Growing up, I remember looking through my father’s old Reader’s Digest’s Back to Basics book (still have it!) and drooling over the photo of a lady putting up her canned goods. I so wanted to have a pantry like that! This year, I pretty darn close to rivaling the lady in the photo.
From Hippie to Hip
In those days, canning was considered practical art, appealing to those yearning for a simpler, more self-sufficient and economical way of living . These days, canning is now considered the hip thing to do — touted a proactive revolutionary act to reduce food miles and footprint. This recent and informative article came to my attention since Peddler’s Wagon is proudly part of Co-Cop America – thought I’d share it.
Think Globally, Can Locally
Canning local fruits and veggies will tantalize your taste buds and reduce your carbon footprint all year round.
Even after you’ve bitten into the last ripe peach from the tree in your backyard or the last strawberry from the farm on the outskirts of your town, realize you don’t have to say goodbye to those succulent local favorites at the end of summer. By canning and preserving local produce, you can enjoy it out of season, stretching an abundant harvest to nourish you year-round. Cannercopia
Why not just go to the store and pick up more peaches and strawberries during the winter? Because they likely came from a warmer climate thousands of miles from where you live, and transporting them from the tree to your fruit bowl has environmental costs well beyond the price you pay at the store.
Eating local produce—either from your own garden or a nearby farm—helps limit your “food miles,” or the distance food travels from the farm to your plate, thereby cutting CO2 emissions. Buying from a local farmer also supports your community’s economy.
Perhaps best of all, preserving fresh produce by canning it allows you to enjoy the freshest-tasting peaches, berries, tomatoes, and green beans long after the summer farmers’ markets close up shop. Here’s what you need to know. …