Archive for the ‘Food & Beverage’ Category

Goats 101 Class We are holding another Goats 101 class this weekend for those who couldn’t make it last weekend. It’s this Saturday morning (the 14th) at 10am. The cost is $40. We’ll demonstrate routine goat care so you know what goes into the day to day of caring for goats. You will also get […]

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We are proud to be participating in Farm To Fork Loudoun 2015! There are 8 restaurants we have partnered with to serve our amazing, beyond organic, farm products. We have completely SOLD OUT of all of our meats and eggs for this event! That means you are going to find a lot of delicious pekin […]

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In case you had not heard, we are participating in this years Farm-to-Fork Loudoun event, a week of special menus in area restaurants featuring locally sourced foods. We personally support this effort because we believe in the principles of eating healthy, locally produced, foods. The most recent edition of the local magazine Posh Seven has […]

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Spring is here! Well, it feels that way at least. As the days warm up and get longer, we are busy completing projects on the homestead. Unfortunately that means there’s been less time to record all the excitement here on the blog, and I missed posting an update last Friday. Sorry! Here’s an update on […]

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Welcome!

Welcome to Independence Homestead’s website! This site serves our two main goals: 1. To Provide Health-Promoting Food & Farm Products We believe in the importance of nutritious food that contributes to health and fights disease, and we seek to provide such food to those in our community. We also offer various other products that contribute to a […]

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This evening we had the great opportunity to take part in Food For Thought Initiative‘s Skip Sugar Day! We enjoyed being a part of the farmer’s market. For those whom we met, thanks for taking the time to come by our booth! We enjoyed getting to share our products with you. As I promised to […]

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Here at the homestead we are excited to announce our newest offering: handcrafted soaps, beauty and bath products from Whispering Willow Soap Company. This small business is based in North Carolina, and they make the best soap! Their offerings use organic oils, and are fragranced solely with natural essential oils. We are so happy to […]

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I wrote this book review addressing the challenges regarding potentially hazardous chemicals in our everyday products. We have discussed how we would like to lessen any unnecessary chemical exposure in our home. Our homesteading work has done a lot to give us chemical-free options. Our organic garden gives us food free of herbicides and pesticides.  We […]

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If you buy a Perdue chicken in the grocery store, you might think it had lived a comfortable avian middle-class existence. “Doing the right thing is things like treating your chickens humanely,” Jim Perdue, the company’s chairman, says in a promotional video. The company’s labels carry a seal of approval from the Department of Agriculture […]

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As we enjoy the cooler fall weather and prepare for winter, there have been a lot of fun happenings on the farm! Whiskey found a butternut squash from a volunteer plant that must’ve grown from compost.   Apparently butternut squash is Whiskey’s idea of a dog treat! We have also seen several walking sticks around. […]

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Are you familiar with the Slow Food movement? It was started in the 1980s as a reaction to the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome. People had enough of “fast food” that comes at the expense of health, taste, and culture. Now, Slow Food is an international organization whose mission is “good, clean and fair food […]

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Today I stumbled upon this article, which summarizes the results of numerous studies highlighting the health benefits of eating eggs. The author highlights how egg consumption has not been shown to increase cholesterol in most people, and how no research shows egg consumption links to heart disease. In fact, eggs contain many wonderful nutrients: B vitamins, […]

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As we celebrated our first eggs from our laying hens, I wanted to mark the occasion by preparing them differently than our standard method of over medium.  I remembered a friend talking about egg-in-a-hole, and that seemed like an interesting way to make the eggs, especially since I had just made some bread!  I loosely […]

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We collected the first egg from our flock today!  For a couple of weeks we’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of eggs.  The earliest chickens are known to lay is 16 weeks, but the breeds we have typically lay later than that.  This egg came at 19.5 weeks.  For the hen that laid the egg, […]

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I’ve spent some time absorbing all of the information in The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live it by John Seymour. This book is an amazing resource that covers so many aspects of homesteading!  Since the book covers a wide range of topics, it doesn’t go into too much depth on any one.  I could […]

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Yesterday I read the book Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power by Mark Schapiro. This book was clearly written with a liberal bias.  The author praises the European way of addressing the chemicals present in everyday products, and is very anti-Bush administration.  I could be okay with […]

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Our first pepper is growing!  I can’t wait to eat it.  We have many other pepper plants, but they haven’t grown fruit yet.  So right now this one is getting lots of attention and love.

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For a while now we have been wanting to build a solar oven.  This summer we’ve made it happen! First we did some research on solar ovens.  There are several different configurations one can build.  We went with a box cooker design.  This is not the type of solar oven that gets the hottest, but […]

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In Brewing Beer Part 1 I wrote about ordering a brewing kit and getting the solution ready to ferment.  The beer sat in the primary fermenting bucket for a little under a week.  Once there was no more gas bubbling out of the airlock, we knew that no more fermenting was going on.  That meant […]

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Water!

Here at Independence Homestead, a big part of being self-sufficient is being able to get through an emergency.  In our area there was a huge storm on Friday night.  While our homestead came through the storm just fine, over 200,000 people in our county were still without power 24 hours later.  Plus several areas had […]

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A Wishful Wednesday realized!  As we wrote in this post, we wanted  to brew beer.  Shortly thereafter, there was a Groupon for a beginning brewing kit from Midwest Supplies.  We scooped that up, and ordered our brewing kit with the oatmeat stout recipe kit.  If you order a kit, open it right away!  There’s yeast […]

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Our new homesteading friends invited us to their homestead this weekend to participate in their chicken harvest.They had a couple other friends over to help with the process, so the six of us worked through the afternoon processing their 15 meat chickens, culminating everything with a wonderful dinner of fried chicken that could not be any more fresh and independent!

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