When it came time to butcher the rabbits he's raised this summer, he invited me over.
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I had ideas of producing pounds upon pounds of produce to put away for the winter after I'd enjoyed them all summer long. Well, I have enjoyed peas, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and basil, but definitely not enough to “put up.” I kept waiting to get enough of one thing to can, freeze, or dry — but it just never happened.
This week I finally learned the most amazing thing about gardening as a grocery supplement:
You need a whole lot less of one thing to can than you might think.
I’m freshly showered, wearing my bathrobe, sipping my coffee on the back steps, when the turkey tom decides it’s time for some lovin' on an injured hen.
I grab a badminton racket and run barefoot across the yard to swat the 45-pound Kentucky Bourbon Red tom off her, bathrobe flapping to reveal all. This is what I call a “farm moment.”
You have now decided that you want chickens — but you don't know where to start. Before you make the leap into raising backyard poultry there are some things you need to consider.
My husband and I took on a challenge: we aren't buying food at grocery stores or restaurants for a year. That also means no chain coffee shops. I had to find an alternative.
I started out as a mycophobe, picking mushrooms off pizza and turning up my nose at cream of mushroom soup. But once I started growing my own I discovered a wide world of delicious flavors.