My Quest to make Dandelion Wine #Sustainability

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We moved on the farm to live a sustainable lifestyle, to grow our own food as well as raise livestock.  Do I have any background in this?  Not at all.  I found out when we lived in our home in a residential neighborhood indeed  I had a green thumb.  I was known as the plant lady, seriously folks would stop while I gardened to say simply that they love my gardens.

That little plot was not enough, kids grown we took the leap to move on a farm.  If my husband did not have such a great job I would of moved us up north a bit farther but his company takes good care of him.  I am a wine drinker, love me some wine!  Out in the country I found many folks making their own wine and I was so excited.  My first thought was to make apple wine.  I have two different apple tree's so this was a given for me.  I also started growing a few different cherries I could use too.  

My sons girlfriend was over the other evening and was telling me about her mom and the wine they make, good wine.  Then she said Dandelion Wine.  I was like WHAT!!!!!  I love Dandelions. I know you consider it a weed.. Dandelions are actually one of the most nutritious plants you can eat. The whole plant is edible. I have been using them in salads for years as well as making tea, never have I thought about making wine! Dandelions are high in antioxidants, and because they are a diuretic, they help cleanse your body of toxins.

 Today I am researching if I pick the dandelion and am not ready to make the wine can I freeze the petals? Hmm, I thought I read somewhere I could do that. The back 40 of the house will be dedicated this year to harvesting the dandelions. The front of the house I will pull up the dandelions with my trusty weed thingy. Hubby wants a green front yard, he is really proud of his work. I had millions yesterday to pick and did not, hubby cut the grass last night and I kept thinking, darn I should of got those dandelions. This weekend I am going to go check out wine making equipment, so excited!! Hey it is Mothers Day this weekend, I should start hinting, yes?

 So much to learn to live a sustainable lifestyle. Here is a hilarious video which is not technical at all which I appreciate.


 Do you make your own wine or brew your own beer?
April DecheineAbout April Decheine

April ran away from Suburbia to live life more sustainably with her husband. The kids are all grown but return quite often. She is a little city mixed in with Martha Stewart like smarts. She is an ex IT downsized Corporate gal. Follow her as she learns all the Green Acres chores on her 40 acre farm while introducing her readers to products she believes in.

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