The Basics of Food Preservation

The Basics of Food Preservation

by Quinn Asteak June 04, 2018 1 Comment

After all the hard work that is put into growing your food, it should be preserved as long as possible. There are many methods you can employ to savor spring greens, summer fruits, and fall roots all year long.

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How To Use A Washboard

How To Use A Washboard

by Sarah Chappell May 28, 2018

A washboard is a surprisingly easy way to get stuff clean. Washboards used to be a common way to clean clothes and rags, but fell out of favor with electric washing machines. But you know what’s empowering? Being able to do your laundry without a machine!

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Basics of Mead Making

Basics of Mead Making

by Quinn Asteak May 07, 2018 2 Comments

Homemade mead holds a story. A story of tradition, connection to nature, and most of all, patience. Mead, also known as honey wine, is one of the oldest known ferments, and has been traced back nearly 9,000 years.

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How To Make Herbal Vinegars

How To Make Herbal Vinegars

by Sarah Chappell April 30, 2018

Herbal vinegars are a delightful way to preserve the beautiful edible plants of spring. Many of our favorite first greens of the season are well-extracted by vinegar, and make lovely additions to salad dressings and marinades.

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Grubs Your Chickens Will Love!

Grubs Your Chickens Will Love!

by Kate Hanford April 23, 2018 1 Comment

We have a new product at the shop: dried grubs, also called black soldier fly larvae.

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A Villagers Guide to Asheville

A Villagers Guide to Asheville

by Natalie Pollard April 16, 2018 1 Comment

A guide to Asheville, NC for the adventurous traveler looking to get their hands dirty, cook their own meal with farm fresh produce, learn something new, and perhaps leave Asheville better than you found it.

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Tips for Shopping Your Local Farmers Market

Tips for Shopping Your Local Farmers Market

by Quinn Asteak April 09, 2018

Farmers markets are such a special way to connect with your local community and each of the four seasons as they pass. Read our tips for taking full advantage of your farmers market's seasonal bounty.

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Composting: The Gateway Drug

Composting: The Gateway Drug

by Sarah Chappell April 02, 2018 1 Comment

Are you afraid to compost? Something about composting scares me. As a city girl, I could never wrap my head around the process that led rotting food to become nutrient-rich compost that would help grow more food. It turns out that the list of what is compostable is pretty simple.

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Slugs, Aphids, and Flea Beetles, oh my!

Slugs, Aphids, and Flea Beetles, oh my!

by Kate Hanford March 26, 2018

With spring here, it's time to start planting your vegetable garden. The key to a successful growing season is to plan ahead and prepare for common pests that, if allowed, can do significant damage to your crops. Pest infestations may come as a surprise, but if you know what to look out for and when to look, you just might be able to greet these unexpected guests at the door with an action plan in place. Or, even better, take preventative measures to keep pest populations to a minimum altogether! To get you started, learn these three common spring garden pests and natural strategies to manage them.

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How To Create A Raised Bed Garden

How To Create A Raised Bed Garden

by Kate Hanford March 19, 2018 1 Comment

Creating a vegetable garden from scratch can be an overwhelming task for a first-time gardener, but a raised garden bed can simplify the process. These are the six steps you need to know to build a raised bed.

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How to Make Nut Milk

How to Make Nut Milk

by Quinn Asteak March 12, 2018

Nut milks are great for anyone who has a hard time digesting dairy but enjoys cream in their tea, coffee, or cereal. A homemade nut milk has very few ingredients, saves you money, and is quite simple to make once you get in the right rhythm.

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Seed Starting in Small Spaces

Seed Starting in Small Spaces

by Sarah Chappell March 05, 2018

Seed starting in small spaces can help your garden by growing seeds indoors while it's still too cold for them to survive outside. It's a great idea, but can be daunting to the urban homesteader or tiny house dweller. How can we possible grow food and flowers without a greenhouse or at least a large table that can be dedicated to this project?

With some compromises and ingenuity, it's rather simple.  

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