Canning Broth – The Practice of Everyday Economy

On of my favorite ways to practice everyday economy is canning broth.  This year post-Thanksgiving turkey was $0.19/lbs.  It’s hard to be more economic than that.  But unless it’s a holiday I’m not actually going to roast a whole turkey, so I part them out in sections to re-freeze, then all the leftover bits go…

Pond Landscaping Update

It’s amazing how much can get done with the right machines and people.  We’ve been able to take advantage of the mostly nice weather to get a lot of work done around the pond, and it is about done.  You can now drive all the way around the pond, and park and fish if you…

How To Make Perfect Homemade Bread

So, I know a lot of you are trying to make your own bread at home this week.  I know because I always buy 25 pounds of flour when I shop and where is the flour now? Gone, gone, gone.  No flour in the store.  So now that you have a 25 pound sack of…

The First Greens Of Spring

We cheated really, it’s not quite first greens of spring season, but it is our first harvest from the new high tunnel!  Our flattest piece of land was already a natural yellow dock bed.  Under the warm and sunny high tunnel that dock has taken off and was ready for harvest early this year.  I…

Spring on the Farm!

It’s finally Spring again!  Spring starts our “busy season” on the farm.  The truth is we’re still pretty busy in the winter, especially because every job we do from caring for animals, to moving dirt, or just dressing children, takes 400 times longer in the cold mud.  Every winter I wonder why we don’t live…

Shuck Beans to Soup Beans

Now that the canning is done, we can turn our minds to the dry, yellowed beans we sorted out of the pile in the beginning.  They won’t go to waste.  If you were planning to grow beans to use for soup beans you would leave them on the plant until they, and the plant were…

Planning and Preparation – Green Bean Canning, Part 1

The first, and most essential step to enjoyable and effective canning, is planning and preparation.  I did not grow up canning, I grew up being told that home canned food would kill you, quickly, violently, and mysteriously.  This is absolutely true, poorly canned food can kill you.  Thankfully, canning isn’t an art, it’s a science. …

We Can Green Beans, and You Can Too!

There has been a huge resurgence in canning lately.  Perhaps it is a desire to get closer to the land again, or to embrace our old fashioned values and culture, or maybe it is simply a greater desire for healthy, homegrown food.  Whatever the reason, more and more people want to learn how to can…