Absolutely the Most Delicious Strawberries at Ruby Berry Farm

Ruby Berry Farm strawberry close-up.

For the past two years, we’ve been picking our berries in Chelmsford. For those living in the Sudbury area, Ruby Berry Farm is a really great nearby option. We couldn’t be happier with our strawberries, and we’re definitely going back next year! We decided that we would start picking berries in Chelmsford because many of the farms closer […]

How To Make Dehydrated Yogurt For a Yummy, Healthy Snack

Vanilla yogurt spread out on a dehydrator sauce sheet.

Quite a few years ago now, I began experimenting with dehydrating foods such as our own hand-picked berries. At first, one of our main uses for the dried berries was to make trail mix for our backcountry trips. But I soon realized that I could easily diversify the foods we eat while out on the trail by making […]

How to Make the Best Natural Bug Spray Recipe with Kombucha Vinegar

We bring our natural bug spray on every hiking and camping trip!

Every spring, we’re happy to see the sunshine return, for the days to lengthen, and the warmth to tempt us outdoors. But the first few months of the season can be tough to enjoy, when the bugs are out in full swing, bringing annoyance and discomfort. Of course there are some pretty powerful bug sprays out there, but […]

Dehydrating Berries and Other Fruit: 10 DIY Tips

Fresh, wild blueberries spread out on a dehydrator tray, ready to be dried.

We’ve lately been busy picking berries, as is usual for us in the summer. We’re actually our biggest customers, and that’s because we don’t stop at freezing or canning our berries. Dehydrating berries for a winter supply is one of our top priorities in the summer. Since we make our own granola, granola bars, trail mix, and other […]

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Colourful Berries in Red, Blue, and Black [Photo Album]

Two large red wintergreen berries hang from a leafy stem.

We take a lot of pictures of berries when we’re berry picking, and a lot of them are really nice! The following photos are mostly from this year, though I couldn’t help including a few older ones to round off the album. Strawberries Some of these photos of strawberries were taken last year at Leisure Farms in Sturgeon […]

Picking Blueberries Along Lake Nipissing and In Sudbury

Picking blueberries in the hot sunshine...

Last year, in an article called Blueberry Picking Bush Hikes in Sudbury, I jokingly lamented the hiking time we sacrifice to picking blueberries. It was actually an introductory post to my wild blueberry picking tips, but it included details of our experience picking blueberries in Sudbury which I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. We’re picking blueberries closer […]

15+ Eco-Friendly Bathroom Cleaning Ideas

Eco-friendly bathroom cleaning starts with the sink.

Cleaning the bathroom isn’t always the easiest or most fun chore, but eco-friendly bathroom cleaning takes a lot of the hard work and ick factor out of it. In my last post, I introduced cleaning green with vinegar, baking soda, and kombucha vinegar. If you haven’t already, you should check it out to learn about how these ingredients […]

Cleaning Green: Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Kombucha

Cleaning green with a jar of kombucha vinegar.

There are various levels of cleaning green, from buying store-bought eco-friendly (or greenwashed) products to making your own cleaners with the purest of natural and organic ingredients. I’m going to cover eco-friendly commercial products and specific DIY recipes later. For now, I’m focusing on the bare bones: cleaning green with vinegar, baking soda, and kombucha. Vinegar and baking […]

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