Real Food

Learn how to find fresh, seasonal and sustainable foods. Plus, healthy real food recipes.


Join Kirsten Shockey, Christopher Shockey, and Jonathon Carr as they discuss the wonderful world of microbes, what their favorite ferments are, and the many things in your home that you can do with ferments. 

Garlic Scapes on the Homestead: How to Cook, Pickle and Grow Them

By Rosemary Hansen

Be inspired to cook, pickle, and grow your own garlic scapes in your backyard homestead or community garden plot! Rosemary shares her favorite lacto-fermented pickle recipe for garlic scapes.

Beef Jerky Recipes from Around the World

By Carole Cancler

Beef jerky is easy to make using your oven or smoker. Change up the meat or the flavor with jerky marinade recipes from around the world.

Recipe: Best Ever Rhu-Berry Muffins

By Meghan DeJong Meg De Jong Nutrition

This muffins are melt-in-your mouth goodness and are perfect for this time of year when both fresh rhubarb and strawberries are in abundance.


How to Keep Cool in the Kitchen While Canning

By Renee Pottle

There is no way around it; canning the harvest is hot work. Hot work that is usually done while the outside temperature is rising. But there are a few ways to stay cool in the kitchen while canning.

Plant-Based Proteins on the Rise, Plus DIY Beet Burger Recipe

By Lisa Kivirist

With the sizzling growth of meat alternatives like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger, carnivores are increasingly choosing plant-based protein options. As seen at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Show, this new take on vegetarianism provides alternatives to eat lower on the food chain without sacrificing flavor or coming up short on protein. Experiment in your farmstead kitchen with a Beet Burger recipe using your beets.

How to Compost at Home

By Susan Gast

A few years ago, I had the privilege of living on acreage. There was no excuse to not have a compost pile. And another reason for having a compost pile was the fact I was on a raw food diet which meant lots and lots of leftover orange and banana skins!

Let’s Have Some Fun with Our Food!

By Sue Van Slooten

Once in a while, you just have to have fun with your food. And the funny names we give things, like Unicorn Farts. Yes, you heard correctly.They are tasty, and pretty to look at too!

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