Changing Our Eating Habits

You may be overwhelmed with changing the way that you and your family eat. Your children may balk at a wholesale purging of the pantry. You may not have access to raw milk and free range meat, and your budget may not support buying organic foods.

My advice to you is simple.

Make one or two changes to your diet right now.

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Vegetables and Soil Quality

There’s a reason that we grow our garden in the same pen in which we keep cattle all winter. Did you know that the composition of the soil in which a vegetable is grown can alter it’s nutritional status? Plants grown in soil that is rich in humus and microbes will be more nourishing to…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

I recently subscribed to the Weekly Photo Challenge from the Daily Post. I thought of this photo when I read about this week’s prompt. This is one of my favorite photos from our farm. This was sunrise.

Corn, Corn, Corn, Corn, CORN!

When the garden starts bearing, it seems like there’s not much time for any extra pleasurable activity like writing, even though there is so much to tell about. The last week has been a flurry of picking veggies, washing them, preparing them for freezing or preserving, and cleaning up the kitchen one more time. Saturday,…

This week on the farm

It’s been so busy this week. Although we haven’t had much rain (just a sprinkling really) my corn is starting to come in. Currently in the freezer, I have about 20 bags of sweet corn. That’s a good start, but I am hoping to end up with about 60 bags altogether. However, there is still…

Planting Again

Last night, I ran the tiller over a bed in the middle of our orchard. At one time, this bed held strawberries. I’ve also grown tomatoes, and more recently, I grew a mass of zinnias in this bed. So far this year, it’s just been weeds. This bed is going to hold my fall veggies….

What do farmers do when they can’t sleep?

This morning, my husband had to get up at 2:30 for work. There’s been an emergency situation sort of ongoing for about 5 days. Today, in the wee hours of the morning, they were working toward the final lap of getting the situation resolved. Anyway, after he left, I just could not get back to…

Catfish

A couple of years ago, we stocked our farm pond with catfish, bluegill, and largemouth bass. My husband had visions of going fishing in the evenings after work with the kids. The year after we stocked the pond, we tried over and over to catch fish. Never got a single nibble. My husband thought that…

We Need Rain!

Things are really very dry here. It’s been weeks since we got a good rain. About a week ago a storm system came through. It hit all around us, but we didn’t get a drop of rain. I was sitting there watching the radar and groaning as the clouds of green made a gap over…

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Mostly, I’ve written on this blog about the natural, healthy, wholesome food that my family loves to eat. However, we’re not that dedicated to being food purists. We love an occasional treat. One thing that I love to make is PIE! I love pie. Love it so much. Pie of any kind is just amazing….

Dill Pickles

At my house, nobody likes fresh cucumbers. However, my family is crazy about dill pickles. Apparently, I make really good dill pickles. Oddly, I personally don’t care a bit for pickles of any kind. But I do love to feed my family and it’s much cheaper to grow my own cucumbers and make pickles for…