Food Item: Carrots

The background carrots are straight out the root  cellar, the foreground guy has been washed. Washing before storing tends to shorten the shelf life of roots. Carrots are a staple around here. I don't know if there is anything to the commonly held 'wisdom' that the vitamin A precursors called carotenes are good for the...

Root Cellar

This may just be the keystone to the home-grown food arch I'm living right now. I've grown a lot of produce in other years, but storage has always been less than optimal. Keeping crate upon crate of roots in the basement of the old farmhouse worked for a few months, but the conditions were not...

The Wheels of Just-ish

Ed outlined the rules by which we will determine allowable foods, but there’s one caveat large enough to warrant its own post. Last summer, while we were ironing out the specifics, we had a significant disagreement. I wanted to allow a monthly exception of some sort, while Ed was more of a purist. I won’t re-litigate...

The Rules

During 2015 we are going to eat “exclusively” from our farm. We talked a number of times about how strict to be, and have settled on the following exemptions. Salt and pepper are allowed. Vitamins and seaweed are allowed. Barter is allowed, particularly if the item we’re trading for is produced by the other barterer....

Food for a Year

Welcome to our year-long project. Over the coming year my brother and I are going to take the local food movement to its logical and absurd endpoint, and we’re going to blog about it. We’re going to grow all our own food for an entire year*. We’re kicking it off today with the onset of 2015. Several...

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