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Preserving the Harvest: Lacto-Fermented Kale

Preserving the Harvest: Lacto-Fermented Kale

Kale is one of those polarizing veggies that you hear so much about!  You either love it or hate it, most folks have an opinion once they’ve tried kale.  There is a lot to love about kale (even if you can’t stand the flavor, or texture, or whatever!).  Kale is one of the most nutrient dense greens you can grow.  Couple that with it’s cold hardiness, and the fact that it actually gets tastier once it gets hit with a…

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Grass Beef Progress July 2015

Grass Beef Progress July 2015

I made a quick video of the Devon cattle (I don’t think they appreciated the publicity, you’ll see what I mean!): And I went a picked up the cut and wrapped beef from the butcher today.  This is two of the grass fed/finished bald faced steers that I finished off this spring.  The butcher said the meat was pretty lean, but he still gave me a 20 gallon garbage sack full of extra fat that we are going to render…

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Preserving the Harvest: Morels

Preserving the Harvest: Morels

Here at 4100 ft elevation we are just beginning to see the annual flush of morels (they’ve been popping up for weeks down in the river valleys).  We are fortunate enough to have some pretty good hunting (and believe me it is hunting) spots right near our home, so we don’t have to go far and they tend to show themselves in the same areas year after year. Around these parts, and I believe pretty much any where they are…

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Preserving the Harvest: Kefir

Preserving the Harvest: Kefir

A big part of homestead life is providing for yourself with the abundance that the land and your community provides.  Along this line I’ll be periodically making posts on Preserving the Harvest.  This will essentially be a how-to with a little how-come, on preserving seasonal abundance on the homestead.  The natural ebb and flow of abundance on the farm and in the garden is something that we have moved away from with the artificial, industrial, commodity based, extraction model of…

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