What's more fun than a day on the farm?
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting my friend's farm near Cairo, NE. My friend, Heather and her husband Justin started canning a few years ago and have this awesome, gigantic garden now that they live off of all summer and, by the process of canning, all winter!
Since my grandmother was the "Queen" of canning, I had always been interested in learning this process of preserving fresh food. I think it is so cool that you can make and preserve all of that same food that you buy in the grocery store: spaghetti sauce, tomato juice, apple sauce, soup, green beans, meat, pickles, salsa, juices, baby food, etc.! It's SO COOL!
Heather and her husband, Justin, were kind enough to take a whole day to teach me how to can. I brought over my own supplies, other than tomatoes, and 8 hours later we had 13 jars of spaghetti sauce and 12 jars of tomato juice! We had to take a few breaks to feed the chickens, pick up chicken eggs, water the garden, play with the dog, pick pears and play a game of basketball, but it was all in good FUN!
Growing your own food is such a healthy activity to partake in. Not only are you growing organic fruits and vegetables, but you are taking time to be with nature and be active outside during the summer time. It's a great way to be out in the sunshine, getting your vitamin D. It's a great learning process and a long learning process that is all worth it in the end. It is very peaceful and a great way to know EXACTLY what you are putting in your body.
I encourage you to try to grow something on your own, whether it is outdoors or indoors. Just finding a way to be a part of nature can add peacefulness and serenity into your life.
Learn more about canning at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website: