It is cold and snowy outside today. The pond is frozen over. The ice is over 6 inches thick and with low’s below zero predicted that won’t be changing soon. The deer just ate the last of the kale I was saving in the garden. So where in the middle of winter do you find fresh local food to eat? We’ll that answer is actually easy…. if you planned ahead.
Tonight for dinner we had local pasture raised chicken, local sweet potatoes, local acorn squash, and local pears. Over 90% of our meal was raised with in 100 miles of our home.
We have two small chest freezers. One contains meats and poultry and the other fruit and veggies. Freezing is an easy way to save the bounty of summer for winter enjoyment. This fall our garage became an impromptu root cellar. It holds apples, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes and several varieties of winter squash that are keeping much better than I expected. The basement holds jars of home canned jams, jellies, pickles, fruits and sauces.
Yes, at the time it was a lot of work. But because we care about our food it was a joy. We want to know where our food comes from. We want to know how our food was prepared. We want food that is local and minimally processed. And so the whole family helped to cut fruit and peel veggies and fill jars and freezer bags. Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad, children, they all helped. We are better for the work and better for the good food to eat. It was and is good for us.
And now we reap the benefits. It’s cold outside and I don’t have to go to the grocery store. When I do go there is certainly less I will buy. We are eating great tasting local food in the middle of winter and it is wonderful!