We would like to start this blog off by introducing ourselves and sharing a little bit about our history that brought us here.
For years, we were living like the typical American family in Suburbia, USA. Shopping for our groceries from the nearest warehouse wholesaler, not even thinking about where those products in the cans, boxes, and styrofoam trays sealed in cling wrap came from or how they were produced.
After our daughter was born, i had started reading the occassional article in the newspaper about industrialized food production and huge fluctuations in market prices that were steadily compensated for with frequent price increases. Soon, i was reading books like Omnivore's Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Then we watched Supersize Me. Chemicals? Steriods? Inhumane living conditions? Genetic engineering? Massive Recall Efforts? We were left wondering what we could do to try to reduce the risk of our family ingesting poisons and Lord knows whatelse, while taking more responsibility for our own food production.
Armed with a library card and a dream, we scoured the shelves for books on organic gardening and food production. We adopted a half dozen chickens, traded a fraction of our lawn for 400 square feet of garden space, and raised what we could using chemical free practices to help nourish our bodies. And what we couldn't raise ourselves we sought out organic sources for.
After a couple handfuls of homegrown raspberries and a couple of batches of scrambled eggs courtesy of our girls, we were hooked. We learned to can jams and tomato sauces.
We were feeling impowered by the flavor of those tasty ruby red morsels. We couldn't remember eggs tasting so flavorful since our childhood. With the bounty we could supply our family from our suburban lot got me to thinking...
What if we could grow even more of our own food, and share this delicious and nutritious harvest with others???