Sometimes people assume that we are hard-core homesteaders. Maybe because I write about gardening, livestock, simple living, food preservation and such. We do have many interests and maybe could be considered modern-day homesteaders to some degree. But honestly we are just as dependent of modern day technologies, supermarkets & grain stores as the neighbors.
Even though the gardens were not what they usually are we were still able to eat from them all summer long. I picked the beans a few times before they grew as big as carrots, then the chickens & goats enjoyed them. Maine Man made salads from his greens I think just about every day he worked for lunch. Preserving was just not one of my priorities this summer. Knowing that my time was limited I set small goals that I was able to maintain.
- I froze a couple gallons of spaghetti sauce & canned 20 quarts
- I froze a bunch of beets
- I have several heads of cabbage, I may attempt making sauerkraut
- I froze 20 lbs of blueberries that I picked up from a local gentleman
- We did put up some maple syrup this past Spring
- We have garlic for eating and for planting asap
- We have some onions, several squash & some pumpkins (not nearly as much as usual) for cold storage
- I dried a few herbs
- Goats milk I froze for winter soap making
- I have plans to freeze and/or can lots of apple cider and we are going to try making apple wine
- Eggs….I generally have no issues with supply unless swiper the fox pays a visit.
- By fall our freezers will be replenished with meat that we’ve raised or gathered. We have Cornish Rock chicks that are a couple weeks old. I’m hoping that my kids will each shoot a deer (we are so close to running out of beef- we gave too much of it away ), pork we have plenty except ham & bacon which will also be restocked next month.
- Turkeys & honey ….. I have a barter deal happening with that. Some of my bees swarmed this Spring so once again, NO honey from my hive.
- Rabbit….just bartered some Muscovy ducks for a 4 lb rabbit and some tasty coffee. We also have a couple meat rabbits around here we could eat if I can talk Flower Girl into it. Have I mentioned lately, I LOVE to barter!
My point ….I have many things I am passionate about but I cannot do all of them all the time. There are also many things I aspire to do: quilt, pottery, trail run, write a book, travel, but I constantly remind myself of my priorities at the present time. I can only do what I can do….just keeping it real!