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Will and Alston had a productive day: Now we’ll have to reference one of the shelf full of homesteading and organic gardening books we’ve bought over the last 4 months to figure out how to dry these so we can actually eat the nuts.

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By the end of every season, I’m ready for the next one.  I think this is common.  It has to explain children insisting on wearing shorts in April or the universal craving for gazpacho that sets in early June, a good two months before the height of tomato season. Right now, this is manifesting itself […]

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We have several persimmon trees on the property, many of which have a good quantity of fruit, just waiting for the first good frost. What??  You want a frost before picking the fruit?  Yup.  The kind of persimmon we have here in Virginia is commonly referred to as the astringent kind, as in it sucks […]

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I’d never even heard of pawpaws before last year, when our neighbor’s girlfriend went scavenging for them around town, but apparently they are indigenous to Virginia.    We have several trees growing along the creek, so last week we broke out the apple plucker on a stick device Will picked up at the local Co-Op […]

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Will and Alston were walking around the abandoned property in front of ours, when they came across a peach tree.  Sure, peaches aren’t wild, someone at some point planted the tree.  But it was still found food, so I’ll consider it foraging. They are tiny, as in golf ball sized.  But they taste just like […]

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Check out my first attempt at pickles: It was SO easy.  I followed the Cook’s Illustrated recipe, although I didn’t trust their salt quantity, so I added more (turns out, that was probably a mistake… who would have thought 1 tablespoon could possibly flavor an entire pound of pickles?  Yeah, I’ll just follow the directions […]

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