Think canning belongs in the 1950s? Think again! So much of what I grow is selected and planned around preservation. I want food security and freedom from grocery stores. About 75% of what I grow has been researched for the ability to store. The rest is for fresh eating. When COVID started, we didn’t set foot in a grocery store for 3 months. That was for dry goods like flour—and toilet paper ;).
For anyone interested, here’s my list of crops I’ve put together over time for shelf longevity, freezer quality and canning... I hope it’s helpful!
Bridger, Copra, Cortland, Patterson, Pontiac, Talon, Yellow Globe (includes heirloom and hybrids), Yellow Sweet Spanish
Southport White Globe, Stuttgarter, White Sweet Spanish
Brunswick (heirloom), Red Bull, Red Creole (heirloom), Red Wind
Elba, Katahdin, Red Chieftain, Yukon Gold, Burbank Russet, German Butterball, Yukon Gem, Rose Finn Apple Fingerling, Russian Banana Fingerling, Red Pontiac, All Blue, Kennebec
Garlic (Softneck best for storage)
Inchelium Red, California Softneck, California Early, Italian Loiacono, Silver White
Nantes, Chantenay, Imperator, Danvers
Cylindra, Flat of Egypt, Pacemaker III, Pablo, Boro
Dutch varieties (chicken leg and Dutch yellow)
San Marazano, Amish Paste, Roma, Big Mama, Golden Mama
Cherry (Paste and Preservation)
Sungold, Super sweet 100, Yellow pear
Slicing (Paste and Preservation)
Black Krim, Rutgers, Mar globe, Ace 55
Free stone varieties
Apples (whole storage)
Granny Smith, Red delicious, Golden delicious, Gala, Empire, Winesap, Fuji
McIntosh, Cortland, Fuji, Braeburn, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Jazz, Honeycrisp
Bush varieties: Black Turtle, Goldmine, Blue lake 274, Topcrop, Tendercrop, Contender, Provider, Strike, Improved Tendergreen, Refugee and Stringless Green Pod.
Pole beans: Blue Lake FM-1, Kentucky Wonder
Squash (whole storage)
Spaghetti, Waltham Butternut, Anna Swartz Hubbard, Golden Hubbard, Sibley, Musquee de Provence, Chioggia, Queensland Blue, Dutch Crookneck, Australian Butter
Angela is the farmer and content creator behind Axe & Root Homestead LLC. This historic six-acre farm is home to two Clydesdale horses, ten honeybee hives, three Hampshire sheep, a guardian dog, barn cats and a flock of 40 geese and ducks. The farm produces maple syrup, fruit from a small orchard and loads of garden produce for consumption, preservation and donation to the local food pantry.