Living in a town of 500 people, growing up in a mobile home with acres surrounding, and farms surrounding that, at first I felt underprivileged. Now, as a young adult developing in this high paced world of cell phones, McDonalds, and the internet, I feel quite fortunate of my past. Living near the farms, living on a tight budget,and  living the slow, steady rural life, I was taught some very important things; taught to grow food, taught to fix my own clothes, taught to cook, and taught to preserve, and taught to enjoy working hard. I would like to revive those skills for my generation and new generations to come. I am Megan French, I am a student, a baker, a sister, a daughter, a lover, and an optimist of our future. But this future, I believe, all starts with food.

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  1. I just discovered your blog. I plan on using some of your recipes! Hope you and Shane are doing well. I miss you guys.

  2. Hi Megan – I saw your message on the bulletin board at Wandering Goat. Just read your recent post. I have been meaning to check out Blue River Res for some time. I think you just gave me a boot in the butt to get out there. I have a small sit on top kayak that I think would be perfect for fishing out there.

    I own a small business importing a steam juicer from Finland called the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer. It is a great tool for preserving fruit and vegetable juice throughout the season. Really high quality and well designed. I am also a canning enthusiast as well as other home processing methods and I volunteer for Lane County Extension Service Master Food Preservers. My business blog is the Canning with Mehu-Liisa site that I liked you from. I chronicle my u-pick, canning and food preserving exploits there. Please check it out if you get a chance.

    Also, I think I friended you with my personal blog as well – Slowdunk Express. This is where I post about my life as an artist and songwriter. I hadn’t intended to do that but forgot I was logged in on that account. Anyway, if you get a chance I hope you visit that blog too!

    Glad to find a kindred spirit blogging about things that are important and meaningful in life.

    Take Care
    Daniel

  3. I have to agree. I grew up in a town a bit larger than you. But in an area that was pretty rural, and now looking back I wouldn’t trade that for the world. Now being a parent, I want to offer that to my 2 children (4 and 2 1/2). My husband and I are trying out best. I only started canning about 5 years ago (thanks to a Fig Tree). This year is the first year that I have really put up any real stock for the winter and early spring. It feels great to be able to say that “I did that!”.

    I also wanted to let you know about a company that I use called “Pacific Pectin”. I don’t know how much jam you make in a year, but I make a ton. I sell low-sugar jams and jellies at the Brownsville, OR Farmers Market. They have one called LM-3 (I know, high tech and stuff) but the cost is low and it is 0-55% sugar and you can use honey, agave, nothing, whatever you like. I haven’t had a batch fail me yet! And I don’t normally work in small batches.

    I will be making my first purchase at the Shedd, Fill Your Pantry Event this up coming weekend. I am super excited. I hear that they haven’t advertised this year like they have in the past. Lots of great people to support. I hope next year to be a vendor there myself.

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