This is a friendly book that makes you feel like you are justsitting and having a chat with a knowledgeable modern day homesteader.PC Zick has adapted a sustainable lifestyle with gardening andpreserving in different climates, (Florida to Michigan to Pennsylvania)and urban to acreage. She shares her perspective in a manner that willbenefit interested readers in varying locations. There are tips in there for the novice and the more experienced. - Dr. Jennifer Shambrook, Author
From the Author
There are plenty of books out thereto give you the step-by-step instructions for starting a vegetable garden. In this book,we share our experience with gardening and preserving vegetables from our homein western Pennsylvania. I put together my LivingLightly blog posts from 2012 and 2013. When pulledtogether, the posts form a gardening journal. The vegetable recipes and canning and freezing guidesare ones I've tested in our own kitchen.
Most of all, we hope this book willencourage you to start your own garden. If that isn't possible, it mightencourage you to seek out local produce at farmers' markets or local roadsidestands.
You won't save money gardening, ifyou measure in the hours it takes to grow and preserve the vegetables. Thewhole process - from Seed to Table -requires time and hard work. However, nothing satisfies us more than spending amorning preparing and canning quarts of our own pasta sauce or salsa. There'ssymmetry to the work as we do the tomato shuffle in our kitchen. Reminders throughout the winter months come whenever we eata butternut squash from cold storage in the basement or savor steamed spinachfrozen last May or open a jar of zucchini relish that goes on top of fishfilets before baking.
We wish for you happy gardening andhealthy eating, and we hope our little book inspires you to take one small stepfrom Seed to Table.