So much to be done on a homestead in Autumn, to finish out summer, and prepare for winter.
We’ve gotten a lot done in a short time.
My husband and two sons have been busy with lots of building around here!
The garden is almost ready to be crossed off the list. We’ve gotten 75% of the potatoes out now. Everything else but the beets and carrots have been removed, and preserved.
I’ve been canning stewed tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, pickles, apple juice and grape juice.
We’ve prepared and frozen about 90 pounds of applesauce, as well as cranberries for future sauce, raspberries for crumble, and sliced apples for pies. I’m hoping to can some apple pie filling and lots more apple juice.
This year the dehydrator has been running overtime. Tomatoes, celery, celery leaves, Swiss chard, onions, and even lettuce.
We still have pigs to finish out with approximately the next month.
And a full cow will be ready this month as well. We are adding two more freezers to our workshop. At this rate we may be better off investing in an industrial full size freezer. However, I most likely won’t be feeding eight people forever, so one day we won’t need quite as much food put away. At least not all in our small home! 😉
Things have been busy, but good. We’ve all decided we love fall on the prairies as much as summer now that we have our own homestead and the worries of where we will be have been left behind.
It’s so very good to finally be home.
How have you been preparing for winter and finishing out your summer? We’d love to hear from you!