Showing posts with label food saving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food saving. Show all posts

05 September 2014

and onions are in!

Our copra storage onions did really well this year!
The whole family helped with the harvest and we'll have more than enough for the winter and to sell to our local co-op.  
The cover crop is already coming up and only the leeks are left in that section of the field.  
Starting to look like a fall garden.

26 June 2014


It's that time of year again... the time to gorge ourselves on fresh strawberries while they are in season in Vermont!  Once again, I didn't pick these 40 pounds, I bought them from this lovely farmstand.  It just isn't worth my time for the (relatively) small difference in cost when I have 4 kids in tow (two of whom can help and two of whom will probably toddle/run out of the field!).

We froze about 20 pounds, canned up 17 jars of jam and ate the rest (shortcake for dinner, twice!) ;)
We may head back to pick a few more quarts before the season ends.

08 January 2014

in the kitchen (from the garden)

Tried out this recipe from the Moosewood Restaurant New Classics (which I just got from paperbackswap!)
Of course (like usual) I had to tweak a few things.  
I didn't have a lime and I used frozen cilantro (from the garden).
I used butternut squash (bartered from a friend's garden in the fall) instead of sweet potatoes.
I didn't have any rice, so I used millet.
I used frozen spinach (that I picked last fall and froze)
and I was out of cornmeal and used our 5 grain mix.
it was so delicious that I had to post it.  Enjoy!

04 November 2013

What's up

Our high tunnel froze last week, so we processed the last of our tomatoes for the year.
We also just finished working through several bushels of apples that Adam picked from a neighbor's trees.  (We're up to 145 quarts of food saved so far with some beets waiting to be processed this week).

We are still harvesting greens, cabbages, leeks and broccoli and have started going to a small farmers' market on Friday evenings.

I'm busy trying to squeeze in some crafting for a large craft fair at the end of the month.

We are enjoying evenings in front of the woodstove...reading, playing, knitting...
slowing down.  

03 July 2013

while they sleep

We don't grow strawberries on our farm, 
but I managed to get some this week from this lovely farmstand.
(and no, I don't attempt to pick with the four kids...honestly, I haven't picked since I've had M...someday I won't have a toddler who is constantly on the run!) ;)

Because of all of the rain, they were pretty soft and needed to be processed--
so while the family slept, I chopped and cooked and canned and froze (hence the awful lighting in the late night photos)

I love my sleep, but it's amazing what you can get done in the quiet of the night.

18 March 2013

mexican chili beans

Adapted from one of our favorite cookbooks, More with Less.

Soak overnight (we like to soak for 18-24 hours and then rinse well):
1 lb beans (the recipe calls for kidney beans, but we use our hutterite and jacob's cattle and also love it with black beans)
2 qts water

Bring to a boil.
Simmer just until tender, about 40 minutes.

Saute in olive oil:
2 cups onions, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2-4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
3/4 cup tomato paste
1 cup tomato sauce (we use our pureed canned tomatoes)

Simmer 15 minutes.
Drain and rinse beans.  
Add beans to the tomato mixture and add water as needed.  
Cook for at least an hour.

We love to eat this with rice and sour cream.  Some of the boys enjoy tortilla chips with it.  Sometimes we'll add veggies to it (we added finely chopped carrots this time because we have so many carrots left in storage).  In the summer, it's delicious served on fresh greens.

25 February 2013

shelling beans

Adam and the boys just shelled our dry beans from this summer. 
We grew hutterite and jacob's cattle beans.  
I'll post another picture of the beans (and a recipe or two) soon!