Real Food, Real Homesteading Challenge: Week 2

February 17, 2016


Two weeks in, people!! And all is going well, if I do say so myself.

I have had to tweak my parameters, as I discussed in my first update. Eating locally is REALLY hard in the winter. Like, super hard. At least, it is where I live. Two days ago, it was -15 degrees (F)! Not fun.

I will say, though, that I’ve buckled down on eating seasonally. I believe it’s a much more attainable goal until spring brings some early bounty. And then summer brings even more! Mmmm, fresh produce. Straight from the garden. Is there anything in the world better?!

I’ve been focusing on eating more “winter” produce–hardy root vegetables, and believe it or not, citrus fruits! I’ve been bold and experimenting with beets, turnips, kumquats, leeks, parsnips–the list goes on!  It’s incredible how much food is in season in the winter. I think, because I’m generally buried under snow until April (this year has been the exception), that I have a hard time believing all these vegetables and fruits are considered “in season”.

Kale, cranberries, lemons, oranges–these all are also in season now but are foods I usually eat year-round. The plus to snacking on them when they’re in season, though, is the deals you can usually get! Since there is generally more than enough to fulfill demand, they can usually all be found on sale, or at much better prices in bulk. I’ve been trying to stock up on lemons, since I literally use them all day, everyday, in 4567800 different ways. For real.

Another source in general abundance these days are, believe it or not, eggs! My girls have all been laying everyday, for the most part, so I’ve been gifting away and cooking TONS of eggs! I’ve also been doing a lot of reading on creative ways to use eggs, besides to scramble. I love this article on freezing eggs, this article on preserving eggs that doesn’t rely on electricity, and this list of yummy recipes designed to use up those farm fresh eggs!

That’s about it for this week — sorry I don’t have any recipes to report yet. Swear I’m getting there! It’s been a bit of a crazy week, and to be totally honest, I’ve been feeling a little uninspired. Alas, I’m buckling down, keeping optimistic and positive. Keep it real, y’all!

Update: Here is a great article on eating seasonally in the winter, why it’s great for you, and what vegetables are in season right now!



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