In an era where food security is becoming a growing priority, having access to affordable and nutritious food all year, say in your basement or pantry, is becoming increasingly important to many families, including my own.  Canning, lacto-fermentation, and freezing are all great ways to preserve the harvest, but storing produce “as is” is by far the most simple and traditional of all methods.  Each of the following crop types have their own unique storage requirements, many of which can be found in an article I wrote last year called Storing the Fall Bounty

I have compiled a list of High Mowing varieties that have moderate to long-term storage capabilities.  I also included dry beans and corn on the list, which are dried on the plant in the field.

Many of these varieties require a long growing time to mature, so now is the time to plan for these wonderful gems of self-reliance for a full-stocked pantry this winter.

Dry Beans







(sweet corn can also be harvested fresh, hung to dry in bunches by the peeled back husks, and milled as flour…we like to make sweet corn pancakes.)


Onions Leeks & Shallots



 Winter Squash

 Turnips and other roots