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“Or what if I had simply grown up in a time when food was seasonal? When there was, in each year, a time of more and a time of less? When food was not just there in packages on the supermarket shelf all year?”

~ Jessica Prentice ~

Welcome to another edition of Food Roots!

Our food system is destroying the soil, wasting valuable resources and making us sick. The only thing that is sustainable and the only thing that can reverse the many complications of a broken food system is to get back to our food roots. We must plant the seeds ourselves. We must shake the hand of the farmer who grows our food. We must take back our food system.

Where Does My Food Come From?

I spent Sunday preserving food. The gallon of blanched and frozen broccoli along with the jam and pickles I canned all happened between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the hottest day in months. It was all made possible by papa taking the boys to grandpa’s house. Another 1/2 bushel of cucumbers and bunches of dill will await me at the farmer’s market this week. I have no idea how I will get any canning done with these two active boys underfoot. It will be an adventure, I’m sure.

We are now in awe of what is in this little garden we planted. We planted seeds, prayed for it to become food and now we are seeing God’s provisions first hand. We are hoping to expand again next year, wherever we may be.

So I ask you again…

Where does your food come from?

To participate in Food Roots…

  1. create a blog post pertaining to local, seasonal foods or what you are doing to find your food’s roots.
  2. in your post add a link back here so that others can benefit from everyone’s information and encouragement.
  3. add your name and url to mr. linky below.

Feel free to use the Food Roots banner above, if you wish. If you do not have a blog, please share your thoughts in the comments.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Thank you for participating!

 

5 Responses to Food Roots: August 13 – where does your food come from?

  1. My post today is about some local purple potatoes and my quandry about how to prepare them for guests :-)

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  2. Cathy says:

    A couple of tips on canning with little ones (not that I have it all figured out, but am working on it with 4 here and #5 on the way). For foods that need to be prepared (such as snapping green beans, peeling peaches, etc… .), dh often helps me after the little ones are in bed. This gives us some uninterrupted work time and allows us to run the canner during the cooler part of the day. It’s usually only a few nights and then we get back to an earlier bedtime afterwards. Other than that, naptime can be a good time to work….my problem with that is that, if I don’t happen to need a nap (which I often do, especially right now being pregnant again), we often have a homeschool project to work on with the older two.

    Have fun! Sounds like you’ve put up a lot!

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  3. It can be hard to can with little ones underfoot. I have 4 little ones and a thirteen year old. This year, the five year old and three year old have been helping a little with the preparation for canning. Everyone except for the baby has been helping with the harvesting and picking of fruit at local orchards. I try to keep things simple when I preserve food. I do a lot of bags of mixed veggies for the freezer that I steam first. I also like to do the first step in the jam or jelly making process, like canning peach puree or grape juice, and then do the next step later in the fall or winter. I feel less overwhelmed breaking the steps down into individual sessions.

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