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We celebrated a first this year with our first honey harvest. We share our bees with our good friends and it was such a special moment in our homesteading journey. Aiming as we do to be as self-sufficient as possible, a lot of the year that actually means doing without. Fresh tomatoes flown in from Spain in January just don’t taste as good as the ones we grow in August. Our own jam is better than what we can buy, so we’d rather wait.

Cider Pairings

When we first started selling cider in 2002, almost no-one even knew what it was. When Americans heard the word “cider” they thought brown unfiltered juice in a plastic jug. A lot has changed in the past 2 decades– cider now regularly makes national media…

Work Life Balance

It’s ironic in a way, to be writing a guest blog post for Homestead Mamas in the homestretch of harvest while I’m absolutely not manifesting any type of work-life balance what-so-ever. I’m writing to you while multitasking on cider production on what is probably my 40 straight 10 hour day of work. But it will be winter soon and things will ease up and over the past 20 years I’ve gotten used to the fact that folks are going to be thinking about apples, and ciders, and the people that grow and make them in the fall– when the apples are ripe!…

Misconceptions of the Homestead

My motivation to start homesteading sprouted many years before I spent any amount of time on social media.I’d never even spent much time on a farm! Oh, how I was so naive. I loved the idea of becoming self sustainable and growing/producing my own food. At the time I mostly wanted a garden and laying hens. I thought both would be romantic and magical…