When we bought a new freezer this fall, I was worried that it was way too big and we’d never fill it, even though the freezer of our refrigerator was full with veggies, homemade stock, and fruit waiting to be baked into pies. In the last two months, we’ve filled it up the new freezer quite a bit.
We have fish that Ed and his brother Chris caught over the summer. We both love blackfish, and that’s mostly what’s in the freezer.
We have 3/4 of a pig. We just got back the smoked hams, bacon and sausage, in addition to the pork chops, roasts, ribs and tenderloin.
We have 1/8 of a cow (we split 1/4 with Chris and Melissa). Lots of ground beef and some roasts and steaks are just waiting to be thawed and cooked. We just got the beef from Ed’s cousin John and his wife Kris. They moved from Ed’s hometown to upstate NY to try to make a go at raising beef. Ed and I are really happy that we got the beef from them because now we know where more of our food is coming from and we’ve gotten away from industrial beef. Not to mention the fact that we’re supporting a small family farm.
In the future, we hope to be able to get even more of our food locally. My family and our garden are able to supply almost all of the produce we need. Ed and I are also planning to plant some fruit trees in the spring. Ed’s family is planning to get more pigs next year and add turkeys into the mix. Ed and I are even discussing getting some laying hens someday when we build our barn. I’m not a big fan of chickens, but I do like eggs. We’d also like to build a small greenhouse off of our barn for me to start seedlings and grow even more fresh veggies all year. We can dream, right?
I’d love to hear about changes you’ve made (or traditions you’ve continued) to eat locally.