This time of year, we enjoy raw milk and homemade yogurt, butter, cheese and frozen and dried fruits and vegetables. I freeze extra eggs during the fall and use them through winter so I can force the chickens and ducks to take a "break," to ensure they make it through winter healthy and happy. Dairy products make up a large portion of our daily meals instead of wheat-based foods. I enjoy preparing meals from the chicken, turkey, quail and beef we raise and butcher on the farm. Knowing where our food came from, how it was treated, and what it was fed (or NOT fed, as the case may be), makes a huge difference. I find myself eating less and enjoying more as I eat, because I know the true cost and value of honestly-raised food.
There is a beautiful rhythm and healthful simplicity to being fully involved in every step of raising, growing, and preparing your own food.
Our livestock and poultry are still enjoying the stored squash and hay we planted and lovingly harvested all Summer and Fall. Winter chard and lettuces still grow in our gardens, despite the freezing temperatures. The fresh greens are a nice treat for our animals in the dark cold of winter.
Our ducks and geese have turned out to be the easiest birds to feed through winter - they are voracious foragers and will dig through two or more feet of snow in the pastures to eat winter grass and weeds.
Like our waterfowl, we eat with the seasons. It makes every meal comfort food.
What comfort foods are you enjoying this winter?