If I buy strawberries in the middle of winter, the berries taste horrible. So does everything else that travels over 1,000 miles to the local grocery store. I don't understand how our culture got to the point of transporting food from so far away, when that same food product can be grown in our backyards.
Goal: Eat food when in season.
Purchasing or eating food when it is in season might seem like a difficult task. But people ate seasonal food for many years and lived without having to eat cardboard strawberries in winter. How did people eat during winters? They preserved their food! I think food preservation is so important nowaday because it is one step closer to self sufficiency and sustainability.
Last year was our first year of canning strawberry jam...our first year of canning anything for that matter. We just finished off our last jar of jam. But we aren't too sad because our local U-Pick strawberry farm just opened yesterday! And now we get to start the whole process over again. Canning, freezing, and dehydrating- it makes a messy kitchen, but the results are delicious!