Eat Close to Home

Helping you buy, grow, preserve, and cook food produced in the Great Lakes area.

Helping you buy, grow, preserve, and cook food produced in the Great Lakes area.

Seedling

Gardening

How to start a garden, tend your plants, and harvest crops.

Pickles

Preserving

Learn how to preserve food by caning, pickling (lactofermenting), root cellaring, and more.

Chopping Carrots

Cooking

How to cook with local foods year-round and make the most of preserved foods. Paleo, non-dairy, vegetarian, vegan, and low-sugar recipes.


Most Recent Blog Posts

Microgreen Kit Comparison

Microgreens are all the rage, and for good reason. They are 4-40x more nutritious than their full-size counterparts, can be grown indoors without lights in any season, and are beautiful and tasty to eat. And, as we’re all hunkering down waiting for COVID-19 to burn itself out, lots of people are realizing a little greenContinue reading “Microgreen Kit Comparison”

Flavor Garden

This garden is designed for maximum flavor – taste you literally can’t buy. Garlic – ranges from sweet to peppery to downright hot! If you want garlic scapes, too, be sure to buy “hardneck” varieties. Tomatoes – there are hundreds or thousands of kinds of tomatoes to suit every palate. Every color, every shape, everyContinue reading “Flavor Garden”

Money-Saving Garden

This garden is designed to grow some of the most expensive crops you buy. Sadly, I’m writing for a Michigan audience, so avocados aren’t on the list! But here are some things to try. In April (in southern Michigan), plant these things: Lettuce – surprisingly pricey per pound. Most of the price comes from theContinue reading “Money-Saving Garden”

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