I love nothing more than seasonal food. Every year, I wait impatiently for that first farmer’s market to happen. I eagerly anticipate the moment I can plant those first pea seeds. I chomp at the bit to get my carefully tended seedlings into the garden.
During the time of peas and asparagus, all the way through until pumpkins are piled on my front porch, we munch our way through all the good things coming to harvest. And not only that – we put some of it back for winter, too. Through freezing, dehydrating, and canning, we get our fruits and veggies all year round.
I’ve been jotting down notes and recipes for years. I’ve published a few things here on the website and in other books, but my daughter recommended that I put it together all in one book so that she and her sister could have a copy of all the tasty things that are our family’s culinary history. Some of these go all the way back to my Granny, who probably learned the recipes from her own mother.
This isn’t a typical cookbook
This isn’t one of those books that is a compendium of every single fruit and vegetable that comes to harvest everywhere. You may find that there are foods you absolutely love that I have skipped right over.
That’s because this is a real look at what we in this family actually eat. For example, I loathe beets in every possible form, thus you won’t find them in this book. But for the things I do like, I’ve included:
- A few fun facts (because who doesn’t need fruit and vegetable trivia)
- How to select the food at the store or market
- How to store it while it’s fresh to make it last the longest
- Some tasty ways to enjoy your fresh produce
- How to freeze it
- How to dehydrate it
- How to can it
The recipes are things that I’ve served at my own table many times. There aren’t any exotic ingredients. They’re made up of whole foods, cooked simply. If you don’t have a garden, you can find this produce at your local farmer’s market or even your grocery store.
What seasonal fruits and veggies are in the book?
Here’s the goodness you can find within:
- Green Peas
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans
- Pears & Apples
Like I said, it’s not comprehensive, but these are our staples. They’re thing things we grow ourselves or buy in bulk from nearby orchards and farms. Some of these recipes can be found on my website if times are tight for you, but this is the only way to get them all in one place in a printable format.
It can be very budget-friendly to eat a seasonal diet
Getting these foods when they are abundant and cheap and preserving them to enjoy year round helps keep our grocery budget at an all-time low while providing us with an agrarian-style pantry to see us through the hard times.
With all the recent medical bills we’ve had, between my daughter’s pneumonia followed by my month-long bout of MRSA, I have been incredibly thankful that we had delicious, local food filling our shelves and freezers. Even though none of this was in season, I was able to serve good healthful food when we needed it the most.
This book is to share with you how we stock up our pantry every summer. It’s 106 pages that can be printed off in part or in full, with room for your own notes. I’m selling it for $5.49 this weekend. If you’d like to get your copy, click here.
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