It’s canning time on the homestead

The vegetables in the garden were a little slow ripening this year because of the weather, but they all came on like gangbusters. Right in the middle of all this canning, I missed the...

Q and A: shelf life of apple juice and Canada Crookneck seeds

Shelf life of apple juice If using a Mehu-Liisa to extract apple juice, is draining the hot liquid into a properly cleaned and heated jar with a two piece canning lid all that is needed?...

We met a lot of nice folks at the Earth Fest at Mountain Iron,...

Although the weather threatened (and later proved inhospitable), there was quite a turnout for the 2013 Earth Fest celebrating sustainability at Mountain Iron, Minnesota, this past Saturday. Held in three different buildings, the event...

Tomato time!

With all of our peppers up, it's time for tomatoes. This year I planted more than 288 tomatoes. Of that number, there are 50 new varieties and 20 of our old standbys that we...

Our second Christmas was tons of fun!

On Friday, David didn't have work because the high temperatures the past few days have been sub-zero and they work outside. So he and Ashley made some of David's favorite "cookies." You take Ritz...