“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

This and That

Yesterday was one of my favorite kinds of Autumn days...
slow and homey...
except for the fact that the day was hot and muggy (and buggy).
I am not sure what happened to our seasonal "cool"... but it seems to have left us.

Regardless, I pretended it was a chilly autumn day and dove into cooking.
It's a great season for local vegetables...
our local farm produce stand is overflowing with broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts,
and eggplant... of which I made broccoli salad, Cheesy cauliflower bake,
and fried eggplant.
We also used the last of this season's ugly apples and made this galette.
(Think free-form apple pie.)

Thanks to all of the effort put into gardening, orchards and berry patches, we eat very well here on the farm.
Our meat is all from local farms as well. 
And our vegetables are supplemented with local produce.

I realize that not everyone has the variety of local fare that we do,
but I highly encourage you to find out what you can buy from local growers.
After all, the closer to harvest that you can consume your produce,
the more nutrients that produce will contain.

Perhaps the best way to decrease your own grocery bills is to plant a garden.
A small garden, if planted well... can...

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