Real Food

How to find fresh, seasonal, sustainable foods, plus delicious, healthy recipes.

Edible Flowers from the Garden

By Celeste Longacre

Want to wow your dinner guests? Put some edible flowers on their plates. Learn how here.

Buckwheat Corn Muffins with Blueberries

By Sue Van Slooten

Milling your own flour is a delicious way to add nutrition and flavor to your recipes. Want maximum taste? Mill your own buckwheat for these Blueberry Corn Muffins.

How to Make Elderflower Syrup

By Hannah Wernet

Elderflowers can be found growing on wasteland, even in the heart of the city. Learn how to use the flowers to make a simple syrup for adding to refreshing summer drinks.

3 Low-Sugar Methods for Preserving Strawberries

By Eric Reuter, Chert Hollow Farm

Strawberries are a core component of our annual diet, as they’re one of the easiest fruits to grow and preserve. Many guidelines for strawberry preservation call for extraordinary amounts of added sugar, which we’ve found quite unnecessary for the fresh, sweet, high-quality berries we grow. Here are the three main ways we handle our fresh berries.


Make the Most of Cherries with Sauce, Preserves, and Dehydrating

By Wendy Akin

Blogger Wendy Akin makes the most of cherry season with these recipes and tips.

Homemade Hot Sauce with Fresh or Dried Chile Peppers

By Carole Cancler

This is my favorite homemade hot sauce recipe. It includes several variations to make use of ingredients you may have on hand.

Dry Curing: The Tastiest Way to Preserve Meat

By Karen Christian, Swiss Hills Ferments

There are plenty of methods for preserving meat. Dry curing involves salting and then drying of meats until they are safe to eat and shelf-stable, even at room temperatures. With a little bit of salt, some time, and the right conditions, you, too, can turn your leg of venison into prosciutto or your farmstead's pork belly into pancetta.

How Can We Afford to Not Eat Real Food? (With Farmer's Cheese Recipe)

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Work trade, dumpster diving, volunteering on farms, scrounging, growing — let me break down some of the ways I get good-quality food for a great price.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.