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Comin' 'Round the Home Stretch

“We’re eating these. Today.” I thaw a salmon steak, shake frozen green peas into a bowl, and toast a tray of pecans. "Finishing strong, finishing strong," comments Jeff as he sees our December feasts appear in the kitchen. With only a week to go in our year-long hand-harvested food challenge, this is no time to hoard treats. I am tired of letting our tastiest food go stale. Freezing is no guarantee of long-keeping flavor. Canned food is notoriously long-lived but isn’t exactly improving in storage, either. Dried food will keep you alive for years but again, isn’t gathering nutrients along the way. I have faith that the next season of vegetables will come from the garden soon, with jus

Who is Next Year's Garden Manager?

More of 2017 is behind us than in front of us. This has brought up some fierce questions about how, why, or if to continue our hand-harvested Food Challenge. Back in the summer, Daniel said, “I want to keep going with our challenge in 2018.” “Oh, so you’re volunteering to be garden manager next year?” I retorted, hands on hips. “I busted my butt to grow all that food, and I might have a few other plans for my life besides doing that again.” In November, though, with a front hall rack full of delicious squash and spring’s toil a distant memory, continuing our challenge seems like a lovely idea. We won’t be as strict about it—eating with other people will be fine—but I got used to the idea

Buns of Silver

Months ago, I ordered a few American Chinchilla rabbits from a rabbit breeder I met at a rabbit show. Yes, there is such a thing as a rabbit show. Since the breeder is from Canada, I figured she might as well bring the rabbits when she came to a show here. The catch? Daniel and I planned to host Fall Foods FireFest that day, a celebration of tasty foods cooked over a fire. A bucket of clamshells awaited anyone who wanted to try to cook an egg in one. Senia had a bunch of white-hot rocks ready to drop into a pumpkin to make soup. Daniel made a rubble rocket stove in the backyard to cook a tasty stew, plus roast beets and veggies in the cob oven. Lucas had a whole menagerie at his camp

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