Over Wintered


I was just at our local farm stand and they had a bin full of onion sets! Onion sets are basically baby onions that you plant and will grow into full size onions. They are usually pretty cheap, less than two bucks a pound, and are really easy to plant and grow. We grew quite a few onions this spring, and are still enjoying those, but I don’t think its enough to tie us through the winter, and these aren’t going to help that situation much, as they will establish themselves over the next few weeks, before it gets too cold, and then go dormant till it warms again in spring, at which point they will be ready to harvest pretty quickly.


We will be covering them in low lying row cover to keep them as warm as we can and hopefully we will have a few baby onions and scallions to play with this winter.


Our Pantry, Part 1


I’ve always dreamt of having a pantry. A room full of shelves lined with colorful jars filled with all sorts of fruits, veggies, sauces, condiments and other concoctions. A room where things are aging, and fermenting, and changing, like some culinary laboratory. A room full of possibilities, a room that evokes a sense of comfort and a sense of reassurance, quietly letting you know that there will always be something to eat, drink, and enjoy; all made with your hands from product you grew! 


So when we started looking for a homestead to buy, we knew it had to have a space for a pantry, and we have an ideal room. Its in the middle of the house, right off the kitchen, where it never gets to hot, too cold, or too sunny. We added shelves and a drying rack to the space this spring and have been working hard all spring, summer, and fall to fill those shelves with canned veggies and fruits, jams and salsas, hot sauces, tinctures, dried herbs and flowers, wine, mead, beer, kombucha, and a few more tasty and medicinal treats. We are very proud of everything me made and will be enjoying them all over the coming winter. It’s a little bittersweet to know that we will have to wait till next spring before we can get going again on canning and preserving, but by then the shelves should be pretty bare, and the cycle will start all over again.