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

Food Self SufficiencyIf 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 

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