Wild Apples – The best things in life are free!

Most of us know that apples grow wild all over the landscape of most of the Maritimes. We buy apples from the store or from an orchard this is a good way to support local growers and is nice because the fruit is convenient, plump, sweet, and uniform and has a predictable flavour… The wild apple on the other hand is another story, it needs … Continue reading Wild Apples – The best things in life are free!

How to Can Your Harvest: A step-by-step guide including sample recipes

We created a step-by-step canning guide! Filled with visual cues to guide you along the way, this resource is great for community groups or individuals who want to give canning a go. This toolkit includes all you need to know to get you started, including: required canning tools, step-by-step recipes, and additional resources. Click here HERE to view and download the resource. You can also … Continue reading How to Can Your Harvest: A step-by-step guide including sample recipes

Four Ways to Can Tomatoes: Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce, Quartered Tomatoes and Chow

Canning season is in full bloom. It’s right about now when we place bulk tomato orders with farms for canned soups, sauces, and salsa for the year. Tomatoes are one of our favourite things to preserve. Canning your own is often more affordable than purchasing tomato-based products, and a jar of salsa in January is a taste of summer all over again. Here are some … Continue reading Four Ways to Can Tomatoes: Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce, Quartered Tomatoes and Chow

Garlic 101: How to grow, harvest, store, and enjoy your own garlic

It’s garlic season! Our favorite time of year. Below are some basics to get started on growing, harvesting, and storing your own garlic. Garlic adds a punch to meals year-round, has strong medicinal qualities (great for preventing colds!), and is so easy to grow! Plus – growing garlic can be a big money saver as you begin to build your own garlic supply. 1. CHOOSING … Continue reading Garlic 101: How to grow, harvest, store, and enjoy your own garlic

Backyard Shiitake Mushroom Farming

Mushrooms! They are such fantastical life forms, evoking thoughts of fairies and fairy rings with deeply entrenched folklore. Or smurfs. I will do you all a favour and avoid punny reference to “fun guys” but once you try your hand at growing them, you may find that they are quite the little charmers! Mushrooms are the fruiting body of fungus. Now “fungus” does not bring … Continue reading Backyard Shiitake Mushroom Farming

Seedy Language: choosing the right seeds for your garden

Deciding between 2o types of Tomatoes can be a daunting task. Not only do I have to pick between a pages of tantalizing descriptions of different varieties but then theres the added task of deciding between Open Pollinated, Hybrid and Organic. What do those words even mean?! To answer these questions, we welcome Michelle Smith, board member of seeds of diversity. Continue reading Seedy Language: choosing the right seeds for your garden

Better Foodskills Workshops: Tips from the Trade

If you asked me “What is the best way to bring a group of relatives strangers together and have them work as a team, share experiences, learn and have fun?”, my answer would be obvious, ” Organize a Foodskills Workshop!” Granted, this is what I do for a living and am terribly biased.  But I’ve heard it said that food is a great Connector; regardless of age, … Continue reading Better Foodskills Workshops: Tips from the Trade

Fermentation 101

  By guest blogger Nicole Marcoux, RHN Fermentation is one of the oldest and easiest methods of food preservation. One of the most well-known examples of a wild fermented food is sauerkraut. Fermenting is so simple. If you have salt, a jar, and some vegetables, you’re basically done. The fermentation method I use most often is wild fermentation, which simply means that the bacteria and … Continue reading Fermentation 101

Container Gardening: how to have a garden without setting down roots

Want to garden but don’t have a space? Tools? Permanent location… I have gained some container gardening knowledge by being a bit of a nomad, bringing my potted herbs, strawberries, rhubarb and other perennials with me as I moved around. Although I learned a lot through trial and error, there was still much to learn! This summer we have started a demonstration garden beside the … Continue reading Container Gardening: how to have a garden without setting down roots

Fiddlehead Fever

Nothing says it’s spring more than fiddleheads! These tightly furled shoots of the Ostrich Fern are named for their resemblance to the head of a fiddle (violin). This fern typically grows in moist, shady environments, which are commonplace in rural NS. For folks around these parts, foraging for fiddleheads is engrained in the culture. As a come from away, it has taken me several years … Continue reading Fiddlehead Fever