Some years we’re preserving fresh food we didn’t grow.
Some years you just can’t rely on your own farm — large or small — to produce foods for preserving. But, you can still gather the season’s best to freeze, can or dry for the long winter ahead. And, one year we found ourselves in that boat. If you’re seeking information on harvesting and preserving, be sure to join our online Academy for lessons in planting, harvesting, cooking, and preserving the season’s best!
The year we moved, we missed out on harvesting, but preserving still happened!
It wasn’t that our crops failed. Rather, we just didn’t plant much in the way of a seasonal veggie garden. We were just too busy preparing our home for sale, buying a new home, packing, moving, repairing, unpacking & all that jazz — all in the midst of the annual seeding, sowing, and early harvesting window. So there we were in August with just a few potted peppers and tomatoes, a single container with cucumbers, several potted herbs, and a new field filled with enough blackberries to take over the world and feed an army.
Fortunately, we moved to farm country!
And, that means we have access to no-spray, locally grown, often organic (or at least transitional) foods, picked fresh from small farms. In fact, we’re pretty much eating a 20-mile diet comprised of locally grown produce, fish, grass-fed meats, dairy, and even eggs from our neighbor across the field next door.
But, about the only thing we’ll be preserving from our own garden this year is those blackberries!
If your garden failed you or you just didn’t get around to planting it…
It’s never to early to discuss bulk buys with your favorite local farmers for your eating and preserving needs. If you don’t live in farm country like we do, visit your farmer’s market and ask about placing preserving orders. Many farmers will be happy to discount bulk buys, and if they offer better prices on their seconds, don’t snub the opportunity. Just get those very ripe goodies home and into your belly, canner, dehydrator or freezer right away.
Is preserving food is new to you?
Every year planting time rolls around again.
So, it’s never too early to begin planning your future garden. When you sign up for our online Academy, we’ll empower you to design, plant, harvest, prepare and preserve all the goodness you’ve ever dreamed of growing. In fact, we even put together printable food garden design layout plans so you can dig right in immediately.