Canning is a valuable skill.Nothing lets you get the best out of your garden like canning and preserving your yields. This timeless art has been utilized by farmers and gardeners for centuries for good reason. Your grandmothers were likely experts in canning, but that does not mean the skill is outdated or obsolete in modern society. Today, learning to can and preserve your produce will help you lead a more sustainable lifestyle and enjoy the fruits of your labor for months after harvesting. Instead of relying on canned grocery store products, you can stock your pantry with your own by using the proper techniques.“For me, it’s a sense of pride,” wrote Debbie Wolfe for Lovely Greens. “All the work I put into growing my own food can be appreciated when I pop open a jar of blueberry jam and spread it on my toast on a cold January morning.” Wolfe notes that with one taste, “I’m immediately tr...
Summer is here and that means berries! Delicious blueberries, blackberries,
strawberries, and raspberries are all readily available and ripe throughout the
summer months. For a quick guide to what fruits are in season,
you can check the USDA seasonal produce guide here: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide. A lot of “in
season” berries can be found at your grocery store or local
farmer’s market for cheap
prices because they are abundant when they are in season. So, what to do with all those delicious berries? Here are a
few easy bar recipes to get you ready for a sweet summer! I have made all of
them, and let me tell you, they are crowd-pleasers! 100 Calorie Strawberry Oatmeal Bars from Well PlatedIngredients: 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour 1/3 cup light brown sugar1/4 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon salt6 tablespoons unsalted bu...
always important to ask the questions "why" and "how,"
especially when choosing what fruits and vegetables to plant in your garden.
When it comes to blueberries, the answers to these questions
are of utmost importance: why should you care so much about blueberries, and
how do you become an expert grower?Why Blueberries?A short
blurb on the benefits of blueberries for your physical and mental health will
give you enough impetus to get you excited about becoming an expert blueberry
producer. Now, the source of a blueberry's health benefits is its
phytonutrients content. The phytonutrients function as both antioxidants and
anti-inflammatory compounds. In layman's terms, these nutrients benefit a
number of bodily functions. To name a few; daily intake of blueberries can
improve memory, regulate blood sugar levels (because of the low glycemic
index), protect eye retina from unwanted oxygen and sun dam...