...

I could have written this post. This is such a crazy, busy and fun time of year. We run around like squirrels making sure we're all set for the winter.

Green Bean said...

Love the link! Cool stuff. BTW, have you used your pressure canner yet?? I've had mine since last summer and am still too chicken.

greeen sheeep said...

Upon-Request - The only problem living next to the patch is that I have to pass the bakery to get to it. Sometimes I don't know which smells better: strawberries or donuts?

Farmer's Daughter - peach leather sounds equally delicious!

The Mom - This time of year does seem to pass too quickly. I always think if I could just squeeze in a little more.

Green Bean - I used my pressure canner once - to boil corn on the cob. Not really its intended purpose, but it was the largest pot I had. Once the farmers market gets into full swing I will be testing the waters. It can't be that bad, right?

kale for sale said...

Honestly I want to jump up and down and hound every one I know to see Food Inc. but instead I'm casually mentioning it but being kind of quiet about it. It's not easy so thanks for also being excited about the movie too. And for the link. And for the opportunity to jump and down a little.

JessTrev said...

Great links - looking fwd to hearing more about your pressure canning experiences.


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