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Tim BairdTim Baird
Carrboro, North Carolina

Born and raised in central Maine, my youth was spent mowing the lawn, kicking a soccer ball against the garage doors, and trying to sneak sugar cereal out of the kitchen cupboards after I was put to bed. More about Tim

Warren JohnstonWarren Johnston
South Royalton, Vermont

I am a baby boomer who grew up in a time when the trend in food was convenience and speed. It wasn't the fast-food era, but a post-World War II time when ... More about Warren

Barbara KattmanBarbara Kattman
Holliston, Massachusetts

We live in Holliston, Massachusetts. When we bought our house in Holliston about 27 years ago, Holliston was a rural/residential town of about 13,000 people. More about Barbara

Autumn LongAutumn Long
Wallace, West Virginia

My name is Autumn. I'm 24 years old, and I live in rural north-central West Virginia. I was born and raised in West Virginia, and in 2005 I graduated from ... More about Autumn

April LuginbuhlApril Luginbuhl
Cleveland, Ohio

My personal interests revolve around the environment, both knowing more about it and getting outside and enjoying my surroundings. This led me down an educational path to ... More about April


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Everyone wants to feed a baby- locally

Posted at 8:27 PM on November 26, 2008 by April Luginbuhl (3 Comments)

I'm learning that one of the important ways loved ones want to relate to a baby is through food. I've been breastfeeding, and as a stay at home mom, have not needed to give the baby even bottles of breast milk very often. He's just over 5 months old now, and will be trying solid foods just after Thanksgiving. I've found that everyone is thrilled by this and can tell they've been waiting for any opportunity to help feed him. Being denied the opportunity to feed him with a bottle, they are now eager to feed him, and a lot of that food comes from their gardens.

His grandma and great grandma have supplied apples and the time and effort to make applesauce. His Great Aunt has talked about the squash and potatoes she'll have for him at Christmas, some of it local, some of it probably not, but strait from the table none the less. We want to feed him from our table as much as possible- we have a food mill and plan on using it! It is so sweet to watch the family think about feeding him, and apparently without much thought on this point, to feed him with their own, home-grown foods and foods from their own tables.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving everyone! I hope it is joyful, and deliciously local.

Comments (3)

Hi April,
I just found this blog while searching for what to do with our 34 lb turkey we got from a farm in the Cuyahoga Valley NP. That weight wasn't our initial pick but you take what you can get :) FYI we did get it all cooked and right now the carcass is simmering in my roaster for soup. We had a great Thanksgiving and our local bird was just wonderful.

Congratulations on your baby and welcome to Cleveland. We go to lots of U-Pick places for various items. I started picking blueberries 12 years ago when our oldest was just a year old and toddled around the bushes eating to his heart's content! Dad usually is at work when we pick but he enjoys the "fruit" of our labor.

When your little one gets a bit bigger, dad (or you) should get a fishing license for some local fish to eat. Just watch the DNR advisories and fish in the right place for the right kind. Steelhead (salmon/trout) is a great fish to eat and I am told it is easy to catch. (I hope that is on the "can eat" list)


Posted by Barb | November 27, 2008 10:27 PM

Hi, April! How time flies! I think when I started reading your blog, your little one was not even here yet. Mine is turning 5 months next week and I'm excited about food, too though I'm waiting until 6 months in her case. We also have a food mill and plan to use it. You should check out the book Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. I've been reading it in preparation for making my own baby food. (I'm in the same position as you... SAHM, and no bottles, just because it hasn't proved necessary thus far.) Have fun with food!

Posted by Nancy | November 30, 2008 2:07 PM

Barb, thanks for the fishing ideas! I certainly want to expose my boy to fishing, I so enjoyed it as a child. I also want to get more involved with u picks next year.

Nancy, Thanks for the baby food book ideas. I also wanted to wait until 6 months, but all of the sudden he wants my cup and my food. I figure I had better start giving him some of his own, even if they end up all over the floor. I think of this as the "play food" phase. Enjoy feeding your own little one- what an adventure!

Posted by April | December 2, 2008 2:43 PM