Welcome to A Pickle and a Pumpkin, where I will take you through the seasons of fresh and local foods you can find here in West Michigan, and inspire others around the country to seek out, enjoy and hopefully preserve the amazing, seasonal, local foods in your area.
Here in West Michigan, winter snow tends to be measured by the foot, not the inch. This past winter found us with a few feet of the white stuff on the ground around Christmas time, which was great for a White Christmas, but was brutal for driving. During the cold, unforgiving winter season, my family enjoyed all the delicious goodness we worked hard all spring, summer and fall to “put up”: frozen strawberries, blueberries and cherries, canned and frozen green beans, frozen broccoli and celery, canned sauerkraut, canned tomatoes, homemade pizza and spaghetti sauce, flavorful jams and even home raised chickens. And our most abundant, home grown delights: Pickles and Pumpkin!
Check back frequently to A Pickle and a Pumpkin as I take you on a seasonal journey through local foods, teach you how and where to get the best deals on bulk produce, how to preserve all that local goodness, and how to use the food you’ve saved to feed your family all year long. I will share with you the essential kitchen tools for “putting up” food, and even introduce you to some of my favorite local farmers. Also, as I learn more about growing my own food, I will impart my gardening wisdom on you all as well.
Thanks for coming along on this journey with me!
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants” -Michael Pollan