Here in New Hampshire, winters are long. The landscape is somewhat bleak (although snow scenes can be pretty) and the only flowers that we get to view are inside.read more
Celeste Longacre has been growing virtually all of her family’s vegetables for the entire year for over 30 years. She cans, she freezes, she dries, she ferments & she root cellars. She also has chickens. Celeste has enjoyed a longtime relationship with the folks at The Old Farmer’s Almanac as she is the Almanac's astrologer! A personally autographed copy of her book, Love Signs, is available in the Almanac.com General Store. You can also find an ebook version on Amazon.com for $2.99.
I learned a lot about nutrition over the years by studying it on my own. When I came across Sally Fallon (Morell)’s book, “Nourishing Traditions, things really fell into place. She is fantastic about telling you what the different vitamins, fats, enzymes, etc. do in the body. Then, she describes—in over 600 pages—how to cook everything. For example, she says about enzymes…read more
I love this time of year. The garden is done, my pantry, root cellar and freezers are full and it’s time to begin enjoying some of this wonderful food. The old adage “we are what we eat” is quite true so it is important to always seek the best quality in the foods that we prepare.read more
Ah, fall! The air turns crisp, the days get remarkably short and the leaves fall off of the trees. With the pantry, root cellar and freezer full to bursting with preserved harvest, it’s time to put the garden to bed.read more
Few flavorings rival garlic. It’s pungent, exotic, powerful and scrumptious. Fabled uses of the stuff also include the warding off of vampires and the cure for what ails you. Historically, many serfs were forced to grow it as the King demanded it for taxes. Garlic has been a mainstay of most households for a long, long time.read more
Cold. It’s a constant here in the north. Oh, there may be those few wistful balmy evenings in July or August (okay, so it does sometimes get hot), but most of the time here, at night, it’s cold. Plus, for almost all of the fall, winter and spring, days and nights are chilly if not downright frigid. Our ancestors knew this and they utilized this fact of Mother Nature for self-preservation—they had root cellars.read more