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5 Ways to Make Your Own Homemade Produce Wash #DIYFridayby  

Here are 5 simple and dirt-cheap homemade produce washes to help you keep the chemicals off your food (and also an easy guide to help you).

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Serving My Family Real Food in Imperfect Situations Part 2 (With a 4-day Meal Plan)by  

Did you miss the first part of this post? You can read it here. Now that you know what we've been buying are you curious what I've made with those foods, in sub-par kitchens at that? I tracked our actual... Read More

A Day in the Life: Diana (Real Food Mama Shopping for the Healthiest Food at the Lowest Prices)by  

Written by Diana, Contributing Writer I don't know about you, but these past few years have been the most challenging, economically, for my family. When my husband and I had our first child six years ago, we made the decision... Read More

5 Frugal Ways to Stock Up on Chemical Free Fruits and Vegetables to Preserveby  

Written by Diana, Contributing Writer Just like clockwork, late summer comes knocking with an explosion of fresh vegetables. This is a typical late summer harvest at my urban homestead.  I do my best to use as much as I can... Read More

Canning: Not What You Think!by  

Written by Anne S, Guest Writer In the "old days", canning was just part of the household routine, a useful way to preserve the bounty of the growing season for the cold dark days of winter. Mothers passed down the... Read More

Homemade Lemon Citrus Produce Wash {Natural, Fast, & Easy}by  

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer It's berry picking season and that means strawberry shortcakes, blueberry banana smoothies and berry jams & crisps but if you are like me, you make sure your fruits (and your veggies) get washed before you ever eat or make anything with... Read More

Having Vegetables When You Can’t Grow Your Ownby  

Written by Stacy Myers, Guest Writer I’m a country girl, born and raised on a farm in Virginia. My parents are excellent at growing a garden. I never remember a summer without having something to preserve, even if it was... Read More

Small Batch Dehydrating for the Summer Bountyby  

There's a woman who lives a few blocks down from me with this miraculous garden that seems to go from a freshly tilled plot to a wildly abundant gardener's delight in about one month flat (my husband keeps telling me... Read More

How to Peel Peaches and Tomatoes for Canningby  

Although I've been canning for 4-5 years now, it was only about 2 years ago that I learned this simple trick for peeling peaches that has made canning an easier task. I was missing out! My 6 year old and I... Read More

How to Plan Your Gardenby  

[caption id="attachment_10002" align="alignnone" width="518" caption="From my own garden plans, two of my raised beds with plans for greens, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli."][/caption] In our Gardening 101 series, we’ve talked about a lot of different things so far... how to... Read More

Finding a Local Farmerby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer With spring just around the corner, that means it’s time for outside activities!  Gardening is a big one we’ve been talking about in the last couple of weeks. But maybe, for some reason, you... Read More

Using Four Frugal Foods from the Produce Section Creativelyby  

Written by Cara, Contributing Writer As we have been focusing on eating grain free meals to help with some health issues, I've had to learn how to shop for other foods besides grains that are filling, healthy, and easy on... Read More

Loving My CSA: Learning to Eat a Variety of Seasonal Produceby  

Guest Post Written by Nicole Bennett My first experience with swiss chard was about a year and a half ago. That Martha Stewart, I thought, she always has the strangest ingredients in her recipes. Shortly after that, however, I subscribed... Read More

Understanding Communited Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) and Their Benefitsby  

Guest Post by Kate If you want to provide cheap, fresh, local produce for your family, you only have one option, right? To grow it yourself. But what if you don’t have time? Or energy? Or you have a brown... Read More

1000th Post Party Giveaway: Deluxe Excalibur 3900 9-Tray Dehydrator ($220 Value)by  

It's been a hard secret to keep, but at last I can announce that after the smashing success of our Excalibur Dehydrator giveaway last fall, it's time to give away another one! I've owned a 9-Tray Excalibur for about a... Read More

Organic Food on a Budgetby  

Written by Angela Beery, Contributing Writer Now that the spring season is upon us, it is the perfect time to talk about fresh, local produce! Many exciting opportunities are ahead of us in the coming months. I don't know about... Read More

Questions to Ask at Your Local Farmer’s Marketby  

Photo by shaggyshoo I grew up in West Michigan where the local farmer’s market was always a highlight of the summer.  Early on Saturday mornings my sisters and I would head to the market with mom to buy yummy, fresh,... Read More

What It Means to Vote With Our Dollarsby  

Today's grocery shopping outing was a bit of a disaster. Hungry, upset children, a crying baby and a frazzled mom. By the last store, I was barely looking at prices anymore as I tossed things into the cart that appeared... Read More

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