Food Self-Sufficiency: Top Crops for Homegrown Food Year-Round

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If you’re seeking true self-sufficiency, growing crops that are productive, nutrient-dense and easy to store or preserve will bring you a big step closer to reaching your goal — and will ensure lots of fabulous eating! Sound appealing? This Guide to Top Crops for Food Self-Sufficiency features our best articles on growing and stowing potatoes, carrots, beets, apples, onions, garlic, winter squash and many other superstar storage crops.

While we all love eating fresh spring salads and straight-off-the-vine tomatoes, with a little planning, you can turn your garden into a year-round source of food, decreasing your dependence on the grocery store — even in winter. You’ll also learn how to grow beyond fruits and veggies and cultivate your own pantry staples such as wheat, rice, grain corn and dry beans.



How to Grow Apples

A Guide to Grafting Apple Trees

How to Prune an Apple Tree

Growing Apple Trees Ecologically: A Guide to a Low-Spray Orchard

How to Espalier Apple Trees

Growing Dwarf Fruit Trees and Nut Trees


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Apples

Spiced Apple Chutney

Make Your Own Hard Cider

Apple Vinegar From Peels and Cores

How to Make Applesauce


Harvest Fruit Favorites: Seasonal Apple Recipes
Candied Apples, Chicken-Apple Curry and Apple-Sweet Potato Bake

Cooking With Apples: 11 Delicious Fall Recipes
Apple and Raspberry Pie, Open-Faced Apple Sandwiches, Apple Ratatouille, Spinach Apple Salad, Apple Frittata, Apples and Red Cabbage, Applesauce Gingerbread, Grated Apple Fritters, Apple Cream Cheese Tart

The Perfect Apple Pie

Apple Soup Stock

Apple Salad With Pecorino Romano

Fennel, Celery and Apple Salad


All About Growing Beets

Growing Beets in Your Vegetable Garden

Sweet Beets


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Beets

Pickled Beets


Baked Beets in Béchamel Sauce

Polish Chlodnik Litewski (Cold Beet Soup)

Simple Beet and Balsamic Salad

Beet Burgers



All About Growing Cabbage

Count on Cabbage

Growing Cabbage in the Garden


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Cabbage

Got Cabbage? Make Sauerkraut!


Easy Cabbage Recipes

Simple Cabbage Salad

Stir-Fried Cabbage

Festive Fruity Coleslaw

Golubtsy (Stuffed Cabbage Leaves)



All About Growing Carrots

Growing Carrots in Your Vegetable Garden

Crunchy, Colorful Carrots


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Carrots

Sweet, Crunchy Winter Carrots


Carrot-Apple Nut Muffins

Roasted Root Vegetables



All About Growing Celery


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Celery


Creamed Celery Soup

Fennel, Celery and Apple Salad

Curried Celery Soup

        Dry Beans


All About Growing Beans

Three Rare Beans

How to Grow Shell Beans
(includes information on dry beans as well)


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Dry Beans


Frijoles de Olla

Pinto Bean and Corn Recipes

Try These Satisfying, Low-Cost Bean Dishes



All About Growing Garlic

How to Grow Garlic (And Why You Should)

How to Grow Great Garlic: Expert Tips for a Blue-Ribbon Crop

Plant Garlic in Fall for a Larger, Healthier Crop


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Garlic

Guide to Growing and Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


Garlic Recipes: Garlic Dip, Soup, Ice Cream and More
Eggplant Tapenade, Creamy Spinach Dip, Caldo Con Ajo (Garlic Soup), Artichoke-Garlic Dip, Garlic Ice Cream

Garlic Powder

Good ‘n Garlicky Soup

Garlic Croutons

Roasted Garlic

Chickpea Salad With Garlic and Herbs

        Grain Corn


Floriani Red Flint Grain Corn: The Perfect Staple Crop for Every Homestead


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Grain Corn


Floriani Polenta

Baked Floriani Corn Mush

Corn Pancakes à la Floriani

Floriani Cornmeal Pizza Crust

Floriani Hush Puppies With Chipotle Sauce

Shrimp and Floriani Grits



Long Live Leeks


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Leeks


Bacon, Blue Cheese, Lemon and Leek Quiche

Fennel and Leek Soup

Rice With Leeks and Mushrooms



All About Growing Onions

Pick the Perfect Onions

The Other Onions

How to Grow Onions, Garlic and More

Storage Onions: You Can Grow Onions That Keep All Winter Long


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Onions



The Benefits of Growing Parsnips


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Parsnips


Ginger-Glazed Parsnips

Lemon and Parsnip Soup



Growing Pears


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Pears


Grilled Pears With Honey-Cinnamon Crème Fraîche

Poached Pears

Pear and Blueberry Polenta Cake

Pear Crisp With Horseradish

Arugula, Pear, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad With Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Sautéed Pears With Vanilla Whipped Cream



All About Growing Potatoes

When and How to Plant Potatoes

How to Grow Potatoes

Make Your Own No-Space Potato Barrel

One Potato, Two Potato, Fingerlings Galore!


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Potatoes


Great Potato Recipes
Potato and Leek Soup, Spicy Oven Fries, Healthy Mashed Potatoes, Spinach-Stuffed Potatoes, Winter Potato Salad, Chocolate Potato Cake

Swedish Potato Sausage

Potato and Jerusalem Artichoke Latkes

Caldo Verde: Portuguese-Style Kale and Potato Soup

Peruvian Lomo Saltado

Pumpkin Gnocchi With Sage Butter

Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe

Thick Potato Soup With Butter Dumplings

Speedy Spud Soup



Growing Pumpkins

Growing Pumpkins for Cooking, Eating and Carving


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Pumpkins

How to Pick and Preserve a Pumpkin


Grilled Pumpkin With Rosemary and Sea Salt

Rigatoni With Pumpkin and Bacon

Pumpkin Purée

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Gnocchi With Sage Butter



Growing Rice

        Sweet Potatoes


Grow Sweet Potatoes — Even in the North

The Sweetest Potato

How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

Growing Bush Sweet Potatoes


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Sweet Potatoes


Enjoy Fall Flavors With Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes
Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Curried Sweet Potato Soup, Sweet Potato Molasses Pie

Southern Peanut Stew With Sweet Potatoes and Collard Greens

Sweet Potato Colcannon

Sweet Potato Crisps

Baked Sweet Potato Salad

Apple-Sweet Potato Bake



Growing Your Own Wheat

        Winter Squash


All About Growing Winter Squash

Winter Squash: Big Yields From Spectacular Plants

Wonderful Winter Squash

Growing Squash: From Plant to Plate


How to Harvest, Cure and Store Winter Squash


Butternut Squash Lasagna

Butternut Squash Gratin

Cooking Winter Squash
Spicy Squash Soup, Baked Acorn Squash, Harvest Salad, Spaghetti Squash With Ancho Sauce, Pumpkin/Squash Muffins

Butternut Bisque Soup

Smoky Bacon and Butternut Squash Pasta

Caramelized Kabocha Squash

Wild Rice and Squash Pilaf

Butternut Squash and Chive Cakes

Maple-Baked Acorn Squash