Daffodil, thanks for both of your threads. I asked DH to look at Lamoille County, but he said the prices did seem a lot higher. I will ask him to look again. Dialup internet unfortunately will be a problem for us, since 100% of our income is made online. And for me, it's not just a question of convenience; I have to be able to access stuff by vpn, download and upload huge files, and so on. I have found even DSL to be problematic (one of many big question marks as we go forward).
"Swamped with tomatoes" sounds good to me
My current state of sun is so bad that I am actually thrilled with the 12 tomatoes I wrangled out of our yard. I bought a 1/2 bushel of canning tomatoes and have just finished drying them all, so I can enjoy them into December and January. (I am the only one in the house who eats them, so I can ration them as I like
). But I need lots more if I'm going to can sauce!
Thanks so much for that website, it looks great, I'll have to visit in person as well. Unfortunately I've just spent about $200 in my head on all the trees and so on that I want to plant. Maybe I need more than 10 acres
I may try to build some cold frames myself, it doesn't look "that" hard. (So said a lot of people right before doing something they regret
). Honestly, I'm planning on living in a yurt, and I don't know how that's going to work in terms of sunny windowsills. There is the dome but the light moves across the yurt constantly, as opposed to a windowsill that can count on a couple good hours of sun each day. I think the dome light will hit a particular area for only 30 minutes, say. Of course I could buy grow lights, but first I'll look into a cold frame or something like that (prefer non-electric solutions first, but I'm not above using electricity. You will not be parting me from my washing machine, for example).
It does sounds like we can grow stuff, and that just confirms common sense. I mean, what, did people used to live in the land now Massachusetts, but not the land now Vermont? Much less Canada? Of course you can grow food there; I just have to make sure I get the right food. I'll probably order a book I found about gardening in zones 3-4-5 (tried to find in the library, but the only copy in the state is the 6-7-8 zone book, which I didn't even know Massachusetts was in at all).
So I am currently drooling over (and my family too) apples, pears, tart cherries, nuts (don't know what yet, but something), blueberries and maybe raspberries. I'm seeing grapes; had NO idea they could remotely grow up here. Those are tempting too. DD loves grapes but we rarely buy them for her ($$ and not local).