Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Our Farm in Macleans Magazine!

It feels really nice when you get to read about what you do in a publication like Macleans! Please read the entire story at: Sosnicki's in Macleans!  It has become essential for us to continue to look at various ways to create value added products using our own produce to increase the viability of this farm business. We are a long way off from a successful processing business, however have it in the 'big picture' as soon as finances allow!  It seems very natural to me to 'preserve the seasons' as something I grew up with both my mother and grandmother doing.  I wouldn't feel comfortable relying on just grocery stores to feed me all winter. To have a bare fruit cellar and empty freezer come fall frost seems scary to me.  It's a very gratifying, awesome tasting, affordable way to sustainably live.  It does not take a million years in the kitchen to squirrel stuff away and also not hard to learn.  Small children can easily get fascinated by the whole process and be quite occupied helping to 'bag beans' or label items.  There is nothing quite snow flying on a cold January day and you've got a free range chicken roasting in the oven and a side of storage potatoes and sweet corn (nestled with golden organic butter) making your kitchen smell amazing, while you plan your next day's menu of using left over chicken, heating up some of your frozen green beans and carrots from storage to make a soul-warming chicken pot pie.....Canned heirloom tomatoes lend a hand with frozen peppers and frozen pesto cubes to create an amazing mid week pasta sauce!  I use this sauce for homemade pizza base, pizza toast etc,etc when left-over. The fields are booming people!  Head to your local farmer's market and buy some great food and take the time to squirrel a bit away for winter too! If you just can't find the time, I'll have frozen sweet corn and green beans available along with the perogies and kraut and a few new surprises too!  ***Thanks to my aunt Carol for giving the magazine copy to mom!  I never did get one, got busy, forgot about it....nice to have! Thank You!!*****