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Old 08-26-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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I do, I do! I feel better knowing what I am feeding my family when I grow and can it myself. Besides the added flavor it really is a cost savings when you have all the equipment to can. I spent a total of $27 for seeds or plants for my garden and so far I have over 100 jars of food in my cabinets. We put out sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, cukes, potatoes, cabbage, kohlrabi, bell peppers and onions. I have apple trees and get peaches, cherries and pears from our neighbors. Love to score some grapes but haven't found a free local source yet.

When I bring veggie soup to a church carry in there are a few guys that comment on how mine tastes better than their own wives. Then the wives come ask me my secret....................... home grown veggies that I can! Same with my meats we buy locally from a farmer who takes it to a local processing place. We use to raise our own but with my family dwindling not enough hands to go around with all the chores. Most of the egg sellers around here have gone out of business so I have to buy mine at the grocery store. I refuse to pay $3-4 per dozen for what some around here are calling "organic". That is just bunk they are charging that much for natural feeding.

Only herbs I grow are chives. Right now our neighbor lady has pears glore, she has called several people to come get them nobody will. We are headed down there tonight for a 2nd bushel of pears to put up for winter! Wish they would keep as long as our apples do fresh. I will take her some of our apples when they are ready. I don't understand why people would turn down free food.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Mid Missouri (Miz-oo-ree)
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Question Where's the beef

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I'm not talk'n fresh as in " got it at the store and it said fresh". I'm talk'n fresh as in you go cut the herbs, veggies, what ever in the back yard type of fresh.

What a difference it makes, yes? Anyone else notice? What do you use?

I use tomatoe, corn on the cob, potatoes, oninons, chives, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and licorice taste'n stuff... to name a few.
You embarrase me CC. What kind of omnivore are you. Sure I enjoy fresh veggies as much as the next guy but I don't forget to mention the fresh meat. There you are in the middle of meatland and not even a word about it. Oh the shame of it all.......Tell you what; you invite me to the "next" pork chop fest (or beef) and I'll pretend this didn't happen
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Beef isn't served fresh! It gets hung up to rot for a month so it will be tender and tasty they tell me???? How about it cave man? Am I just a little bit right???
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:38 PM
 
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Being single, and living in an apartment, its impossible to have a garden. But I do frequent the Farmer's Market for fresh produce/veggies.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I live in an area where everyone gardens and raises livestock so it isn't too hard for me to get frest veggies, herbs and fruits. I love to get bundles of fresh dill for my kitchen. You can't beat the smell.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Near Devil's Pond, Georgia
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Default When I can get it...

Fresh herbs and some vegetables I do have available...rosemary, spearmint, parsley, basil, thyme, lavender, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, banana peppers, gypsy peppers, onions, squash, spinach, kale, turnips (and greens), collards...but no meat or eggs. If my nephew catches some fish or bags a deer, I usually do have some of that. I have been getting some wild scuppernongs from the woods around my place lately...they are maturing early this year. I SHOULD be going after the chipmunks...they are all over the place right now...chipmunk on a stick! Except for a few of the herbs, I get my fresh produce and such when I visit my folks.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:37 AM
 
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We try.

My Grandparents have hens and chicken, hence fresh eggs and poultry (they're corn fed, no hormones or chemicals) They also have a quite big yard where they harvest lettuce, tomato, onion, oregano, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, etc-not for sale, only for our own consumption. Also assorted fruit (strawberries, apples, oranges, plums, peaches). Plus we also make our own wine.

We eat fish and seafood 3 or 4 times a week, always fresh-never frozen. Sometimes I just go to the estuary and pick clams or mussels (I got 2 lbs of clams in half our last saturday).

When I was a kid my grandparents had cows, sheep, swine, rabbits, etc. We ate a lot of that stuff.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: NYS
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Parsley just tops my list....lol !!
I use it in almost everything. From pasta to hamburgers..

I also use tomatoes, bell peppers and greens.
My mother grew collard greens and tomatoes in our backyard. She stopped planting, cause squirrels would devour them before the could use it

But thats just about it LOL !
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:45 PM
 
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You embarrase me CC. What kind of omnivore are you. Sure I enjoy fresh veggies as much as the next guy but I don't forget to mention the fresh meat. There you are in the middle of meatland and not even a word about it. Oh the shame of it all.......Tell you what; you invite me to the "next" pork chop fest (or beef) and I'll pretend this didn't happen
I'm an omnivore that eats meat w/fresh herbs.

Fresh beef/pork/chicks are a given.....my bad. Fresh seafood........yea, frozen is as close as we can get(to good fresh seafood). Nearest lake is 2hrs away, and it's dry'n up.
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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Beef isn't served fresh! It gets hung up to rot for a month so it will be tender and tasty they tell me???? How about it cave man? Am I just a little bit right???
No, Nomad, your not just a "little right". (you gotta screw loose somewhere. )

Exactly right, big boy. Get rid of the excess water so the flavor is more intense. Tender...........depends on the cut and the animal.......no matter how you do it.(but smoke'n is the best. )

We don't have as much dry cured meat as one would think. Most, 90%, is wet cured. Cheaper, and the seller makes more $$$/# as he gets paid for some water.

But yes, I can get about as "fresh" as you want 1/2 mile from my house. Go there to pay feed bill anyway.
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