Food preservation is a science and an art at April Joy Farm. Each year, we work hard to prepare and store healthy, beautiful, sincere food that will last all winter. No matter how busy the summer and fall chores become, there will always be days devoted to putting the canner, dehydrator and pressure cooker to good use. The resultant food is not sold, rather it feeds the Farmer and her family all winter, an act of sustainability in and of itself. Most delightful of all, winter meals shared with friends and neighbors allow the food conversation to continue year round. It is preservation that teaches us what real ketchup tastes like, (without corn syrup), how cheerful golden peaches can warm the soul come dark December, and ultimate gratitude for the immensity of labor required to bring food to the dinner table, year round.
With food as the medium, preservation is a portrait of sustainability.