Are We Prepared?

It snowed last night. Not a lot, but enough to make you sit up a little straighter and realize that winter is right around the bend.  Summer foods are really and truly gone, and we are enjoying the first of several months of storage crops and preserved items.  Our challenge might be over, but we are still pretty dedicated to locavorism. So, are we, as locavores, really ready for winter? Let us take a quick look-see.

We did some canning:

This is our "sample shelf" with one jar of each thing we canned this year, plus a few special gift jars and one-off experiments

We did some drying:

Raisins

Tomatoes

Pears

Apples

We did some freezing:

Cider reduction

Our smaller freezer (of two)

We have storage crops, and are going to get a full share of grain from our grain CSA:

Some of our winter squash - how can you say no to 40 pounds of winter squash for $35.00?

Lovely braided garlic

And lastly: we have good cooks and good cookies:

Ricotta chocolate chip cookies.

With all of this, and all of the stuff we have put aside that I didn’t/couldn’t show, our deep winter share, winter farmer’s markets and a few more bulk orders of onions, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and other sundries, we should be fat by the end of winter.

BLOG NOTIFICATIONS:

We are not dead yet, but the blog sort of fell off of the radar for a few months.  We are going to really try to post once or twice a week from here on. Also, for the sake of storage space on the blog, we might be editing/changing/deleting some things to pare down our space usage.  If you look at all of our summer stuff, the pictures are ENORMOUS.  We are going to try to cut a lot those down to size over the next few months, so let us know if anything funky happens or a favorite post disappears.

Thanks all! Bring on winter!

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One Response to Are We Prepared?

  1. WOW! I am so impressed. It’s all so pretty (and, yes, very prepared). I got a canning kit (hey, I’m a newbie) months ago but haven’t yet embarked on this adventure (I’m secretly afraid of botulism, and the only fruits for jamming that grow in abundance down in TX are prickly pear, which require serious precautionary measures before picking… but, this will happen). Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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