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  • Preserving the Harvest VS. Put 'Em Up

    I'm sure many of you are reaping the bounty of your harvests this summer! It's always a fun and busy season when that produce starts kicking in and the “preserving” season has begun.

    It can also be a stressful time, though, and that's where a great book to guide you makes all the difference. We have 2 amazing books on food preservation - The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest by Carol W. Costenbader AND Put 'em Up by Sherri Brooks Vinton - which often leads people to wonder which they should choose.

    When we go to Garden Shows or Expos, I have been asked many times, 'What's the difference between the two?' or 'Which one do you like better?'

    So I thought I would compare the two and share what each book has to offer.

    Lets talk about PUT 'EM UP:

    1. Includes step-by-step instructions for freezing, drying, pickling, and canning.

    2. Covers 33 different vegetables and fruits.

    3. Easy referencing. For example, when you find yourself in abundance of tomatoes, you only have to look under the “Tomato” section and find recipes like “Heirloom Tomato Salsa” or "Easy Bake Tomato Paste". Just simply look up your vegetable or fruit, and find the recipe you are looking for.

    4. You can also find different preserving recipes for whichever vegetable you are working with. Just choose the method that is right for you.

    5. No need to be an expert! The recipes are easy to follow.

    6. Practical recipes with basic ingredients.

    7. Includes a great resource section in the back of the book about local, sustainable farming and home preservation.

    Now let's talk about THE BIG BOOK OF PRESERVING THE HARVEST:

    1. Tells us the best methods of preserving for over 60 vegetables and fruits,including canning, freezing, drying, cold storage, pickling, and juicing... just to name a few.

    2. Gives information on when to harvest and what to look for when produce is ready in the garden.

    3. Step-by-step instructions.

    4. Divided into sections such as “Canning” with all the instructions followed by several canning recipes. Then you'll find the“Drying” section, followed by several drying recipes, and so on.

    5. Easy to follow. Packed with a lot of “extra” information, including hundreds of “tips” throughout the book.

    6. Learn how to make your own vinegars and seasonings.

    7. Several fun ideas for gift-giving your preserved food.

    So even though both books teach us how to preserve our food, both have a unique spin and give us something special. And each one is FULL of valuable information, whether you are a beginner or an expert.

    What is your "Go-To Book" when the produce starts filling up your kitchen? What's your favorite way to preserve food?

    Leave a comment below, along with your email, and your name will be entered in our Gift Certificate Giveaway! Winner will be notified by email on September 10.

  • The Blog is Back!

    The Blog is back!  Finally! The Blog is back! (Try saying that fast 3 times!  It ain't easy!) We've enjoyed a crazy-busy schedule this past year within the business and within the family.  But we have missed our blog and the lessons to be learned within and without here.  So with the start of a new year (and not a minute too soon! January has flown by!) we want to reintroduce the White Harvest Seed Blog and tell you how excited we are to be back!

    To see what we've been up to, you can read our Annual Letter here.

    In the coming months through our blog, stay informed with garden-wise information for every season and day in between, advice for green thumbs and beginners alike, and news from the gardening community. You'll also see what we're up to here at our seed store and on our farm. Also, subscribe to our blog and Like us on Facebook to be the first to receive our special announcements, coupons, and give-aways!

    Enough about us.  So tell us - how have YOU been?

  • Why Buy From Us

    We all know there is a wide variety of seed companies out there. With so many options, gardeners naturally need some conclusions - answers to help them thin out the reliable sources from the "not-so-much."

    We're not here to point out what you're missing from the other seed businesses. Instead, we want to let you in on what we have to offer you!

    First and foremost, we want your gardens to grow, flourish, and produce harvests that will feed your families and reduce your dependence on other sources. Simpler living, self-sufficiency, and healthier food for your family is extremely important! We promise to do our best to help you achieve this with quality seed products, reliable resources of garden information, and friendly customer service.

    Our family has been employees as well as customers of other seed companies in the past. Through those experiences we've come to realize the importance of REAL concern for the customer in all business matters. We plan to use what we've learned to move forward, in hopes that these lessons will make a difference for other gardeners as it has for us.

    We want ALL our customers to be happy with the products and service they receive. We want them to be informed and prepared to succeed no matter what. And most of all, we hope to grow a business friendship based on honesty and loyalty!

    A lot of the seed out there being sold comes from common sources. So, in the end, it comes back to the heart of the business - the customers and their gardens. Whether you're happy with your present seed company or not, you might consider giving us a try. You might be surprised!

    We wish you the best in your gardening journey!

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