It's that time of year around here...taking stock of what is left from last summer's harvest. This week I have sorted through the freezer, and the pantry shelves, figuring out what is left and how much. We are in good shape with jam, beets, green beans and pickles still on the pantry shelves, and raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, roasted tomatoes, green beans, zucchini and kale in the freezer. It is slowly dwindling, but we are so happy to have reached the mid winter point with food in the freezer and on the pantry shelves from our summer garden, and the local you pick berry farms. I hope with our early spring planting, we might actually be enjoying food from last summer's garden as we start to enjoy food from this year's garden. That, my friends, has been the goal all along...to reach the point where we are feeding ourselves year round from our garden. Now, we can't survive on what we grow, at least not yet, but knowing with each meal we eat there is a little homegrown or locally grown food on our plate is a pretty big deal around here.
And so, I take stock of what we ate a lot of, and what we enjoyed the most, and as I start to dig through the seed catalogs, picking seeds and deciding what to grow, I keep this in mind. After years and years of gardening, we finally have a really good handle on what we enjoy the most from the garden, and while I love to experiment, this year we are moving more towards growing what we know grows well, and what we know we will eat, and saving the big experiments for another time. There will still be one or two things tested out, maybe a new vegetable or a new canning recipe, but for the most part we are sticking with what we know and love. It makes sense for where we are, and leaves the door open for experiments in other areas of our homestead....more berry bushes, more chicks, ducklings, and a full jump into beekeeping, learning as much as I can from a neighbouring beekeeper.
It felt good this week, to take stock of our freezer and pantry, to realize we might actually make it to spring and still be eating food from our garden. It has been a long road, little steps taken every year to reach this point, and it has been totally worth it.
A big thank you for the lovely comments, and emails on my last post. I honestly had no idea it would touch people the way it did. Thank you. xo