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Food comes from the store

Frost-nipped rhubarb

"My second cookbook is almost ready to go," I told Mark at lunch on Thursday. "But I'm going to have to ask Daddy to take some photos of my asparagus recipe since the spears won't pop up here for a few more weeks. Good thing he lives further south and already has scads of asparagus to play with."

Mark looked at me quizzically and then stated the obvious. "You know they have asparagus in the grocery store, don't you? I could buy you some Friday to work with."

Oh, right. Vegetables can come from the store. I'd forgotten! I guess I can take the photos myself and still get the spring cookbook out in a timely fashion.

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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'm aspiring to be in the same mindset as you- that you actually have to think about an alternative to where your food comes from aside from your own land and from your own hands. I produce a lot, but still, the bulk of what we eat comes from the store in terms of produce.

Herbs especially are so easy to grow at home, and even dried they're expensive from the store- let alone fresh! Many a perennials that are so easy to care for. Mint, lavender, sage, chives, on and on. Especially mint- so many people rip it up here and there and it does take over, but here we love it when it fills in spots that the crab grass and candytuft fills in. Crush some sprigs in plain water and a slice of lemon and it's so good- crush some stevia in there too and it's a really tasty sweet summer drink.

Comment by Anna Fri Apr 3 15:00:28 2015

Lol!! You're not alone! I do that too.. Since all our meats, veggies and our primary grain (dent corn) We grow ... I do forget , just get in a different mindset ... The only thing we buy really is bananas , tea, coffee and beer... I am adding more mushrooms and tea herbs to our ever expanding gardens this year... Look forward to your next cookbook!!! I enjoyed the last one a lot! I love to cook!!!!

Comment by Angie Fri Apr 3 18:41:31 2015

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