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Celebrate National Apple Week with Delicious Recipes and Tips

Ever since Eve took some snake’s bad relationship advice, the apple has been an important part of our lives.

Apples come in many colors and subtle differences of flavor, each unique and bursting with vitamins. In temperate climates they’re easy to grow, and recipes abound for cooking with them in both sweet and savory dishes, as well as preserving them by canning or drying.

This week is National Apple Week, and to celebrate we are offering a bushel of books with tips for growing your own apples, lists of rare varieties, nutrition information about apples, and recipes.

The books below are on sale for 25% off until August 13.

The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips
Phillips’s newest book demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, soil biology, and organic health management.
The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist, Second Edition by Michael Phillips
For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals to control a range of pests. This book shows it is possible to grow apples organically, and teaches you how.
Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes by Diane Imrie and Richard Jarmusz
Created by a nutritionist and a chef, this gorgeous cookbook has plenty of unique apple recipes including Simple Apple Cheddar Turnovers and Delicata Squash with Apple.
Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts by Creighton Lee Calhoun
An indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.


New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More

Pass the Walnut Syrup?

Everyone knows and loves maple syrup, and in some states (like Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont), it’s big business. However, it’s a widespread myth that maples are the only trees that can be tapped to produce sap, according to Michael Farrell, sugarmaker and director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest. Sap can also be collected […] Read More

4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More
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