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Setting up our blog for Coach Stop Farm

We've had a farm web site for years, but blogging seems to be a better way to connect people with people directly - that's the beauty of the Internet, isn't it?
We decided we wanted to blog about food - we raise most of our own meat, lots of vegetables and some fruits in season, and also search out sources for bulk fruits (Michigan is SOOOO lucky with the choices we have for fruit!) that we can or otherwise preserve. While we are not adamant about "no processed foods", we have gravitated over the years to a diet that s primarily made from scratch - fresh food, prepared for a meal or preserved for future use, the only additives being seasonings. Can't tell you the last time we bought anything "processed" at the grocery store, with the exception of peanut butter and ketchup - and that last only when we run out of the home-canned stuff!
So, we hope to share some of our activities through the seasons here on Coach Stop Farm, recipes, ideas, resources for like-minded people - food is fun, and we hope to make this blog a fun place to visit and become inspired. We realize not everyone is able to raise so much of their own food, but together we can promote the basics of how to become more self-sufficient even living in a city apartment.
We're just getting started in this world of blogging, so things will evolve. Please don't hesitate to offer constructive comments about what you see here (or what you don't, and would like to see!)


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