I first started my from scratch cooking life it was out of desperation. We were broke and it was either make/grow it myself or go without! Soon I was canning all our own jams, jelly's, fruits, pickles, and veggies. I would ask people with fruit trees if I could pick their unwanted fruits.
I planted a huge garden every year and I froze stuff or canned from the garden for the winter. I learned how to bake bread, make noodles, and pretty much provide all my own baked goods. Lucky for me I actually enjoy cooking!
However now that we are a little better off I have found unintended drawbacks from having raised my children on real home grown, home cooked, non processed foods. Last year I was out of action in much of the fall due to surgery and couldn't cook or bake or can.
As my children began to experience processed foods more we discovered they HATED store bought foods. The cans of peaches and pears weren't like home canned. The breads and treats didn't taste as good. And on it went! I now HAVE to cook home made because my kids don't like the other stuff. So beware! If you get your family used to good home cooking their may be no going back!