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Homegrown Pantry

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You will find Homegrown Pantry at Barnes and Noble, too!

Got Fermentation Fever?
Homegrown Pantry will help you grow great cabbage, radishes, turnips and other fine fermentation crops, and then show you how to turn out fantastic ferments every time. 

In this Living Homegrown podcast with food preservation authority Theresa Loe, we talk about the easiest crops to store, as well as drying juicy tomatoes and peppers.

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New review from the Minnesota Horticultural Society!

“If you are a serious vegetable gardener and food preserver, or someone who just enjoys dreaming about growing your own food, Barbara Pleasant’s new book is a great place to start.”

Advance praise for Homegrown Pantry

Gardening expert Barbara Pleasant names each of her chickens and knows the best beans for sweltering heat. Now she’s turned her attention to the home garden with this thorough book, diving deep into 55 well-known ingredients from tomatoes to squash. Pleasant spares no detail and even includes tips for storing vegetables, like sticking beets in sawdust. -- Food and Wine, March 2017

Out of the noise and disconnect that ended 2016, Pleasant delivers a guidebook of soul-saving coherence, practicality, thoroughness, deeply seasoned wisdom, and reconnection from our imagination to our soil to our labor to our mouths. The heart of the book is a showcase of 28 “pantry” vegetables, from asparagus to winter squash. Each entry in it includes explanations of varieties, of the “portion size” to plant for your household, and how to grow, harvest, store, and preserve it. Pleasant gives a conversational yet comprehensive walk-through, with photos, of the five preservation methods—cold storage, freezing, drying, canning, and fermenting. Her seasonal calendar of food preservation is a great idea, and she smartly includes a planting timetable working back from the first-frost date of autumn, though not a planting calendar working forward from the last frost of winter/spring (not a biggie; planting dates are still found in each vegetable entry). This one’s a keeper. -- BookList Starred Review

From the planning to the planting to the harvesting and storing to the eating, it’s all here along with the gentle wisdom that only a passionate and visionary practitioner like Barbara Pleasant can deliver. This book belongs on top of every gardener’s stack of books. There’s more than enough here to satisfy beginners, experienced gardeners and dreamers. -- Hank Will, Editorial Director, Mother Earth News

If you're looking for a single book that can take you from planning and planting a food garden through harvesting, preserving, and cooking your produce, Homegrown Pantry is in a class of its own. -- David J. Ellis, editor of The American Gardener magazine.

As a market gardener, I frequently have conversations with people interested in boosting their family’s food resilience. Homegrown Pantry is the perfect book to help accomplish that goal. -- Shelley Stonebrook, writer and organic farmer

This book is a treasure! I personally am a chart lover so I appreciated how quickly I could calculate the timing of my second season plantings, the ideal temperature to store individual edibles, and how many feet of row to plant for the family. And I was excited to learn to make vegetable powders to add to soups and sauces, that purple string beans can be used to indicate when your beans are properly blanched, and who knew you could dry potato slices? This book represents decades of food gardening knowledge and I can’t wait to give it to a few of my gardener friends, both new and experienced. -- Rosalind Creasy, award-winning writer and edible landscaping pioneer


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This is the nicest interview with Theresa Loe at Living Homegrown. She is a wonderful teacher, and a funny lady, too! 
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Dehydrating tomatoes
You will be amazed at how many fresh vegetables can be put by as pickles.
Growing food crops like sweet peppers that can be frozen, pickled or dried gives you plenty of food preservation options.
Productive small fruits like blueberries can be frozen for later use in jams, baking, or you can use them in homemade wine. 
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This is a nice podcast from Urban Farm that captures the spirit of the Homegrown Pantry in an entertaining and enlightening way. Enjoy!