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Basket full of carrots

Lucy helping harvest carrots

We harvested about 10 pounds of carrots today.

Lucy likes to watch anything we do that happens close to the ground.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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I've been reading your blog for a couple years now, and I always wonder just how much of your food you produce, and what do you eat that you don't produce? Do you go to the grocery store regularly? What sorts of things do you buy? Pasta, bread, oranges, bananas, salt, flour? Or do you basically forgo these things that can't be produced at home? I'd really like to know. Maybe you could do a post sometime on how/when you go grocery shopping, and what you buy to supplement your self-sufficiency. Thanks!
Comment by hennybenny Wed Jul 22 09:29:25 2015
We actually have a post from a couple years ago on that very topic. Since then, we've lowered our dairy purchases considerably (although we're still buying a few cheeses as I learn cheesemaking) and are slowly lowering our purchased meat as well due to our new goat source. We haven't reduced our purchased fruit as much as I'd like --- still working on beating our late spring freezes!
Comment by anna Wed Jul 22 10:32:21 2015





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